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Engineering is not all about oily rags and lathes. It is a high technology area with many exciting opportunities. At the moment the UK faces a chronic shortage of people with engineering skills and knowledge. This course provides students with an entry point to becoming a professional Engineer.

The qualification is designed for 16 to 19 year-old learners in full-time education who are interested in pursuing a career in Engineering and who are interested in engineering technology. It is the equivalent of one A Level and must be taken in both the Lower and Upper Sixth.

The qualification could lead to further study in Engineering, or an Engineering-related apprenticeship or employment.


This qualification is recognised by leading engineering businesses such as Siemens and universities such as Sheffield Hallam. In the UK, Design Engineers are employed in areas linked to the production of cars, aircraft, jet engines and robotics.

What goes well with this course?

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Product Design (3D Design)

Course Content

Students will cover topics such as:

  • The scientific and mathematical principles used by engineers to identify the most suitable materials and designs in a given engineering context
  • Designing Mechanical engineering systems and components
  • The process of engineering design
  • The relevance and role that manufacturing processes and systems have in the production of multiple components

Students will be involved in a mix of computer-based design work, practical engineering and theory.

They will learn how to create mechanical systems such as robot arms using Lego Mindstorms and carry out 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design. Students will also engage in a team based activity to manufacture products such as small wind turbines.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The course will include visits to employers and talks at Reigate College by visiting speakers. Some of the assessment tasks may be set by employers.

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


There are four units taken across two years.

In Year One the assessments will include:

  • Materials Technology and Science: external examination
  • Engineering Design: internally assessed

In Year Two the assessments will include:

  • Mechanical Systems: externally set and marked assignment
  • Production and Manufacturing: internally assessed

The exam board for this course is AQA.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a Level 3 programme.  

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:

  • Grade 5 in Maths
  • Grade 4 in a Design Technology subject such as Electronics, Resistant Materials or Engineering

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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