Engineering, Foundation Technical Level, AQA Level 3


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 principles used by engineers to identify the most suitable materials in a given engineering context
  • 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.


There are four units taken across two years.

In the Lower Sixth the assessments will include:

  • Materials Technology and Science: external examination
  • Mechanical Systems: externally set and marked assignment

In the Upper Sixth the assessments will include:

  • Engineering Design internally assessed
  • Production and Manufacturing: internally assessed

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 or C in a Design Technology subject such as Electronics, Resistant Materials or Engineering.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

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

Download Course Leaflet

Download the Engineering Foundation Technical Level, AQA Level 3 information leaflet.

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