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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 6.00

Start: 11/09/2017

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 2300.00*

Concessions: 2300.00***

24+ Loan Amount: 5421.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Advanced Diploma is a vocationally related qualification (VRQ) and has been developed by EAL in response to the demands of the engineering industry.  The qualification is recognised as the technical certificate for the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications (grade D or above at GCSE level) and practical aptitude. You will need to have a successful interview and initial assessment. Parents, guardians or carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.


Course Content

  • Health and Safety
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively

Fabrication Pathway Options:

  • Engineering Principles (Fabrication)
  • MMA Welding
  • MIG Welding
  • TIG Welding
  • Sheet-metal Fabrication

Mechanical Pathway Options:

  • Engineering Principles (Mechanical)
  • CNC Machining
  • CAD
  • Inspection and Quality (Measurement)
  • Advanced Milling
  • Advanced Turning

Maintenance Pathway Options:

  • Engineering Principles (Maintenance)
  • Maintenance of Mechanical Systems
  • Electrical/Electronic Maintenance
  • Pneumatics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • CAD

You will also develop your skills in Maths and English which will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.

How will I be assessed?

Internal and external assessments will take place. In addition, a portfolio of evidence is collected to demonstrate your competence and knowledge.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

What can I do after this course?

You could progress to an NVQ Level 3/4 in your chosen discipline, an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship, or other appropriate educational courses such as a Subsidiary Diploma to provide access to a Foundation Degree.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Hitomi Furguson

Hitomi Furguson

Engineering is a building block for Hitomi’s future

Teenager Hitomi Ferguson is following in her father’s footsteps as she gains crucial engineering skills through Derby College.
The 18-year-old from Ilkeston is working on Derby College’s Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2 course at the Roundhouse –  having previously completed a course in engineering and technology at the Ilkeston site.
She particularly loves the hands on work of welding, and In the long term hopes to gain an apprenticeship as the building block to her future career.
Hitomi was brought up in Sweden and only came to Derbyshire at GCSE age when her dad’s Rolls-Royce engineering job brought him to the UK.

The Roundhouse is brilliant – it has everything you need. In the long term I’m hoping to get onto an apprenticeship which hopefully could lead to the start of a good career.
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