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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 6.00

Start: 12/09/2016

Days / Times: Tuesday 08:45 to 18:00

Tuition (£): 2710.00*

Concessions: 2710.00***

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.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Pete Szabo

Pete Szabo

Shy student engineer Pete “grew” to enjoy distinguished police career

Shy student engineer Pete "grew" to enjoy distinguished police career. Retired police officer Pete Szabo was "painfully shy" and not "particularly bookish" as a young man...yet he went on to hold some of the most senior positions in the Derbyshire force.

And, looking back, he credits his early training in an entirely different field at Derby College with broadening his skills, as he "grew" to pass his police training course with the second highest mark. When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper.

While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits. And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police.

Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands.

He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.

For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.

It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.

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