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Engineering Science

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

Engineering underpins every aspect of society - the homes we live in, our work and leisure, the energy and transport we use, and the health and care we all need.

According to the Royal Society of Engineering, this sector makes a major contribution to the UK’s economy - some 280 billion and half of all our exports.

With environmental technologies being at the forefront of the new green economy, there are hundreds of jobs expected to be created in the next few years, both nationally and locally, which require people with the skills to support the aeronautical, creative, digital, food, farming, marine, mining and tourism related industries.

Many of these opportunities will require engineering scientists: people who have an advanced understanding of science, mathematics, and computers.  They use their skills to understand new discoveries, technologies, and develop solutions for practical applications. Our course in this area is called Engineering Science.

Is this course right for me?

Do you enjoy maths and science?  Do you look at technology, machines, and structures, and wonder how they work?  Do you want a career where your thinking and problem solving skills are put to use?

Our Level 3 Engineering Science course concentrates on the fundamental mathematics and science behind modern engineering - mechanics, circuits, thermodynamics, and materials.  Modern engineering requires good computer skills, so our course covers this too.

You will still learn some basic workshop skills required to successfully undertake an engineering project, but the emphasis is firmly on the science.

This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years. You complete the 90-credit Diploma in the first year and the Extended Diploma in the second year. The two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*)  or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years and will give you the skills and knowledge to solve practical problems of an engineering nature. Over the full course, you will spend about 80 percent of your college time studying theory, and 20 percent doing practical theory.

First year topics include:
- Mechanical Principles
- Engineering Design
- Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
- Mathematics
- Engineering Materials

Second year topics include:
- Engineering Project
- Further and Advanced Mechanical Principles
- Electrical Technology
- Thermodynamics
- Secondary Techniques

You will also learn about the industry through trips and speakers. In previous years, learners have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of short local visits to the likes of Gilkes, BAE Systems, and Siemens, and international trips to locations such as Brussels, Paris, and Prague.

Assessment will be via ongoing written assignments, timed examination, and practical activities throughout the year.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

With this qualification, you will have the scientific knowledge and mathematical skills to progress to university and study engineering at an undergraduate level.

You can also become a Higher Apprentice in engineering, in some areas.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For entry onto the Level 3 Engineering Science course, you will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or higher, including English Language and Science (if separate Science, then at least Physics and Chemistry).
You will also need GCSE Higher Tier Mathematics, at grade 5 or higher.

All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, a trade test.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

Next: Apply

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