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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
4.1 Engineering
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002890
Price:
£140.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+
QAA aim code:
40010533

Qualification Summary

The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to Engineering Science and Maths. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes within the sector. Many learners join these types of degrees after following A level study, so the Diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover algebra, trigonometry and mathematics for science as well as a fundamental physics unit to develop underpinning skills for the optional units. They will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth. They will study a range of optional units covering electronics, electrical circuits, engineering design, engineering dynamics, statics and structures, units related to physics and chemistry and structural mechanics. It also includes a unit on project management as that is highly relevant to the engineering industry. A range of maths units are also available to include calculus, statistics, algebra and geometry.
Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.


Why choose this qualification?

The diploma allows learners to undertake study related to Engineering Science and Maths. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes within the sector. Many learners join these types of degrees after following A level study, so the diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover algebra, trigonometry and mathematics for science as well as a fundamental physics unit to develop underpinning skills for the optional units. They will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth. They will study a range of optional units covering electronics, electrical circuits, engineering design, engineering dynamics, statics and structures, units related to physics and chemistry and structural mechanics. It also includes a unit on project management as that is highly relevant to the engineering industry. A range of maths units are also available to include calculus, statistics, algebra and geometry.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills

Units

Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 9 credits from this group.

Algebra and Trigonometry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU019995
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Fundamental Physics: Theory

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025282
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Mathematics for Science

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006176
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Graded Research Units

Learners must take a maximum of 6 credits from this group.

Research: Extended Writing Project for Engineering Science and Maths

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU028886
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Research: Practical Investigation Project for Engineering Science

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU028379
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Engineering Science

Learners may take up to 30 credits from this group.

Electric Circuits

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007973
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Electrical Principles

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007906
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Electronics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU027886
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Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006259
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Engineering Design - CAD

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026955
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Engineering Dynamics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026951
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Engineering Statics and Structures

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026953
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Fundamental Chemistry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006301
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Heat, Electricity and Magnetism

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028385
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Introduction to Computer Systems

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026127
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Project Management

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU016763
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Structural Mechanics in Construction and Civil Engineering

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU017117
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Mathematics

Learners may take 21 credits from this group.

Calculus: Differentiation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007967
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Calculus: Integration

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007965
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Geometry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017259
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Mathematics: Algebra, Exponentials and Logarithms

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007424
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Matrices

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007941
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Quantitative Methods - Statistics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007442
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Series

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007957
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 9 credits from this group.

Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007486
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Practical Science Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010772
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Computer Data Protection

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026150
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Introduction to Computer Programming

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU029027
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Optimising Examination Performance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025280
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Presenting Information Using ICT

Level:
Level 2
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025450
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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References and Reliability of Sources

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026344
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Spreadsheets

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011467
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Writing reports

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026155
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Intended learner groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.


How this diploma meets learners' needs

The Diploma will provide them with underpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to their proposed HE study. A broad range of knowledge will be acquired which support an understanding of engineering skills, science related units and mathematics and will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto the relevant degrees.


What this diploma covers

The units include a balance of units which allow the learners to keep their options open until they have fully decided on their preferred route at degree level. The ungraded units have been chosen to support both progression into higher education and also to allow the learners to develop skills relevant to the subject area e.g. science, spreadsheets and computer data protection.


Delivery methods

Face to face
Blended learning including online platforms such as Moodle or Pearl.


Successful completion criteria

Learners will probably require a pass in maths and English at GCSE level or a Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths to progress onto a degree course.

Progression routes

Learners may progress to the following:

Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)
Electronic and Communication Engineering including a foundation year (4 years) BEng (Hons)
Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)
BEng (Hons) General Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics BSc (Hons)
Mathematics MMath (Hons)


Provider approval criteria

Resources and special requirements – access to a science laboratory for science units and computers with relevant software for CAD, graphs and charts and other engineering units.


Funding information

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Additional funding information for Access to HE

  • Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
  • Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
  • Access to HE Diplomas are designed for adult learners aged 19+ and the ESFA only funds young people on these programmes by exception, as stated in paragraph 149, page 39 of the Funding guidance for young people 2020 to 2021.

We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.