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September 30 Weeks Level 3 Part-Time - Day Hartlepool Sixth Form Access to Higher Education

What’s it all about?

The Access to HE Engineering Diploma prepares students wishing to progress to HNC, HND and Degree Programmes in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. Individuals with higher level skills are a shortage area in the manufacturing engineering sector. The programme will offer the first steps for learners wishing to enhance their careers in the sector or for those who are considering a change of direction in their career path.

There is an emphasis on developing learner skills, knowledge and understanding in Mathematics with 2 level 2 units Maths (Number) and Maths (Algebra and Graphical Techniques). The units will serve to develop learner confidence in preparation for the level 3 units Maths (Introductory Skills for HE) and Maths (Higher Skills for HE).

Student will also develop their knowledge in engineering science and principles through study of level 3 units in Mechanical Science, Electrical Principles and Engineering Science. Where applicable assessment encompasses practical tests to generate evidence in the form of material tests and electrical/electronic experiments.

Students will develop skills in the use of Autodesk Inventor through the creation of solid models, FEA and production of components using 3D printers or CNC machine tools.

Entrants will complete an interview to identify individual needs and to assess their suitability for the course. It is expected that entrants will be able to communicate effectively, have good written English and a level 2 qualification in English, a Level 2 qualification in Maths and demonstrate a keen desire to take on higher level study. A BKSB diagnostic assessment will be carried out to check for literacy and numeracy.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Learners will require stationery appropriate to the level of study. Ideally learners should have a Scientific Calculator. It is suggested that you purchase a Casio Fx 85gt Plus

Teaching will be delivered at our Washington Campus. The staff delivering on the programme have extensive industry and teaching experience. Sunderland College is part of the North East Institute of Technology, the Washington Campus has received significant investment which has been used to develop our engineering equipment and facilities.
Learners will be assessed using a range of strategies including assignments, presentations, practical work, end tests and projects.

The course consists of four units to develop and enhance mathematics skills in preparation for the transition to study at HE level. Two units are at level 2 and two units at level 3. English skills will be developed through construction and writing of assignments, presentation skills and research activities.

Whilst there are no placements within the programme, learners will benefit from Webinars, Guest Speakers and Industry Visits.

Sunderland College have extensive links with a range of engineering partners including Marelli, ZF, Unipres, Adient, Grundfos, Ro-Bal Steel, Washington Metalworks, Gestamp, Liebherr, Connor Solutions, Signal Plastics and Tegral.

The programme of study involves 160 hours of delivery. This will largely be in the form of lectures and workshops at our Washington Campus. Remote and blended learning will be facilitated through a range of media including Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams and Moodle.

160 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

Communication Skills, Design Project, Mechanical Science, Electrical Principles, Electrical Principles, Engineering Physics, Maths (Number), Maths (Algebra and Graphical Techniques), Maths (Introductory Skills for HE), Maths (Higher Skills for HE)

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Sunderland College have recently secured significant investment in industry standard equipment to support the delivery of HE programmes. The newly developed engineering laboratories at the Washington Campus boast a range of bench top CNC machine tools, Creaform 3D scanners, ABB Robotic trainer, Hydraulic Rigs, PLC's including Siemens software, Autodesk Inventor 3D Solid Modelling Software and high specification computers.

What’s next?

Students will be able to choose their progression routes from a range of options including further study with us on a HNC/HND Engineering programme. Alternatively, learners will be able to apply for a degree level programme Sunderland University, Newcastle University, Teesside University and other HE institutions.

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