• 98%

      of our students have progressed to a positive destination.

      Sunderland College destination data, 16-18 year olds, 2017/18 academic year.

    • 93%

      of our students agreed that the teaching on their course is good.

      Sunderland College On-programme Survey 2018

    • Free meals

      Eligible students may be entitled to bursaries and free meals.

    Start Date:Duration:Level:Course location:Course Type:
    01/09/20201 YearLevel 2City CampusFull-time Vocational

    What’s it all about?

    This course is for people who are interested in a career in engineering within the engineering and manufacturing industries or who would like to progress to a Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering.`

    You will need at least two GCSEs at Grade C or above including Mathematics at grade 4.

    Study levelCostAdditional fees
    19+please enquireYou will need to provide your own stationery. You will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

    This course is taught with a mixture of classroom based theory and practical work when applicable.

    English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

    Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

    This course has two core units’ topics:

    The Engineered World
    Investigating an Engineered Product
    As well as two mandatory units:

    Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
    Mathematics for Engineering
    Other specialist units include:


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    What’s next?

    After completing this course you could progress to the BTEC Level 3 in engineering which can lead to higher education or you could also use the course as ‘off the job’ training and apply for Apprenticeships in Engineering or as preparation for Engineering in the Armed Forces.

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    Why college is different to school

    A fresh start

    Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

    New people

    Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

    Specialist Staff

    Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


    College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

    Free time

    Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

    Different environment

    College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

    More choice

    A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

    More opportunities

    You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

    Specialist facilities

    A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

    We are the College of the Year

    (*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

    Why choose Sunderland College?

    94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


    (*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

    Our achievement rates are well above the national average

    We have the widest range of courses in the region.

    We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.