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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 6.00

Start: 11/09/2017

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 2300.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 5421.00****

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.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Grace Draper

Grace Draper

Best of both worlds on a Rolls-Royce apprenticeship

At the age of 16, Grace Draper decided to apply for an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce rather than go on to do A-levels. She’s not looked back since.

She has excelled while gaining on-the-job experience with the company and during her training at Derby College, where she has achieved Distinction standards. Now she is set to take her qualifications further with a foundation degree at the College, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.

Such has been Grace’s success that she was highly commended in the Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship category of our 2014 Peak Awards. Judges described her as a ‘model learner’ and praised her collaborative work on projects, where she demonstrated the team skills and personal attributes which are vital in today’s engineering industry.

An apprenticeship at Rolls- Royce is the best of both worlds. We get to work in all sorts of areas of the company, earning while we’re learning. Having completed my first two years of the apprenticeship, I’m looking forward to starting the foundation degree.
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