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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 35

Hours: 12.00

Start: 09/09/2019

Days / Times: Thursday 08:45 to 16:00 and Friday 08:45 to 16:00

Tuition (£): 3928.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 3928.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Access to HE Diploma (Engineering) is for students aged 19+ and aims to develop your knowledge and skills in a range of different engineering professions to support your progress into Higher Education to study a degree/foundation degree in Engineering.

It is delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced teachers who understand the needs of Access learners and are therefore able to provide appropriate support and guidance.  You will learn through a wide range of activities including lessons, small and large group work, seminars, projects, tests and presentations.


Upon successful completion of this Diploma, you will be able to:

  1. apply mathematical understanding in the context of science and engineering
  2. solve problems in an engineering context
  3. articulate complex ideas relating to engineering effectively 
  4. develop core research, referencing and study skills for success in HE

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have grade 4/C* or above GCSE in both Maths and English/English Language and preferably a science.

For applicants who do not have at least a grade C in GCSE Maths from the higher paper, you must be working at a sufficiently competent level and may be able to study it alongside your Access course.

Selection is on the basis of an interview and an initial assessment. You will be invited to an interview to discuss your qualifications, experience and any other related issues.  You are also encouraged to attend an open evening to discuss the course with the tutors. 

C* - maths must be from the Higher GCSE paper.

Course Content

During this Diploma, you will develop your understanding of the key engineering principles. You will explore different subject areas including mathematics, physics and chemistry. Throughout the Diploma, you will also develop transferable skills such as problem solving, working with others, interpreting information and numeracy. 

How will I be assessed?

While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations, poster presentations and exams (practical and theory). All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

The purchase of appropriate books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists. There may also be a request for contributions to trips and visits as part of our Employment and Skills Academy activities.

What can I do after this course?

Students who successfully complete this programme will be able to apply to a variety of universities offering diplomas and degree courses in a range of Engineering specialisms.

This course could also lead directly to employment.

As with all qualifications, the award of the Diploma does not guarantee progression to a higher education course: this will depend upon learners meeting conditions set by individual universities for specific degrees.


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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
**** 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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