Course Overview

This is a nationally-approved programme equivalent to three A levels. If you would like a career in any area of design and manufacturing from Automobile to Aeronautical Engineering, this is the perfect course for you.

After completing the course you could seek employment in areas such as:
Automotion and Robotics, Design of Products and Systems, Supervision or Management of Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Systems and Technology, Engineering Materials or Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

We encourage career planning and team building by off-site visits and activities and visiting expert speakers.

Course Structure

The course is made up of nine Units per year.

Subjects studied include:

Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Fabrication and Welding, Primary Processes, Mathematics, Mechanical Principles, Electronics and Manufacturing Processes.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade A-C/9-4, including Mathematics, English and Science, or a suitable BTEC First Diploma.

You will be invited for an interview and you will be expected to complete a diagnostic assessment.

Credit may be given for substantial relevant experience.

You will be invited for an interview (irrespective of your qualifications and experience) and you will be expected to complete a diagnostic assessment.

Acceptance on the course is then subject to the approval of the Course Team.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How Will I Learn?

  • Discussing technical subject matter
  • Watching demonstrations
  • Working at practical tasks, following verbal and written guidelines
  • Working on technical problems, eg using theory to predict what a circuit will do
  • Working on a major individual project
  • Writing reports and projects.

Skills You Will Develop

  • Use of technical equipment, eg materials test instruments (such as tensile tester), metrology instruments, electrical instruments (such as digital multi-meter)
  • Use of computers and specialist CAD and CAM software
  • An understanding of technology and how to solve technical problems
  • How to work safely and be aware of Health and Safety issues
  • The ability to work as part of a team.


You will:

  • Use laboratories equipped with computers and other test equipment (approximately half of your classes are based in labs)
  • Use classrooms, including some that have computers which run specialist engineering software
  • Spend time away from College on team-building and educational visits, eg to a Paintball Centre or a manufacturing plant.

Expect Also To

  • Work on technical problems; individually and in groups
  • Use the Library and reference books
  • Use the internet and CD-Roms to find information
  • Use catalogues of electronic components
  • Use computers, CAD, engineering software, word-processing etc.

How You Will Be Assessed

  • Continuous assessment
  • An external awarding body exam
  • An external awarding body set assignment.

Things You May Need

  • Stationery
  • Expenses for trips and visits(approximately £25 per year for team-building activities)

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].