Engineering Diploma

Cornwall College Camborne | St Austell LEVEL: 3 Engineering

We offer you a broad introduction to all of the principles of engineering so you can then specialise in areas such as manufacturing, plant operations and repair, machining, welding and fabrication.

We offer three options for you to start your engineering studies depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 and Level 1 courses are ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected with the option to progress to Level 2 or Level 3.

This is a very broad programme introducing you to the sector, which requires a lot of theoretical study, including core maths and science required for a career in engineering. You will also develop some skills in our workshops. It is best suited to those who ultimately want to go to university to study or enter the workplace in a technician role.


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Ideal if:

You have completed a Level 2 Engineering qualification or you have the correct entry requirements and wish to pursue a career in this sector.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths.

You’ll learn:

In the first year you will learn the basics about all aspects of health and safety in the workplace, and develop a broad range of practical skills as you are introduced to all of the machinery used in this industry in our college workshops.

You will then be able to develop more core maths and science required for engineering as well as:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Welding and fabrication
  • Microprocessors
  • CAD and CAM
  • 3 Phase motors and drives
  • PLC programmable logic controllers
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Production and manufacturing
  • Pneumatics and hydraulics
  • 3D printing and modelling

In the second year we will also help you develop broader professional skills such as presentation techniques, time management and effective communication strategies. You will also be able to undertake a period of work experience in industry to give you invaluable insight into potential careers.


Your assignments and projects to be assessed throughout your course to include exams.

You’ll love:

Developing additional employment skills in communication, presentation and time management.

You’ll go on to:

University study such as our FdSc Engineering.

Our Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 and then potentially a Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4.

Careers in this industry 

- Architectural engineering
- Civil engineering
- Commercial engineering
- Contracting engineering
- Defence engineering
- Design engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Electronics engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Geotechnical engineering
- Infrastructure engineering
- Instrumentation & control engineering

Progression Courses


Land-based Engineering & Technology


Engineering Diploma

Start Date

September 2019




2 years

Engineering Diploma

Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


2 years

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.