Key Details

  • Available at:
    Llangefni, Hafan Pwllheli, CaMDA Dolgellau
  • Course type:
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Study Mode:
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Engineering and Power Technology
  • Course Length:

    1-2 years.

  • Bilingual:

    This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

    • Llangefni

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

This is an industry-recognised qualification designed to cover the fundamental skills and knowledge common to all engineering practices. If you are keen to become an Engineer and have the relevant entry requirements then the Enhanced Engineering Level 3 course is for you.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language and Maths or Numeracy
  • A relevant Level 2 Diploma qualification at Pass grade

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview where you will have the opportunity to discuss the content of the course and ask questions.


The 1 year programme consists of a Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering (1.5 ‘A’ Level equivalent) and a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations. The second year consists of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (top up to 3 ‘A’ Level equivalent).

In addition, you will follow an individual programme of essential skills development (campus and grade profile dependant) potentially including: Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, literacy, numeracy, tutorial and employability.

The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • classroom sessions
  • presentations and demonstrations
  • student centred work
  • discussions
  • practical workshop sessions
  • virtual learning environment (Moodle or Google Classrooms)
  • ILT and remote learning
  • Industry visits
  • 150 hours work experience

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits and/or
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate
Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate is a valuable qualification which is often studied alongside your Level 3 full-time course.

The qualification is graded A*-E, carrying the equivalent UCAS points at Level 3, and equips you with transferable personal and business skills. It is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.

As part of the qualification, you will learn about Global Citizenship, Enterprise and Employability and take part in community engagement and work experience.

Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • written assessments
  • portfolio work
  • written tests
  • practical performance and observation
  • online tests
  • external exams (Year 1 - 2 exams, Year 2 - 1 exam)


Completion of this course gives a number of options for progression, including:

  • the workplace
  • apprenticeships
  • higher apprenticeships
  • degree apprenticeships
  • university

You will also have the choice of working in more specialised areas of engineering such as:

  • aeronautical
  • electrical/Electronic
  • marine Engineering
  • mechanical/advanced manufacturing/maintenance
  • wind turbine maintenance
  • technical support

Would you like to apply for this course?