Diploma in Engineering Technology

Engineering and manufacturing

The qualification provides learners with underpinning knowledge and related practical skills in a range of engineering subjects, along with practical experience and some expectation of the situations that they could face in an engineering job role. The content is grouped into seven specialist pathways, each one relating to a distinct occupational area – mechanical engineering maintenance, fabrication and welding, sheet metal plate and pipework fabrications, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, engineering design, and fluidics. Learners will complete five mandatory units within one of the pathways, including a core unit on environmental health and safety.

UCAS Tariff Points:

Distinction - 48 Points, Merit - 32 Points, Pass - 16 Points

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, learners must be at least 16 years of age and have the potential to achieve all aspects of the qualification. In particular, learners should be able to demonstrate that they have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy required to comply with the health and safety aspects of the scheme, the completion of the learning outcomes, and the assessments.

The Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology is intended as a Technical Level qualification. It has been specifically designed for 16-19 year old learners in full time education who are interested in pursuing a career in the engineering sector, including occupations and job roles such as maintenance engineer, mechanical engineer, welder and/or fabricator, and electrical and/or electronic engineer. The qualification may also be suitable for other learners, including adults, who are interested in engineering technology and/or are considering a career change.


Assessment includes externally set and marked examinations, Centre marked practical and/or theory assessments, and a final cross-unit synoptic assessment.

The qualification can be delivered in a school, college or other learning provider, using a combination of practical workshops and theory sessions.