EAL Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Development Competence)

Engineering and manufacturing

This qualification is a competency qualification which lies within a regulated qualification framework and has been approved by the maritime defence engineering sector employer group which is made up a range of employers, training providers and professional institutions.

The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to achieve the foundation phase requirements of the relevant apprenticeship standards. This arrangement ensures that when the apprentice completes the qualification they will have gained knowledge and practical experience of some of the situations that they could face within the occupational sector in which it is being delivered.

Typical job roles include:
• Maritime mechanical fitter
• Maritime electrical fitter
• Maritime pipeworker
• Maritime fabricator
The qualification will provide progression onto other suitable and appropriate Level 4 and above engineering and manufacturing qualifications.

Apprentices must be at least 16 years old. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however centres should ensure that the apprentice have the potential to achieve this qualification. Apprentices must have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy to complete the learning outcomes and the external assessment.

Centres should make apprentices with particular requirements aware of the content of the qualification and they should be given every opportunity to successfully complete the qualification. EAL will consider any reasonable suggestions for, and from, those with disabilities that would help them to achieve the learning outcomes without compromising the standards

• Apprentices working towards a relevant apprenticeship standard
• Apprentices looking to advance to the development phase of a relevant apprenticeship standard


Performance evidence must be a product of the apprentices work, such as engineering assemblies, sub-assemblies or components that have been produced or worked on, plans, charts, reports, standard operating procedures, documents produced as part of a work activity, records or photographs of the completed activity together with evidence of the way the apprentice carried out the activities, such as witness testimonies, assessor observations or authenticated apprentice reports of the activity undertaken.

Knowledge and understanding are key components of competent performance, but it is unlikely that performance evidence alone will provide enough evidence in this area. Where the apprentice’s knowledge and understanding is not apparent from performance evidence, it must be assessed by other means and be supported by suitable evidence.

Competence based qualifications are undertaken in the learners place of work