EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

Engineering and manufacturing

This qualification provides the opportunity for the learner to take a hands-on approach to developing knowledge and understanding of a range of chosen machining disciplines such as computer numerical control (CNC), advanced turning, advanced milling, precision grinding, gear cutting and electro-discharge machining. Wider underpinning topics cover health and safety, communications, materials and mathematics. There are also general and supportive topics such as computer aided design (CAD) and topics covering enhancing technologies or sustainability such as additive manufacture, industrial robot technology or workplace improvement.

There are no formal entry requirements for these qualifications; however, centres should ensure that the learners have the potential to achieve these qualifications. Learners must have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy to complete the learning outcomes and the external assessment.

This qualification is for those aged 16+ who wish to gain foundation skills and develop further knowledge and understanding of a range of machining disciplines required by someone working in the advanced engineering machining sector at level 3.


The learner must pass ALL assessments to achieve the qualification. A breakdown showing the assessment requirements for each unit is shown in the table on pages 15 and 16 in the Qualifiation Manual.