Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
7 September 20202 yearsDonna Green


Minimum of Grade 4 (C) in Maths and English and have successfully completed and Intermediate level Engineering qualification.


This is an advanced level course plus craft skills at an enhanced enrichment level or the opportunity to gain the enrichment qualification.

Essential requirement are student’s ability, enthusiasm, initiative and drive to obtain a valuable qualification in order to progress an engineering Career. Academically a student must have obtained: four GSCE passes including maths and English or successful completion and tutor recommendation from an Intermediate Engineering course.


Engineering is a growth industry and is said to be a leading light for the UK and rest of the world. If you want to be part of a collective of professionals who will help change our world for the better, then this course is for you. This can mean you wish to progress into various fields such as marine, mechanical or electronic engineering.

This course can provide opportunities, whether it be seeking employment or going to university.


You will study several disciplines across engineering which will include both theoretical and practical work. Most importantly as you develop your skill set you will have the opportunity to focus your skills and develop specialisms, meaning you can build your portfolio for working life, or get a taste of what you may wish to study at university.


Advanced Level subjects include, but not are limited to:

Advanced level – 2 Career Paths

Common Units

  • Engineering and environmental health and safety
  • Engineering organisation efficiency and improvement
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Managing fabrication activities
  • Mechanical engineering principles
  • Advanced engineering science

Mechanical Path

  • Pattern development
  • Sheet metal
  • Design
  • Inspection and quality

Electronics Path

  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Analogue electronics
  • Design
  • Inspection and quality

Engineering is a diverse subject; we aim to prepare you for the world of work or progression onto university. Some topics are essential such as health and safety, science and mathematics.

The engineering team will undertake to formulate direct links with industry for each students which may result in work experience, mentor support and ultimately can aid in gaining employment or progression to apprenticeships.


You will attend college for around four days per week, each day is usually from 9.00am until 4.30pm.

We think it is best to give you a range of teaching methods, you will do some work in classrooms; however this is to give you the supporting theory so that you can apply it when you move into our practical workshops. The workshop areas are designed to ensure you know how to work in real engineering environments. You will be using equipment that is specialised, something that other students will only dream of using!

All units are internally assessed and graded by your tutors, so no need to worry about pinning all of your study on one 3 hours exam. Instead you are assessed continually so that you can improve yourself and ensure you will be the best candidate for anything you wish to do after the course, whether it be getting a job or going to university.


As part of your programme of study you may be expected to attend an external work placement for 50 working days each year.
This will give you occupationally specific training focussed on developing practical and technical skills in the workplace.


This course is perfectly suited to someone who wishes to enter the field of engineering. We aim to prepare you to work in industry by utilising our tutors’ knowledge and working with leading manufacturers and engineering companies who are both local and global.

We feel the right balance of theory and practical work will provide great opportunities in terms of employability or progression.


Students are required to purchase standard study materials and uniform.  Students may also be required to contribute to the cost of trips to the mainland.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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