Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year Level 3 Full-Time Hartlepool Sixth Form Full-time Vocational Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

Engineering covers a broad range of disciplines and involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely. From understanding how and why things work, to fixing things that are broken, improving things that work and coming up with new inventions altogether, engineers help to build a brighter future for us all. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas including electrical and electronic, mechanical, manufacturing, and more.

This subject can be taken as either a single or triple option. The full technical programme (triple option) will allow you to focus your studies around Engineering dedicated areas.

If taken as a single option (Level 3 Extended Certificate in Engineering), you will have flexibility to study alongside other technical and academic subjects that can complement Engineering career pathways such as Physics, Maths, Biology, Chemistry or Computing as the single option equates to achieving one A-Level.

The entry requirements for this course are that you will need either a minimum of four GCSE's at grade 5 or above including a 6 in Mathematics or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering with a Merit grade overall.

In certain circumstances other qualifications can be considered but this will be at the course leaders discretion.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

The course consists of seven mandatory topics. Engineering Principles, Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a team, Engineering Product design and Manufacture, Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering, Electronic Devices and Circuits, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Fabrication Manufacturing Processes.

The course is assessed using a range of methods including assignments, practical projects and presentations. These have been based on 'real world' scenarios to prepare you for the Engineering Industry.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

You will study various mandatory and optional units focusing on:

- Engineering Principles and Mathematics
- Health and Safety
- Teamwork
- Interpreting and Creating Computer-Aided Engineering Drawings
- Design and Manufacture of Products
- Microcontroller Systems
- Design and Programming

Our teaching staff have a vast range of industrial experience in a broad range of areas within engineering and continue to enhance their industrial skills.

As a college, we have recently invested significant capital to ensure that the facilities and equipment available to students matches those used in industry which gives them a direct link to industry.

What’s next?

Many of the skills that engineers learn and use open doors to professional advancement, personal growth, and other opportunities in various sectors. Our STEM students’ progress into various prestigious universities to further their studies in the following subjects: Quantity Surveying, Mechatronics and Robotics, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Computer Science, Quantity Surveying, Software, Engineering, Aerospace, Engineering Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Product Design and Creative Innovation and Chemical Engineering.

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A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

We have recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art digital suite and health simulation ward.