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Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Engineer using electronic tool selection.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering | WJEC Level 3 Extended Project | WJEC A-level Mathematics

If you are interested in a career in any branch of engineering, in particular refinery and storage, Ministry of Defence, higher apprenticeships in the Armed Forces and the mechanical industries, then this may be the course for you.

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On successful completion of this course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to progress to university to study an engineering related discipline such as a BEng or BSc or to go onto an apprenticeship at advanced level leading to a higher apprenticeship in a supervisory capacity.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh, Mathematics, Numeracy and Science
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 2 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting
  • Two GCSEs at grade C or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy

Units to be studied to include:

  • Health and safety in the engineering workplace
  • Communications for engineering technicians
  • Mathematics for engineering technicians
  • Properties and applications of engineering materials
  • Mechanical principles of engineering systems
  • Applications of mechanical systems in engineering
  • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems and devices
  • Computer aided drafting (CAD) in engineering
  • Engineering secondary and finishing techniques

In addition to your main programme you will also follow the new Destination Renewables programme, which is led by industry experts. It provides opportunities for learners to expand their knowledge, work independently and acquire new skills through a variety of activities which may include: guest speakers, workplace visits and practical experiences. The programme allows learners to progress on to a second year where they would study the WJEC Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – graded like an AS level it can provide additional UCAS points.

It may be possible to study A-level Mathematics alongside this course. It will be necessary for you to meet the entry requirements (details can be found on the A-level course information sheet).

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:

  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language

Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

This course can lead to numerous career opportunities including: Tool Maker, Quality Control Technician, Mechanical Maintenance Engineer, Welder (Construction, Plating, Pipe Fitting), Composites Manufacturer, Production Engineering Improver, Production Engineer, Machinist, Materials Testing Engineer, Designer, CAD Technician, Health and Safety Manager, Project Development Manager, Process Operator.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Workshop tools will be provided but learners are advised to purchase their own during the course
  • Technical drawing equipment - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • A scientific calculator
  • Engineering flame retardant coveralls - £35
  • Engineering safety boots - £14/£35
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2023/24
  • There is an annual workshop fee for this course (£20 - £60), payable before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

Additional Information

Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 19/09/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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