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Start Date 
16 Sep 2019
End Date 
26 Sep 2020
Part Time
Target audience 

This programme is delivered in partnership with English Martyrs Sixth
Form College

This programme is aimed at school leavers progressing from their GCSE studies
with high attainment in Mathematics and Science, and a desire to progress
towards further study at a university, higher education establishment or as a
higher level apprentice with an employer.

This is a dual qualification with a combined Academic/Vocational Offer
incorporating a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering alongside A-Level

Entry requirements 

Students must demonstrate they have:

  • a minimum of six GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including a Grade 8
    or 9 in GCSE Mathematics

  • the ability to pass an engineering entry test, successfully complete an
    interview and obtain a reference from their current tutor/head of year/head of
    department as to their suitability for the programme



Course content 

Academic - A level Mathematics

Students will study a variety of key mathematical areas including: Algebra,
Graphs, Trigonometry, Calculus and Geometry in the Pure Maths modules, as well
as Statistics and Mechanics.  In your first year you will study a mixture
of Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.  In your second year you
will continue to develop a greater understanding of Pure Mathematics by solving
more complex problems using technical and sophisticated algebra techniques.

Vocational - Extended Diploma in Engineering

In the first year, students will cover units which deal with fundamental
aspects of Engineering.  These will include Health and Safety in the
Engineering Workplace, Mechanical Principles and Applications, Electrical and
Electronic Principles, Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Communications
for Engineering Technicians, Engineering Drawing for Technicians, Electrical
Technology, Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials and Business
Operations in Engineering.

In the second year, students will cover units which offer insight
into more specialist aspects of Engineering.  These will
include Further Electrical Principles, Further Mechanical Principles
and Applications, Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems and Devices,
Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits, Selecting
and Using Programmable Controllers, Mechanical Measurement and Inspection,
Computer Aided Drafting in Engineering as well as completing a student-led
Engineering Project (double-sized unit).

Industry Placement

Students will access an industry placement with one of the region's
leading Engineering companies.  It is expected that students commit
to this aspect of the programme in the holiday periods. 


Teaching & Learning 

A variety of teaching strategies will be employed in delivering this qualification, dependent upon the unit content. This may include classroom based lessons and group activities. Teaching and learning activities will take place in a range of specialist facilities and classrooms. Taught sessions may be delivered at Hartlepool College of Further Education or English Martyrs Sixth Form College.

Assessment criteria 
  • The Mathematics A Level course is assessed at the end of 2 years of study and is 100% exam. During the course, students will sit regular, internal assessments (at least 1 per half term) as well as completing regular, weekly homework.
  • For the Extended Diploma in Engineering the assessment is at unit level and will consist of a variety of assessment instruments, including assignment work, practical work, presentations and time-constrained tests. All assessments are criterion referenced and students are informed of the grading criteria in advance.

Upon successful completion of this programme of study, learners will hold qualifications that are recognised nationally by further and higher education establishments, as well as employers and other stakeholders. The combined Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engieering and A-Level Mathematics will carry UCAS points which, dependent on final grading will enable students to progress to higher education courses, such as Higher National programmes or undergraduate degree programmes.

Other information 

There is an expectation that students will work in their own time to complete the necessary reading, homework and assessment work. Students will take part in a taught tutorial programme, a taught mathematics enrichment programme and will have the opportunity to participate in educational visits. In each year of the course, students will be able to part in the UKMT Individual Maths Team Challenge as well as competing in the UKMT Maths Team Challenge

19+ Adult
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Higher Education
higher education
Employers & parents
employers & parents

Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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