City & Guilds 2850 Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering

What is the Course About?

Department: Environment & Sustainability

Faculty: Engineering

What units will I study?

This Level 3 Diploma is aimed at candidates who are already working or preparing to work in the engineering industry and who already hold the Level 2 qualification or have relevant experience. The course is designed to allow the candidate to specialise in an area of engineering relating to their job role.

Course Structure:

To achieve the City & Guilds level 3 2850 Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, the candidate will need to complete 6 units over the 2 years. The course structure includes 2 mandatory units, 1 principles unit and 3 optional units

Course Structure:

Mandatory unit 1: Working Effectively & Safely in an Engineering Environment

Mandatory unit 2: Engineering Principles and Practice

Principle Units: Principles of Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering

Optional units: CAD, Turning, Milling and Fitting

The two machining units are based on manual machining

Will I need a DBS check for this course?


How can I find out more about the course?

If you apply for this course, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) where you will be given more detailed information about the course and when you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have.

Will I need any specialist uniform and/or kit?

No, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided.

When will I get a timetable?

Your timetable will be issued during induction at the start of term in early September. As a full-time course you will be expected to study for 4.5 days per week during the college term time.You will be expected to attend the William Kennish Engineering Centre on Greenfield Road & the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre situated at Pulrose Bridge in Hills Meadow.

Useful links

A quick guide to course fees

Student Awards (Grants)

Free School Meals


International Applications

Student Emergency Fund

What happens once I have applied?

We will send you an email to let you know we have received your application. If you are new to the course area you have applied for, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) along with all other applicants to the course.

Please note: applicants are invited to ISAs depending on the date the application was received (there is limited capacity for each ISA so you may not be invited to the same one as other applicants who have applied for the same course). You will receive your invitation via email, to the email address you used when setting up your UCM Learner Portal.

Popular Courses

Sometimes we get a high volume of applications for particular courses. If your first choice course is popular, we’ll let you know and ask if you would like us to process your second choice course as well. This doesn’t mean you won’t be considered for your first choice it just provides you with a back-up plan.

International/UK Applicants

If you are an international/UK applicant someone from UCM will contact you remotely. It is essential that you have uploaded copies of your results/ certificates and relevant translations of grades/ certificates. Please note, if you are an international applicant and your application is received later than the end of May (i.e. three months before the start of the academic year) we will not be able to process it as the immigration processes would exceed the timescale required to start in September.

What do I need to know about Information Sharing Appointments (ISAs)?

Do I have to attend an ISA?

If you are invited to an ISA, you must attend!

What happens if I can’t attend the ISA I’m invited to?

Please let us know and we will make sure you are invited to an ISA on a different date.

What happens if I don’t attend an ISA?

If you fail to attend two ISAs without letting us know why, we will assume you don’t want us to continue with your application.

How long will the ISA take?

The ISA will start at 4:30 p.m.

(If parents/carers bring you to the ISA, they can wait in the College’s refectory; there are vending machines available.)

What can I expect at the ISA?

The Course Tutor will meet with you to give you a general introduction to the course and explain more about the units studied. The ISA is also a good opportunity for you to ask questions about the course to determine whether it is right for you.

What should I wear?

Casual, comfortable clothes.

What will I need to bring?

If you have already met the entry requirements for the course bring your certificates/record of achievement with you.

Who do I contact if I have mobility or additional educational needs that I would like to discuss before the ISA?

Please email

What happens once I’ve attended an ISA?

We will contact you within 5 working days of the ISA to either:

make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you (if this is the case it is likely we will have discussed this with you during the ISA).

What happens if I get an unconditional offer?

You will be invited in to enrol, which is when you are given your student card. This may happen in the summer, if not you will be enrolled at the start of your course.

What happens if I get a conditional offer?

If you have applied for an FE course, you will need to upload your results to your UCM Learner Portal, once you get them (e.g. GCSE, BTEC). We will then check to see you have got what is needed for the course and, if you have, we will convert your offer to unconditional, which means you definitely have a place on the course. You will be enrolled at the start of your course (that’s when you get your student card).

If you are unlucky and don’t get what you need for the course you applied for, you will be invited in to find out what else is available to you at UCM.

When will I get a timetable?

If you are offered an unconditional place you will be given your timetable during induction in September.

What are my progression and career options?

The qualification gives learners a broad base of most fundamental principles of engineering and allows them to develop a range of practical engineering skills to prepare them for employment or to move onto an apprenticeship programme in that area. Successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma can lead to studying the OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma.

How will I be assessed?

The mandatory and principles units are assessed by on-line multi-choice exams or written examination. The practical units are assessed by a practical assignment and a short written test.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of the City & Guilds 2850 Level 2 Certificate or any relevant qualification. Mature candidates will be interviewed which may include an assessment test, relevant experience will also be taken into account.

You will be required to undertake a suitability assessment as part of the application process.

OR Achieved a L2 Pass in OCR Cambridge Nationals in Engineering.