OCR Level 3 Engineering Diploma with enhanced practical skills training

What is the Course About?

Department: Environment & Sustainability

Faculty: Engineering

The OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Engineering Diploma in Engineering qualification will develop skills and knowledge required by local engineering industries. The 12-unit qualification is delivered over two years which is equivalent to 2 A Levels (UCAS points 32-112).

What subjects/units/modules* will I study?

There are 4 mandatory examined units which must be studied these are:

Mathematics for Engineering

Science for Engineering

Principles of Mechanical engineering

Principles of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

A further 8 units will be studied:

Electrical and Electronic Design

Circuit Simulation and Manufacture

Electrical Operations

Mechanical Design

Computer Aided Design

Materials Science

Business for Engineering


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) when 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 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

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 is 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 to the ISA?

Please email applications@ucm.ac.im

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.

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. It also prepares learners to study engineering at Level 4 (HNC) at UCM or other FE/HE institution.

How will I be assessed?

The four mandatory units will be assessed by external examinations these are: Mathematics, Science, Electrical Principles and Mechanical Principles.

All other units will be assessed by an end of unit assignment.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C's in Mathematics & Science & GCSE Grade D in English.


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