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Access to Higher Education: Engineering

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering, as validated by CAVA, is a qualification which prepares students aged 19 years and over, without relevant qualifications for study at degree level.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering aims to give both the confidence and skills necessary to embark on a new career direction. This one year full time course assists students toward a move into the engineering sector (Mechanical or Electronic/Mechatronic), Renewable Energy, Civil Engineering or Construction, Aviation, Computer Sciences, Structural Engineering, Production and Manufacturing, Automotive, Marine and Off Shore, Building Services Engineering, Design and Environmental Engineering. by providing appropriate knowledge and skills.

It is widely recognised by UK universities and colleges however we advise that if you are hoping to go on to do a degree course at a specific university, it would be useful to contact them to check that the Diploma you have chosen is in an appropriate subject area and is recognised by the university.

The aim of the course is to: Provide a vocational/academic electrical and mechanical engineering programme, provide a broad-based educational experience enabling students to pursue higher education routes (HND or Degree).

Units studied within this course include: HE Study Skills, research project, Introduction to Engineering Mathematics, Electrical/Electronic Principles, Mechanical Principles, selecting and using Programmable Logic Controllers and Engineering Drawing / CAD, Materials Science, Further Mathematics for Engineering.

The course is structured over 2.5 days a week.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for students aged 19 or over. All applicants must have evidence of achievement in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE grade A* - C or grade 4 and above. If you do not currently hold these or do not specify them on your application it will be automatically transferred to our adult GCSE programme, for the appropriate subject. If you are working towards GCSEs this year in readiness for September please let us know this when you apply. Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy, Key Skills or Functional Skills in lieu of GCSEs. Selection is by interview to discuss your suitability for the course and whether the course is right for you. As part of this process you may be required to complete on-line assessments and submit a short piece of writing to check you are at the right level to start the course. Advice can be given about alternative ways forward if necessary. Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is: • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) International Candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage.


You will be supported throughout the course by a personal tutor who will also give you guidance in applying for Higher Education courses. All students study a core of communications, research and study skills. You will be awarded credits on completion of each units with a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. All credits are awarded are awarded at level 3 which equates to A-level study. Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on many set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and examinations.


Once you have successfully completed your Access course, you can progress onto a Higher Education course at City College Norwich such as: HND Mechanical Engineering, HND Electrical Engineering or BSc in Professional Aviation Engineering Practice. This Access qualification is recognised nationwide, therefore progression to a Higher Education courses at other universities. is also an option. You must check requirements for specific degree courses as different institutions may have different entry requirements.

Career Progression

Students may pursue a career in many engineering disciplines as stated in summary section above at a Local, National or International level working in developing technologies and industries within various Engineering Sectors.


Please contact the Advice Shop for information on fees and financial support which may be available. We recommend you also check our Finance pages for further information including student travel offers.