EAL Engineering Technologies suite

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EAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies

EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies

EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies

Countries
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
Purpose

EAL’s suite of qualifications in engineering technologies have been specifically designed for learners undertaking a range of pathways in an advanced apprenticeship, or 16 – 19 year old learners in full-time education who are interested in pursuing a career in the engineering sector.

The qualifications are relevant to a range of occupations and job roles such as maintenance engineer, mechanical engineer, welder and/or fabricator, and electrical and/or electronic engineer.

These qualifications may also be suitable for other learners, including adults, who are interested in engineering technology and/or are considering a career change, or progression to a higher education course.

EAL is the specialist skills partner and awarding body for industry, offering a large number of qualifications across a range of sectors, including, engineering, manufacturing and construction.

Education context

The EAL suite of qualifications in engineering technologies has been developed to provide learners with a technical qualification that meets the requirements of an Advanced Apprenticeship Framework.

EAL has also developed a Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology, which meets the requirements for Tech level qualifications for inclusion in performance measures.

UCAS will publish a separate QIP for the EAL Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology.

These qualifications share the same unit content as the Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology.

Additionally they have advanced mathematics and science content, and advanced knowledge and understanding of the practices and processes of engineering technologies, which provide a platform for a learner to progress to a higher education course.

Awarding organisation
  • EAL
Qualification codes
601/5799/9 (EAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies)
601/5801/3 (EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies)
601/5802/5 (EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies)
Structure

The three EAL Level 3 Diplomas in Engineering Technologies are taken over two years. They will be awarded to learners once they have successfully completed:

  • EAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies – one mandatory core unit (externally set and externally marked online examination), one mandatory pathway unit (externally set and internally marked) and three optional units (externally set and internally marked).
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies – one mandatory core unit (externally set and externally marked online examination), one mandatory pathway unit (externally set and internally marked) and five optional units (externally set and internally marked).
  • EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies – one mandatory core unit (externally set and externally marked online examination), one optional unit from Group A (externally set and internally marked) and eight optional units from Group B (externally set and internally marked).
Subject areas

Mandatory core unit content:

Engineering and environmental health and safety – this unit focuses on the essential knowledge required to ensure a comprehensive understanding of key aspects of both health and safety practices, and environmental management.

Mandatory pathway unit content, to include:

Electrical and electronic principles, fabrication and welding principles, maintenance engineering principles and mechanical engineering principles.

Optional pathways, to include:

Aerospace technology – which includes: principle of rotary-wing aircraft flight, further engineering mathematics, further engineering science, rotary-wing aircraft structures and transmissions, etc.

Mechanical engineering technology – which includes: mechanical engineering principle, further engineering mathematics, further engineering science, advanced manufacturing techniques, engineering design process, etc.

Maintenance engineering technology – which includes: maintenance engineering principles, further engineering mathematics, further engineering science, maintenance of mechanical systems, maintenance techniques and mechanical engineering principles, etc.

Fabrication and welding technology – which includes: fabrication and welding principles, further engineering mathematics, further engineering science, principles and practices of manual metal arc welding, metal inert gas welding and tungsten inert gas welding, etc.

Electrical and electronics technology – which includes: electrical and electronic principles, further engineering mathematics, further engineering science, analogue electronics, digital electronics, microelectronics, etc.

Engineering technical support technology – which includes: engineering design process, further engineering mathematics, further engineering science, CAD techniques, CNC programming, engineering inspection and quality control, etc.

Engineering technology – which includes: engineering organisational efficiency and improvements, further engineering mathematics, further engineering science, programmable logic controllers, etc.

More information on the structure and subject area of the qualifications can be found in the qualification specifications in section 'Further information' of this QIP.

Levels
  • Level 3

UK Level 3 qualification regulated to the QCF

A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the RQF

Level 3 is equivalent to SCQF Level 6

Grading

Pass, Merit, Distinction

Assessment

Externally set and externally marked online examinations for the one mandatory core unit:

  • Engineering and environmental health and safety (40 minute examination sat in exam conditions)
  • Learners are assessed against four learning outcomes within the Engineering and environmental health and safety unit:
  • Understand health and safety roles and responsibilities
  • Understand the application of health and safety in the engineering environment
  • Understand the safe moving and storing of materials
  • Marks are allocated in accordance with the detailed externally set marking criteria.
  • All examinations are subject to moderation.

All mandatory units in one of the pathways (Externally set and internally marked)

  • Specific assessment time is given within each of the units that make up the optional pathway.
  • Learners are assessed against all of the learning outcomes within all of the units within the specified optional pathway.
  • Marks are allocated in accordance with the detailed externally set marking criteria.
  • All assessments are subject to moderation.
Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Learners must achieve a Pass in all components for the qualification to be awarded.

If learners are unsuccessful in one or more of the assessment components then the overall result for the qualification will be "referred", and a certificate will not be awarded.

Provided learners are successful in all assessment components, the final grade for the qualification will be determined from the grades achieved in the external examination in the mandatory unit, and the externally set and internally marked assessments in the optional units.

A grading criteria matrix is provided for each individual unit; all units are graded individually.The grades for each unit carry equal weight.

The overall grade for the qualification is determined by utilising the grading criteria matrix and additional information contained in the Qualification Manual.

The grades are subject to moderation.

Resit arrangements

Externally set and externally marked online examination for the one mandatory core unit: If any learners fail to reach the required standard in the external assessment for a given unit, they will be permitted to retake this assessment after feedback and appropriate tuition has taken place.

Externally set and internally marked mandatory units in one optional pathway: If any learners fail to reach the required standard in the internal assessment for a given unit, they will be permitted to retake this assessment after feedback and appropriate tuition has taken place.

Guided/notional learning hours
EAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies: 375 hours
EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies: 525 hours
EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies: 750 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

EAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies –  480 Total Qualification Time (TQT), including research

EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies – 680 Total Qualification Time (TQT), including research

EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies – 980 Total Qualification Time (TQT), including research

Key issues for UK HE admissions

The first cohort with the suite of EAL Level 3 Diplomas in Engineering Technologies will complete their qualifications in June and July 2017, and may apply to higher education for September 2017 entry.

Learners may combine the suite of EAL Level 3 Diplomas in Engineering Technologies with other qualifications, such as AS and A levels, BTECs or Cambridge Technicals.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Learners are assessed throughout the duration of their course.

Results are available after moderation has taken place between the deliverer of the qualification and EAL. This is usually in July.

Qualification dates notes

This is a current qualification.

Reporting and certification information

Certificate information on candidate number and grade distribution will be made available by EAL through its website after first results are issued.

Progression information

Progression information is available in the Qualification Specification, Qualification Manual and via EAL’s Customer Service Team.

Further information