Rail - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Rail Engineering

School Engineering

Attendance Full-Time

Overview

This engineering course has been developed to enable students to pursue a career within the rail industry, in particular for signalling, telecommunications, electrification, and plant and track.
The course will give you the basic technical and practical skills and knowledge you’ll need for a career in these areas. Modules include maths for technicians, rail engineering science, rail track maintenance and overhead line systems.

This course runs on the following dates:



Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is designed for students who would like to develop their skills for a career in railway engineering.


The course is also available to those who completed the Level 2 certificate in rail underpinning knowledge and want to develop skills further.

 

Qualification Gained

  • EAL Level 3 diploma in installation and maintenance of engineering assets
  • Fire Awareness Certificate
  • Small Plant Tickets

We need a skilled workforce of the future that can help us to achieve a transport system that can support economic prosperity. Centres of excellence such as that Rail Academy and its students who feed directly in to the Transport skills talent pipeline play a pivotal role within the transport skills landscape.

Transport for the North

How to Apply

Online

Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.

Post

You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
FREEPOST NT920
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 7SA

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

 

  • Introduction to Railway Environment
  • Railway Safety skills / General H+S skills
  • Railway Tools + Plant skills / General Engineering Tool Skills
  • Railway Maintenance activities – various sectors
  • Railway Communication Procedures
  • Railway Engineering Principles
  • Overhead Line construction / maintenance / inspection
  • Signalling + Telecomms installation / maintenance / testing
  • Planning maintenance activities / inspection of railway assets
  • ERTMS principles
  • PLC’s (programmable logic controllers)
  • Working at height / harness training
  • Electrical and mechanical principles within the railway industry.

 

Learning Methods

 

You will learn through:

 

  • Classroom and Rail practical activities
  • Laboratory, workshop on specific rail equipment
  • Visits to areas of vocational interest and regional employers
  • Industry approved training programs

 

Assessment Methods

 

  • Written report writing
  • practical observations
  • simulated rail scenarios
  • experiments
  • verbal questions
  • multiple choice online examination.

 

Progression Opportunities

Successful students may progress onto an approved apprenticeship programme, subject to satisfactory reference from Level 3 tutor.

Students can also progress into employment from a number of industry partners including a guaranteed interview with ISSL including five guaranteed overhead line jobs. 

Learners may also progress onto Higher Education and specialise in a particular sector within the rail industry

 

Career Opportunities

 

Mature entrants may progress into employment in the rail industry as a track operative/technician/OLE linesman/signalling installer.

 

You could also progress onto an industry accredited apprenticeship.
We are also in partnership with a number of Railway agencies including Network Rail and ISSL and VGC for the right candidate there is opportunities to be employed directly upon completion.

 

Entry Requirements

 

  • 5 GCSE’s at A*- C – Maths and English must be included or mature entry
  • Successful completion of Diagnostic/Aptitude tests
  • Successful completion of Interview

 

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Reception
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.