Rail Engineering - Level 3 (Full-Time)

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

Subject Area Rail Engineering

Attendance Full-Time


With huge investment planned in the national rail network over the coming years, there is no better time to embark on a rail engineering course.

Develop your engineering knowledge and skills and put them into practice as you replicate real rail scenarios at our Rail and Civil Engineering Academy.

In this bespoke facility, you'll use the latest industry standard tools and equipment to learn about track maintenance, signalling, overhead line electrification and elements of civil engineering.

You will learn from tutors with extensive engineering and railway experience and benefit from our close relationships with companies including Nexus, Network Rail and Ganymede Solutions.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: The Rail Academy, Gateshead

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

On successful completion of this course you will gain an EAL Full Level 3 Sub Diploma in Engineering Technologies (Rail).

How to Apply


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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


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
• Planning maintenance activities / inspection of railway assets
• Engineering Science
• 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
• Asset monitoring
• verbal questions
• multiple choice online examination

Progression Opportunities

Learners may also progress onto the Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies (Rail) and further their knowledge regarding the rail industry. Successful students may have the opportunity progress onto an approved apprenticeship program, subject to satisfactory reference from Level 3 tutor.
Previous successful students have also gained employment across various disciplines within the rail and other engineering sectors.


Entry Requirements

• 5 GCSE’s A* - C or grade 4 or above – 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, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.