Engineering for Subsea and Renewable Energy - Level 3 (Full-Time)

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

Subject Area Renewable and Subsea Engineering

Attendance Full-Time


This programme has been specifically designed to provide the necessary skills, practical experience and knowledge to enable progression to employment within the subsea and renewable energy engineering sectors or into higher education .

It will cover a broad range of engineering activities and disciplines within the sector and forms part of our commitment to foundation learning.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Energy Academy, Wallsend

Who the course is for

This course is designed for young people who would like to develop their skills for a career in Engineering within the subsea or renewable energy engineering sectors or progress to higher education.

Qualification Gained

Engineering for the Subsea and Renewable Engineering Sectors - Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (Full-Time)


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

This course is a diploma where the units studied could include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Thermodynamics
  • Welding Technologies
  • Engineering drawing
  • Engineering design

You will also follow a programme of study to complement this including, mathematics, English and Experience of Work  .

Learning Methods

  • Classroom work
  • Practical group and individual sessions
  • Workshops
  • Directed private study
  • Assignment work also forms an important part of the course

Progression Opportunities

You may wish to progress onto a foundation degree, HNC or HND in a relevant subject or undertake a higher apprenticeship scheme within the sector.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs A-C or equivalent including maths, English and a Science subject.

If English is not your first language, you will need an English Language test score of 5.5 or above.

You will also be required to attend an interview and will undertake an entrance test and satisfactory completion of the school induction programme.

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 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 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.