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

School 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 2019. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
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, 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

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:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Equipment Required

  • Lever Arch file and dividers
  • Scientific calculator (Casio FX836 recommended)
  • Steel toe-capped safety boots
  • Pens, pencils, ruler, protractor
  • A4 lined paper

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.