The Engineering Diploma "Bringing your learning to life"
A brief introduction to engineering
Engineers and scientists are
crucial for the performance and competitiveness of
our country. Science, engineering and technology
industries account for more than a quarter of the
UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Engineers support
businesses in areas like research and design and
product development. The engineering industry
already employs over 1.6 million people, and
engineering employers are keen to increase their
intake of new, young recruits, with all the right
The Engineering Diploma and The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Role
The Royal Academy of Engineering is an independent charity that is passionate about the education of the next generation of engineers.
Our support for the 14-19 Engineering Diploma is not driven by the Government but by our desire to support the college lecturers and school teachers that are delivering the qualification. In fact it is the Royal Academy that the Government turn to when they need advice about engineering education.
We have supported centres, free of charge, as they prepared to deliver the Engineering Diploma for the first time
and will continue to build relationships with centres and partner organisations up and down the country. Our aim is to listen to Engineering Diploma practitioners, identify good practice and facilitate the sharing of high quality teaching and learning resources.
What is the 14-19 Diploma?
The Diploma is a qualification that provides you with a flexible
and creative way of learning. It uses both practical
and theoretical learning and teaching.
The Diploma enables you to learn about the skills needed in industry,
and equip you with the knowledge required in the workplace.
Each Diploma will provide you with general
learning opportunities, as well as a tailored
industry specific education. You will
participate in two weeks work experience.
The 14-19 Diploma in Engineering
The Diploma started in September 2008 and
is available from Levels 1 to 3. i.e. Foundation, Higher and Advanced
levels at partner institutions.
The engineering diploma
provides you with an introduction to the
industry and gives an overview of the
different sectors, and provides information about career opportunities, and a
foundation in engineering principles.
What will the key features be?
The following themes will be
covered in the Diploma:
Is the Diploma in Engineering accepted by universities as a route into higher education?
Yes, at Level 3 and taken with
the Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for
Engineering, the Diploma is accepted by UK universities as a route onto an accredited engineering BEng or MEng degree course.
The Advanced Diploma was created with input from higher education lecturers and engineering professionals and is equivalent to 3.5 A levels worth 420 UCAS points.
The additional Maths for Engineering qualification arms the Advanced Diploma students with a fluency in engineering problem solving, preparing them for the very best degree courses available.
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examples of mathematics in engineering world click
Read more about the Advanced Diploma in Engineering as a route into
engineering higher education
Are you are considering not just teaching, but teaching engineering?
Qualifications such as the Engineering Diploma have increased the demand for teachers who have a degree and the background in the broad field of engineering. The
Teach Engineering website has many examples of people like you who have made the decision to train to teach engineering. The website also includes other useful information that will help you to make up your mind. For example, where to train to teach engineering and what financial support is available whilst you are training.
Engineering and sustainability teaching and learning resources from Practical Action
Practical Action are a charity that work with the world’s poorest people to develop the skills and technology needed to help them build a better future. The activities that are accessible via this link were developed by Practical Action in consultation with The Royal Academy of Engineering and can be used to support teaching and learning of the 14-19 Engineering Diploma.
Learners studying the 14-19 Engineering Diploma at all levels need to be able to describe and evaluate the impact of engineering on the environment and the depletion of the world’s resources. It is also necessary for learners to have an understanding of the concept of sustainability and measures for reducing the impact of engineering activities on the environment. Practical Action’s resources promote an understanding of the impact of engineering through a range of discursive and group activities.
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