OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering (Ofqual)

The OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering has been developed to allow learners to gain understanding and knowledge across a range of Engineering practices.

The qualification enables learners to develop essential knowledge in areas such as engineering principles, design technology, electricity, mechanics, statistics and mathematics.

Successful completion of this qualification will prepare learners for employment in the engineering sector or further learning such as an HNC or HND.

OTHM Qualifications are approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).
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Basic Information

Awarding Body – OTHM
Regulatory Body - Ofqual
Average Course Duration – 8-10 hours studying per week = Around 4-7 months. Learners can be certified after a minimum of 10 weeks on the course.
Assessment Type - 100% assignment based
Enrolment Dates - Every 3 weeks (Mondays only)

*Please note that this is a rough estimate, and the course duration will depend on many factors, such as your prior knowledge, level of commitment, and which units you choose.

To view course fees please click on the 'Finance and Fees' tab above.

How it works

Once you have signed up, you will receive a welcome email which contains your login credentials to gain access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle, as well as the details of your course tutor, how to use Moodle, where to begin, and general rules and guidance on the course.

All resources can be accessed at any time online through our online learning portal, allowing you to go through your modules as and when you like. You will benefit from comprehensive workbooks and detailed pre-recorded videos that you can access and replay whenever.

Tutor Support

You will have access to extensive tutor support. You will be given the contact details of your tutor(s), and you may email them whenever you want, or you may request a telephone call.


There are no exams, all assessments will be based on coursework assignments.


Upon completion of the course, you will receive a a digital certificate from OTHM (the awarding body). Your digital certificate is included in the initial course fees.

A physical certificate can be requested at the end of your course at a cost of £30 (plus courier fees).

Please be aware that your certificate can only be issued upon completion of your payment plan.

Enhanced Learning Credits

If you have served or currently serve in the British Armed Forces, you may be eligible to use Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) to fund your studies. To read more about eligibility and how to kick-start the process, please click here.

Module Details - How Will It Work?

The Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering consists of six mandatory units (10 credits each).

Engineering Principles

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the principles of engineering as a broad discipline and show how engineering has developed
historically. Learners will also gain an introduction to fundamental concepts leading to a study of the operation of types of engines.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand applications of SI units and measurement.
2. Know how to perform engineering calculations.
3. Know how to interpret engineering information.

Design Technology

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the development of approaches for solving design problems and the selection of appropriate
materials. This unit also enables the learner to develop the skills and knowledge in computer aided design (CAD), in terms of producing 2D drawings.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering products and design.
2. Understand how to apply a systems approach to electrical design.
3. Be able to produce 2D CAD drawings.


The aim of this unit is for learners to develop the ability to be able to apply knowledge of AC and DC circuit theory to circuit design. Learners will also
understand the fundamental principles of electricity and electromagnetic radiation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the functions of basic electrical components within circuits.
2. Be able to apply AC and DC circuit theory to circuit design.
3. Understand power supplies and power system protection.


The aim of this unit is for learners to investigate the motion of particles and objects under the influence of interacting forces. They will also learn
about sources of energy and conservation of energy.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the motion of objects in mathematical terms.
2. Understand energy changes in a system.
3. Understand energy transfer, forces and elasticity.

Introducing Statistics

This unit aims to introduce basic statistical concepts and fundamentals of statistical analysis, as well as build confidence in applying mathematical
and statistical thinking and reasoning in a range of new and unfamiliar contexts to solve real-life problems.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the underpinning concepts relating to the analysis of statistics.
2. Understand a range of data types and their representation.
3. Be able to calculate and interpret statistical diagrams and measures.


This unit will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the mathematical techniques commonly used to solve a range of engineering
problems. Learners will be able to use mathematical formulas to solve practical problems commonly found within engineering studies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the application of algebra relevant to engineering problems.
2. Be able to use geometry and graphs in the context of engineering problems.
3. Understand exponentials, logarithms and trigonometry related to engineering problems.

Entry Requirements - How Do I Apply?

Ideally, learners will have GCSEs in Maths and Science. However, there are no formal entry requirements related to qualifications.

English requirements:
If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency. Learners are expected to be able to demonstrate English language comprehension at a level equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5) to be able to study this qualification.

If you completed the final two years of school in English, this does not apply to you.

Payment Plans

As well as the options below, we also offer applicants the option to make a 30% downpayment, paying the remaining 70% over a maximum of 8 monthly instalments. This is an interest free monthly payment option. Once your application has been approved, please contact us so that we can set this up for you.

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Progression - What Can I Do After My Course?

Successful completion of the OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering provides learners with the opportunity for workplace and academic progressions to a wide range of Level 4 qualifications, such as the Pearson Level 4 HNC (120 credits) or Level 5 HND (240 credits), and top up engineering degrees further down the line.


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