Award in 3D Computer Aided Design - Level 3 (City and Guilds)
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 3 Technology Centre – Monkerton 16-Sep-19 06-Jul-20 Mon 18:00-20:30 £615 None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course is for competent AutoCAD users who want to investigate their 3D abilities, either to progress at work or for their own understanding. Students will need to have already achieved the 7689-05 (2D CAD Level 3) and want to progress into 3D CAD.

The majority of the course is hands on and you will work at your own pace using a series of prepared workbook style methods: these will include all of the necessary elements required to successfully achieve each task. Your tutor is there at all times to guide and support your learning.

You will have your own computer in a well-equipped modern CAD room within Exeter College’ Technology Centre.

During the build up activities you will be assessed by continual task completion which will be marked with written feedback.

You will then be given two timed practical assignments which will test competence against the scheme criteria.

When all drawing is completed and assessed, you will then be required to complete a short written question and answer paper based test which covers the knowledge requirements as mentioned in the previous section.

What topics will I study?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Be able to use a CAD workstation safely
  • Be able to set the 3D modelling environment
  • Be able to construct and edit 3D surface models
  • Be able to construct and edit a 3D solid model
  • Be able to apply commands to manipulate a 3D model
  • Be able to apply commands to view 3D models in a variety of display formats
  • Be able to output a 3D model drawing layout

What are the entry requirements?

  • No specific qualifications are necessary, just a basic understanding of computers is required
  • Candidates are required to have basic literacy and numeracy skills, i.e. the ability to read and interpret written tasks and to write answers in a legible form
  • Good organisational skills and a keen interest in the subject would also be of natural benefit

What facilities are there?

A new £8.3 million Technology Centre at Monkerton opened in September 2012. The centre combines the training and teaching of aerospace, engineering and automotive students with access to state of the art equipment within world class facilities. The CAD/CAM Suite includes 25 computers running the latest versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Works, EdgeCAMand SIEMENS 828d/840d control. You will also have access to a learning resource centre.

What can the course lead on to?

Take a look at our other Engineering courses available for adults.

Are there any additional costs?


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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