Engineering Computer Aided Design

L3 Level 3
Full Time
30 August 2021 — 17 June 2022
International Centre for Aerospace

About this course

This Aerospace Design course includes the delivery of City & Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 CAD Certificates. The first part of the course will provide learners with the essential skills in how to use Computer Aided Design software more specifically 2D and parametric modelling. In the second term, the course will move onto providing comprehensive training on Computer Aided Design with a more advanced look at specialist 2D/3D design tools that builds on the existing knowledge gained in the first term.

Alongside this you will also develop a range of practical skills in the hangar to perform mechanical structural repair and workshop tasks that will include maintaining CAVC’s Jet-Stream and Bulldog. These practical hand skills will contribute to the completion of a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations.

Those who have an interest and experience in computing and design packages will benefit from this course and will develop knowledge and skills used in engineering drawing that will help develop a potential career in manufacturing or engineering design. Learners who come from a background in computing, design or may have worked in manufacturing or engineering design industry may also find this CAD qualification of particular interest.

What you will study

You will study the following units on this intensive one-year course:

Unit 201: Computer Aided Design using Parametric Modelling Software

Develop knowledge and skills to create sketches, work features, table driven parts and assemblies and understand constraints to create drawing layouts.

Unit 202 + 302: Using 2D Computer Aided Design software

Principles of 2D drawing environments, hardware, software, composition, Health & Safety. At level 3 create complex drawings including annotations, output and drawing data libraries.

Unit 303 Using 3D Computer Aided Design software

This unit will allow students to develop the ability to apply drafting procedures required to create and modify existing 3D objects; surfaces or solids within a 3D space

EAL Units 1, 2 & 3

Working safely in an Engineering Environment

Carrying out engineering activities

Using and Communicating Technical Information

EAL Unit 4

Producing Mechanical Engineering Drawings using CAD systems

EAL Unit 5

Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques

EAL Unit 47

Producing Components by Rapid Prototyping Techniques

All units in these qualifications are assessed by assignments set by City & Guilds, which are internally marked and externally verified. These assignments are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Each assignment consists of practical tasks and short-answer questions.

Your hand-skills in the workshop will be continually assessed and marked throughout the year.

On successful completion you can progress onto an Apprenticeship, Further/Higher Education courses, or present yourself for possible job roles in advanced manufacturing and engineering such as a draughtsperson or design engineer.

Teaching and assessment

All units in these qualifications are assessed by assignments set by City & Guilds, internally marked by centres and externally verified. These assignments are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Each assignment consists of practical tasks and short-answer questions. These assessments have all been developed with input from experts in the industry. 

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

30 August 2021

End date

17 June 2022

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

19.5 hours per week


International Centre for Aerospace
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CG L3 Certificate in Computer Aided Desi


What our students say

I got the chance to go to France as part of a student exchange project which was really exciting and worked on different aircraft to what we have here at ICAT. The tutors really want you to succeed, everyone is so knowledgeable and it’s a great environment to learn and develop in. 
I’ve started an apprenticeship with Boeing to get my A Licence and this time next year I could be working at Gatwick Airport as well as with military aircraft. There’s so many options for me now and you never know where this can take me. If you’re looking for an engineering course or have an interest in aircraft, I’d say go for it! Get stuck in and you’ll have a great experience.

Aero Case Study
Millie Jones
Former Level 3 Aerospace Engineering Student

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International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT),
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