Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    12 September 2017 to 19 June 2018

    16-18 years old (part-time) £125.00
    19+ unemployed and/or claiming benefits £125.00
    19+ with government funding N/A
    19+ without government funding £3,603.00
    Overseas students £3,603.00
    19+ Advanced Learner Loan students £3,345.00

* People in receipt of certain state benefits may be entitled to a reduction in fees. Please click here for further details or call our Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualification on offer: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering

Summary of course

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering (Electrical/Electronics) is a one year course, one day a week. The course is made up of six units that everyone takes. Successful completion of these units allows the student to return for a second year to 'top-up' this qualification to a full Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering on completion of six more units.

This BTEC qualification is designed to provide a highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. It gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications provide career development opportunities for those already in work, and progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions.

The engineering sector continues to suffer from a skills gap and needs to keep up with rapidly developing technologies. This BTEC qualification in Engineering has been designed to give new entrants to the engineering sector the underpinning knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the needs of modern mechanical engineering industries.

Many of the units have strong links to the knowledge and evidence requirements of the SEMTA National Occupational Standards and relevant NVQs at Level 3 and will provide students with opportunities for progression within and into employment. The qualifications have also been designed so that students can progress into Higher Education, for example to BTEC Higher Nationals and undergraduate engineering degree qualifications.

This BTEC qualification in Engineering has been designed to provide a wide range of units so that students can focus on their chosen career or area of interest. The qualification provides opportunities for students who intend progressing into senior technician roles as well as for those who are not yet based in industry and wish to gain a sound understanding of engineering.

Several of the core units are common across different engineering titles and provide students with the required underpinning knowledge of health and safety, mathematics, science, communications and project planning and implementation for success in the specialist units and the engineering workplace. The vocational focus of each qualification is provided through the specialist units.

In the first year of studying for the Subsidiary Diploma students will attend part-time and usually study the following five units plus one further optional unit:

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Drawings for Technicians
  • Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits

On successful completion of these units students can progress into the second year and study for the Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and go on to complete a further six units. Some units are optional depending on Employers needs but we generally teach:

  • Engineering Project (Double Unit)
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians
  • Construction and Applications of Digital Systems
  • Electronic Fault Finding
  • Electronic circuit Design and Manufacture

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

The course is very theoretical with some elements of practical to support the theory.

After year 2 you can complete more units at Level 3 to complete an Extended Diploma in Engineering or go onto a Higher National Certificate is usually the next stage and some students move onto Degree courses.

After Year 2 you can complete more units at Level 3 to complete an Extended Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or go onto a Higher National Certificate is usually the next stage but some students move onto Degree courses.

How is the course assessed?

Assignments are set with strict deadlines and there are some practical activities which are required to be written up in a report and phase tests for some of the more analytical subjects. The assessments will include some research and investigation into background theory. At the moment there are no formal examinations but phase tests will be an integral part of the course to monitor progress of students.

Each unit has criteria that allows the students to be successful at Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. To be successful in each unit all the pass criteria must be achieved as a minimum.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you are working in the occupational area but it will also be beneficial to those wishing to train for a career move or go onto a HNC.

Entry Requirements for new students

  • A Level 2 BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in a related subject at Merit grade or better plus GCSE Mathematics Grades 6-9 (A* - B) and GCSE English at Grade 4-5 (C) or above.
    • An Intermediate GNVQ in a related subject.
    • GCSEs at Grade 6-9 (A - B) in Mathematics and English Language with at least two more GCSEs at Grade 4-9 (A - C) preferably including Science.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Pens, Pencils, Scientific Calculator, Geometry Set, Pad to write on and take notes, folder to keep your work/notes in, PPE (overalls and boots) for the workshop.

You will be notified of which text books are best suited to the curriculum when you start.

Connection to the internet is required, and is available at College if you do not have access at home.

We have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use for this course.

Course fee information

We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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