Engineering and Manufacturing

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 3 Certificate
  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering
  • Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering

Summary of course

The BTEC Level 3 in Engineering will allow you to enter the world of work or University. Many engineers who gain this qualification go on to University and read for a BSc in Engineering.

Students who show an interest in progressing to University may be given the option to attend an additional unit, Further Engineering Mathematics, to help support their application. Please note this could be on a different day to normal attendance.

A Level 3 National Extended Diploma is equivalent in size to three A Levels.

This qualification is recognised by industry as providing a good base as it includes elements of mechanical, electrical and electronics skills. This course is ideal if you have and interest in the technical aspects of Engineering and wish to gain a Level 3 National Extended Diploma technical qualification in Engineering.

To help with theory content, extra lessons in the form of GCSE English and Mathematics may be available to give you further support.

In year 1 students must complete nine units and failure to do so could affect their opportunities for progression to year 2.

After successfully achieving this qualification, you can progress onto a Higher National Certificate, a Higher Apprenticeship, University or employment.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Unit 1 Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace

Specialist Mandatory Units:

  • Unit 5 Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Unit 6 Electrical and Electronic Principles

Units to make up the completion of all nine units studied in year 1:

  • 4 Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • 10 Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • 16 Engineering Drawing for Technicians
  • 21 Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques
  • 26 Applications of Computer Numerical Control in Engineering
  • 35 Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits

In year 1 students must complete 9 units and failure to do so could affect their opportunities for progression to year 2.

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is via a mixture of BTEC externally set and marked exams, BTEC externally set tasks set and marked and completed under supervised conditions, and a number of internally graded exams/assessments.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in the technical aspects of General/Mechanical Engineering and wish to gain a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.

The course is aimed at those who wish to either gain entry to University or those who wish to develop their practical skills to enable them to work in the industry.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including English and GCSE Maths and a Science subject at grade 6 (B)

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There may be opportunities to take part in trips and visits as part of your course. The approximate cost for this is £40, payable at enrolment.

Students will also be required to purchase overalls and safety boots for the workshop activities and these can cost approximately £60.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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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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