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:
- 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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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:
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
|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.
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.