Engineering and Manufacturing

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Summary of course

The Level 3 Electrical/Electronic in Engineering is a two year course. The course is made up of nine 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 Extended Diploma in Engineering on completion of nine 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.

What will I study?

In the first year of the 90 Credit, the units you will study are likely to include:

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

In the second year for the Extended Diploma in Engineering, you will go to complete a further nine units. Some units are optional depending on Employers needs but we generally teach:

  • Engineering Project (Double Unit)
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians
  • Engineering Design
  • Further Maths
  • Further Electrical & Electronic Principles
  • Electrical Machines
  • Analogue Circuits
  • Circuit Design and Manufacture

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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

After Year 2 Progression is to a Higher National Certificate is usually the next stage but some students move onto Degree courses.

How is the course assessed?

  • Assignments
  • Phase Tests
  • Supervised module Exams

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 for you if you have an interest in electrical/electronic engineering and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification.

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 Maths at grades 9-6 (A*-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 4 (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.

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 2018. The full details for the 18/19 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2018. 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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