Engineering and Manufacturing

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

4 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including maths, English must be at least Grade 3

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

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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