BTEC Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering
One or two Years
You will need at least one of the following:
BTEC Level 2 at Merit and GCSE Maths at Grade C or at least four GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English.
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 an interest in the specialist technical aspects of Engineering and wish to gain a BTEC Level 3 technical qualification in Mechanical Engineering. This is an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment they wish to enter. The course comprises a range of assignments, phase tests, practical and theoretical activities, including work on a major specialist project. It is an ideal course if you want to enter your chosen specialist area of employment in the Engineering sector or to progress to Higher Education via a Foundation Degree or HND. The Level 3 in Engineering consists of six mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 18 units. Each year you will study nine units.
The mandatory units include:
• Health and safety in the engineering workplace
• Communications for engineering technicians
• Engineering project (two unit value)
• Mathematics for engineering technicians
• Mechanical principles and applications
• Electrical and electronic principles.
You’ll also study 12 specialist Engineering units from a wide range of related subject areas, such as:
• Properties and applications of engineering materials
• Applications of computer numerical control in engineering
• Computer-aided drafting
• Mechanical technology
• Engineering design
• Engineering drawing
• Welding technology
• (plus others depending on the preference of the students/employers where feasible).
To help with the theory content, extra lessons in the form of GCSE English, for example, maybe available to give you further support.
You may choose to seek employment or follow an Advanced Apprenticeship, enter Higher Education via a Foundation Degree, HND or other professional development programme. You may also choose to extend the specialist nature of the subjects you have already covered in another field of study.
- Course running at Northampton