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Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (General)

Key course information

Engineering and Manufacturing


34 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

This Level 3 course is aimed at those wishing to become a trainee mechanical or electronic engineer. There are a wide range of career opportunities available to you once you have successfully completed this course, such as:- Research - Design engineering - Manufacturing - Quality assurance - Project management - Development and testing - Marketing - Customer services - Business management - Materials developmentThis year we have added an A-level in mathematics to the programme to increase the progression opportunities for those students looking to attend university. To further develop the employability of students on the programme a 50-day work placement has also been added for 2020/21.

What will I learn?

Students on the programme will learn a variety of engineering skills and knowledge through units such as:

- Engineering Principles - Applied mathematics, mechanical and electronic science
- Computer Aided Design - SolidWorks and AutoCAD
- Electronic circuit design and construction - Build your own handheld video game
- Programmable Logic Controllers - A key engineering skill for those students moving into automation
- Secondary machining processes - turning, milling and basic bench fitting
- Microprocessor programming

The completion of an A-level in mathematics will increase the number of universities open to the students for progression.

The 50-day work placement will allow students to:

- Contextualise their learning experience
- Get involved in real workplace projects
- Raise their profile with key engineering employers in the region

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 4 or above to include:

- Mathematics - grade B/6 minimum
- English
- Science

Students progressing with a BTEC First at Level 2 must have achieved a merit in mathematics.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The level 3 programme is a full-time course. Students' will be required to attend the college campus for three days to complete the BTEC and A-level; while also attending a work placement for the remaining two days.

Most assessments are course work based, deadlines are strict and managed by lecturers through the e-learning platform. Further study and the completion of some assessments will need to be completed off campus.

The engineering principles unit and the A-level in mathematics are exam-based units. There are also controlled assessments as part of the programme.

Students completing the programme will leave the college with:

- A BTEC Diploma in Engineering (up to 112 UCAS points)
- A-level in mathematics (up to 56 UCAS points)
- 100 days of work placement activities

Additional Costs and Information

Safety shoes - steel toe capped, and overalls will be required for some lessons.

Students are required to purchase the following course books:

- BTEC National Engineering Student Book
- ISBN-10: 129214100X
- ISBN-13: 978-1292141008

- BTEC Engineering Revision Guide:
- ISBN-10: 1292150289
- ISBN-13: 978-1292150284

- BTEC Engineering Revision Workbook:
- ISBN-10: 1292150270
- ISBN-13: 978-1292150277

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Students completing the Level 3 engineering programme with A-level and 50-day work placement will be well placed to progress to an apprenticeship in a rapidly growing sector or progress to university to complete an engineering degree.

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