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Engineering (Electrical/​Electronic) (Level 3)

Key course information

Engineering and Manufacturing


2 years

Full Time

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Course Overview

This qualification has been designed as a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners wanting to progress to employment in electrical and electronic engineering, such as a Power Engineering Technician.Learners gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of units, for example in electronic devices and circuits, power and energy systems, printed circuit board design and manufacture, microcontrollers and/or calculus.This engineering pathway is offered following demand from industry and employers seeking engineers with a specific electrical and electronic skillset.

What will I learn?

Engineering covers a broad variety of roles and it involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely and support them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on the specific area of electrical and electronic engineering and includes the following topics:

Year 1
• Engineering Principles
• Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
• Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
• Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
• Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
• Calculus

• Electronic Devices and Circuits

• Electronic Circuit Board Design

• Electrical Machines

• Three Phase Electrical Systems

Year 2
• Engineering Principles
• A Specialist Engineering Project
• Power and Energy Electronics

• Further maths
• Digital and Analogue
• Electronic Measurements and Testing circuits

Entry Requirements

GCSE Maths at Grade 5/B and 3 GCSEs at Grade 4/C including English Language and Science (or equivalent).

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels and is intended to be a Tech Level qualification.

For each unit you complete, you will be awarded a Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) grade. You will be awarded an overall grade such as PPP, MMM, DDD or D*D*D* (a D*D*D* grade is the direct equivalent of three A* grade A levels at and is worth the same - 420 UCAS points for university entry).

Over the two year duration of the course, learners will achieve 15 units of which 7 are mandatory and 3 are external. Mandatory content (57%). External assessment (33%).

All learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome. Learners will take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

There are also some units that are assessed via a Synoptic assessment.

Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task.

Additional Costs and Information

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering has primarily been designed for learners who want to pursue a career in electrical/electronics engineering, and who want to be able to collaborate across and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in other branches of engineering.

They can either progress directly to an apprenticeship or to employment as an engineering technician, or can choose to progress to higher education to study for an engineering degree.

What Could I Do Next?

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

This qualification supports progression to job opportunities in the engineering sector at a variety of levels. Learners may also progress on to University level courses and/or apprenticships.

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