The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering is a vocational course designed for students considering a career in any branch of Engineering.

During the course you will gain knowledge and skills which will prepare you for a career, or further study, in the Engineering sector. The BTEC Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels.

Most sessions will be taught in the Eastburn Building – our Engineering, Training and Skills Centre – which hosts CADCAM facilities and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. Although not necessary, a GCSE qualification in Physics would be advantageous due to the demands in some units.

Entry Requirements

Merit in BTEC Level 2 Engineering OR Product Design
Grade 4 in GCSE Science/Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics

What will I study?

  • Engineering principles
  • Delivery of Engineering processes safely as a team
  • Engineering, product design and manufacture
  • Applied commercial and quality principles in Engineering
  • Specialist Engineering project
  • Work experience in the Engineering sector
  • Computer Aided Design in Engineering
  • Mechanical behaviour of metallic materials
  • Manufacturing secondary machining processes

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of internally and externally assessed coursework, which may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects and teacher observations.

Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

As this qualification is equivalent to two A-levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade.

Further Education and Careers in Engineering

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Building and Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Careers which require an Engineering qualification include:

  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • CAD Technician
  • Design Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Network Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Special Effects Technician

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Preparation Work

You need to complete these tasks over Summer to prepare you for your studies.