16-18 Year Olds


The BTEC Level 3 in Engineering is a nationally recognised work-related qualification, which encompasses mechanical and electrical elements designed to give you a good start on your journey to a career in engineering. The course is based around examined units and assignment lead units that are aligned to realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course will introduce you to and prepare you for the world of work.

This course provides a good basis to progress onto a Level 4 qualification, such as a university, a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Diploma (HND). Alternatively, it can help you gain an apprenticeship in your desired discipline.

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:

• Grade 5 or above in Maths and a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades 4 or above.
• Level 2 qualification in an Engineering related subject and GCSE Maths grade 5 or above.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


During this course you will study a variety of Engineering topics.

Mandatory Units are:
· Engineering Principles
· Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
· Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
· Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
· A Specialist Engineering Project
· Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
· Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems

Optional Units could include:
· Computer Aided Design in Engineering
· Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
· Electronic Devices and Circuits
· Electronic Measurement and Testing of Circuits
· Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
· Mechanical Behaviour of Non-metallic Materials
· Computer Aided Manufacturing and Planning
· Manufacturing Computer Numerical Control Machining Processes
· Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes
· Additive Manufacturing Processes
· Industrial Robotics

Alongside your main programme of study, you will also study for a GCSE in English if you have not achieved a grade 4 or above.


During the course you will carry out a number of assignments and internal and external tasks/exams set by the awarding body.

Unit 1 – Engineering Principles is a short externally set and marked exam
Unit 3 – Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
Unit 6 – Microcontroller Systems for Engineers are both assessed by externally set and marked tasks.

All other units are internally assessed.

You will also have the opportunity to produce a work-related project that will allow you to creatively use the skills you have learnt.

Awarding body

Pearson Edexcel


On successful achievement of this course you may wish to:

· Apply to University for further study
· Apply to study a Level 4 qualification such as a HNC here at the College
· Apply direct to Industry for a Higher apprenticeship.
· Pursue a range of employment opportunities/apprenticeships within a variety of engineering settings

Additional information

Additional help and support is available should you require this and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 05/09/2022

End date: 23/06/2023

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 35

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