Course type: BTEC/UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas • Awarding/exam body: Cambridge Technicals
Equivalent to 3 A levels.
The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering fields such as renewable energy, space, aerospace, creative industries, automotive and civil. This course allows learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for progression into a range of roles within the industry using relevant software throughout the course. Students will gain a thorough grounding in engineering theory and principles, putting these into practice through classroom experiments, industry visits and university partnerships. The Project (Unit 3) integrates the knowledge and skills gained and translates this into a major piece of work which could be a product, device or service.

Course Units

Core Units
Unit 01:
Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
Unit 02: Communications for Engineering Technicians
Unit 03: Engineering Project (worth double credits)
Unit 04: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Unit 05: Mechanical Principles and Applications
Unit 06: Electrical and Electronic Principles
Examples of Further Units
Unit 10:
Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
Unit 51: Electrical Technology
Unit 59: Microprocessor Systems and Applications

Course Assessment

All assessment is through internally assessed work, including practical assignments, projects, coursework, presentations, written assignments and classroom-based tests.

This Course Can Lead To…

A degree in many types of Engineering at most UK universities or employment in a related field. Foundation degrees and HNDs are also available, and there is a vast selection of apprenticeships on offer in the UK.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above ideally including English Language at grade 4 or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English Language at grade 4.

In addition/ within those 5 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve:

Grade 5 in Maths, Grade 4 in Core Science and Grade 4 in Additional Science
Grade 5 in Maths, Grade 4 in two separate science GCSEs
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering with Merit and Grade 5 in Maths

Course Highlights

  • Tideway Tunnel
  • Engineering in Action leisure day
  • BMW Mini Plant Oxford car manufacturers 
  • McLaren construction site 
  • Opportunities to apply for work experience
  • The opportunity for students to build and test a product of their own choice.