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What's Involved

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma has primarily been designed for learners who want to pursue a career in 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 or HNC. It is equivalent in size to three A-Levels at 1080 GLH and is intended to be a Technical Level qualification. It has also been designed to meet the Tech Bacc measure when studied alongside Level 3 mathematics and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

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 a broad range of engineering specialist areas including electrical and electronic, mechanical, and others for example manufacturing. Learners will study 7-mandatory units and 8- optional units including the following topics: engineering principles, health and safety, engineering product design, microcontroller systems, commercial and quality principles, project and calculus. Through the optional units, learners will study a mix of electrical/electronic, mechanical and other engineering specialist areas. The choice and units combinations will be decided based on local and employment needs. The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure relevance to current industry practice in engineering occupational disciplines. In addition, academics have been consulted on the content development to ensure the qualification supports progression to higher education.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course would have successfully completed a BTEC national foundation diploma in their first year of study and also subject to a successful interview with the course programme manager.

Where will it take me?

This qualification supports progression to job opportunities in the engineering sector at a variety of levels. Jobs that are available in these areas include: • engineering operative • manufacturing operative • semi-skilled operative • engineering technician • electronics technician • IT support technician • mechatronics technician. This qualification also supports those following an apprenticeship in engineering who are looking to work and progress in the engineering sector as an engineering technician or as an engineering operative. Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diplomas in Engineering – Specification – Issue 5 – August 2018 © Pearson Education Limited 2015 22 After this qualification, learners can progress directly to technician roles, but it is likely that many will do so via higher education study. This qualification is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses in a variety of areas of the engineering sector, for example: • BEng (Hons) in Engineering • BEng (Hons) in Electronics Engineering • BEng (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

Course Assessment Method

There are 7-mandatory units; three of which are externally assessed examinations and the remaining 8-units are selected from a banks of topics that are internally assessed. Learners must complete and achieve at Pass grade or above in all mandatory external units and achieve a Pass or above in all mandatory internal and optional units.


Where and When

National Extended Diploma In Engineering Level 3 BTEC (3 A-Level)

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
J566D3F-19 Full Time 02/09/2019 £4,292 £0 £4,292 N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801

Notes

  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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