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What's Involved

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education, and ultimately to employment, possibly in the engineering sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to 1.5 A levels and aims to provide a coherent introduction to study of the engineering sector. Learners need not necessarily have studied engineering previously, but will have successfully passed a level 2 programme of learning, with GCSEs in English and maths or vocational qualifications.

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. Learners taking this qualification will study mandatory content covering: engineering principles, delivery of engineering processes, product design and manufacture, commercial and quality principles. The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the engineering sector.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course must have a minimum of 5-GCSE’s with a grade 4 in English and a grade 5 in mathematics. Science is an important component of engineering and a grade 4 is highly desirable. Applicants who fall short of the entry criteria might still be considered for this course but would be required to demonstrate their academic skills with the course programme manager.

Where will it take me?

Progression from this qualification is either to a larger size qualification at Level 3 (e.g. BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering or other related subject). The qualification is recognised by higher education providers as contributing in meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses such as a HNC in a variety of areas in the engineering sector. This qualification also supports progression into job opportunities in the engineering sector. Jobs that are available in these areas include: • engineering operative • manufacturing operative • semi-skilled operative. This qualification also supports those following an apprenticeship in engineering who are looking to work and progress in the engineering sector as an engineering operative. Learners should always check the entry requirements for higher level programmes with specific higher education providers.

Course Assessment Method

There are four mandatory units; two internally and two externally 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 units. Learners must complete at least three optional units selected according to local and industrial needs.

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

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


  • 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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