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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering (QCF)

Wilberforce Sixth Form College

Saltshouse Road, Hull, HU8 9HD

National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Level 3
Engineering Extended Diploma
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Course Summary

Why should I study this course?

Engineering covers a vast range of areas that affect how we live today. In this course we will show you how broad engineering is by teaching you across most of these areas. In this exciting course you will gain the knowledge and experience required when starting out on your career in engineering. It is a course that is split between time in the workshop, laboratory and the classroom.

This course is for you if:

...you want to progress on to university to study engineering or if you want to work in an industry where there are a wide range of job opportunities available and there is the possibility of developing a career. It is also for you if you enjoy the feeling of knowing that every single lesson is about something that will be of use to you in your future career.

  • Learn important workplace skills.
  • Gain a qualification that will help you progress into an Engineering career.
  • Earn UCAS points to take you on to university





Course Details

What will I study?

Year 1 units include:

Engineering principles
Delivery of engineering processes safely
Product design and manufacture
Computer aided design
Mechanical behaviour of metallic materials
Mechanical behaviour of non-metallic materials
Computer system security
Manufacturing primary forming processes

Year 2 units are likely to include:

Engineering product design and principles part 2
Commercial and quality principles in engineering
Specialist engineering project
Microcontroller systems
Calculus to solve problems
Further engineering mathematics
Electronic Power Distribution and transmission
Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes

What skills do I need?

  • Good workplace habits – our expectations of punctuality and attendance are high, just like an employer’s would be.
  • A good awareness of working safely in a workshop environment.
  • A good determination to succeed and a good attention to detail – after all, you’ll be expected to produce high quality work consistently!

How will it be delivered?

How will I be taught?

A wide variety of teaching techniques will be used. It won’t be a case of just watching, you will soon be working on all of the equipment and be given tips on how to use it correctly and without any mistakes. You will be taught in classroom situations, with real life problems to make the work relevant to what happens in employment. You will also be using industry standard CAD software which is recommended by the majority of engineering companies.

Private Study

T:\Website\Web Images\Engineering.jpg The Extended Diploma in Engineering course is one where the work you do in the workshop and in the classroom is continually assessed. We will ask you to do private study if you have got behind with work or there are deadlines that you need to meet – it depends on the stage of the course and how close you are to meeting Merit and Distinction requirements!

How is the course assessed?

Most of the units are assessed in the classroom by the teacher, although some of your work will be externally assessed.


Entry requirements

What are the course requirements?

Four 9 - 4 (A*- C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum of a grade 4 (C) in GCSE Mathematics and Science (or equivalent L2 Science course) and a minimum of a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

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What will the course prepare me for?

In East Yorkshire, Engineering is the biggest employment sector and it is growing all of the time. Some huge contracts have been awarded to multinational companies in the area and these have created lots of job opportunities. This course will provide you with an ideal qualification to progress into these jobs, or onto an Engineering course at university.

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