BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


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.

You will learn and experience a wide range of highly-skilled practical processes and theory work. You will also learn important workplace skills like interpreting engineering information correctly, so that you will be able to read design specifications in a workplace context.

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What will I study?

Year 1 units include:

  • Engineering principles
  • Delivery of engineering processes safely
  • Product design and manufacture
  • Commercial and quality principles in engineering
  • 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 principles part 2
  • Engineering product design and principles part 2
  • Specialist engineering project
  • Microcontroller systems
  • Calculus to solve problems
  • Further engineering mathematics
  • Electronic Power Distribution and transmission
  • Electronic devices and circuits

Examination board


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.

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.

Private study

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!

What materials will I need to provide?

Due to the workshop element of the course all students will need to have a pair of steel toe-cap boots. These can be loaned from the engineering department or they can be purchased before you start the course. Cotton overalls recommended.

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.

This course is for you if... 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

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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.

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!