BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate


Why should I study this course?

In East Yorkshire, Engineering is the biggest employment sector and it is growing all the time. Some huge contracts have been awarded to multinational companies in the area and these have created lots of job opportunities.

This exciting course gives you the chance to learn how to use some of the skills that are needed by engineers. You will experience and learn a wide range of exciting and 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. The Level 3 Extended Certificate course is an ideal stepping stone to a university course in Engineering or going straight into an exciting and financially rewarding career.

What will I study?

Over the two-year course you will complete four different units of study. You will study engineering principles, such as mathematics, you will look at different engineering processes and how they can be used safely. You will complete an externally-set product design unit and look at how CAD can be used in the engineering industry.

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

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

What will the course prepare me for?

This course will provide you with an ideal qualification to progress into the world of work. It also can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to help you access a university course.

Private study

The BTEC 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 set of cotton overalls and 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.

How will I be taught?

A wide variety of teaching techniques will be used. Some units are largely theory but others have a real practical application and will see you producing outcomes in the workshops. 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 to university 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 that are equivalent to one A Level

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 - 4 (A*- C) grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE Mathematics and a grade 4 (C) in GCSE Science (or equivalent L2 Science course) and a minimum of 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?

  • A commitment and interest in finding out more about the engineering world
  • An ability to analyse and explain the nature of the engineering environment
  • A willingness to apply engineering theory to real world examples
  • An ability to express work ideas in clear written and spoken English