BTEC Level 3 National Ext Diploma in Engineering

  • Course type: BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma
  • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel



The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering including renewable energy, space, aerospace, creative industries, automotive and civil.  By 2020 the engineering sector is projected to have 2.74 million job opportunities.

The course allows learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for progression into a range of roles within the industry using relevant software throughout the course. At SFX students will gain a thorough grounding in engineering theory principles, putting these into practice through classroom experiments, industry visits and university partnerships. The Project (Unit 3) integrates the knowledge and skills learners have gained throughout their programme of study into a major piece of work which could be a product, device or service.

The inclusion of Applied Physics ensures that students have a thorough grounding in the basics of scientific investigation, laboratory work and science in the media. This is a compulsory part of the course and may not be exchanged for another subject.


  • Course units...

    Mandatory Units

    Unit 01: Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace

    Unit 02: Communications for Engineering Technicians

    Unit 03: Engineering Project (worth double credits)

    Unit 04: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

    Unit 05: Mechanical Principles and Applications

    Unit 06: Electrical and Electronic Principles


    Examples of further Units

    Unit 10: Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials

    Unit 51: Electrical Technology.

    Unit 59: Microprocessor Systems and Applications

  • Course assessment....

    All assessment is through internally assessed work, including practicals, projects, coursework, presentations, written assignments and classroom-based tests.

  • This course can lead to...

    A degree in many types of Engineering at most UK universities or employment in a related field.  Foundation degrees and HNDs are also available, and there is a vast selection of apprenticeships on offer in the UK.

  • Course highlights...

    You will go on a number of trips to see Engineering in action, for example:
    • Thames Bridges
    • SELCHP powerstation
    • Mini car manufacture

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to the Programme Entry Requirements:

    Grade 5 in Maths, Grade 4 in Core Science and Grade 4 in Additional Science
    Grade 5 in Maths, Grade 4 in two separate science GCSEs (Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics)
    BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering with Merit and Grade 5 in Maths

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