Engineering (BTEC)


What Will I Study?

How Will I be Assessed?

What Next?

Why Study Engineering (BTEC)?

Suggested Reading

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BTEC Level 3 – Extended Certificate

Examination Board



What Do I Need To Study This Course?

6 or above Mathematics.

Please note – if you are opting to study Engineering and not opting to study A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking Level 3 Core Maths as your 4th option, rather than an EPQ or directed study.

What Will I Study?

Engineering at Level 3 prepares students with a broad experience of Engineering in industry. With a range of visits locally and one to Munich, Germany associated with the course, this provides students with opportunities beyond the classroom and prepares students for university and/or apprenticeships. Students will study a range of disciplines, these include; Engineering Principles, Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team, Engineering Product Design and Manufacture and Computer Aided Design in Engineering.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Course is equivalent in size to one A Level.

Four units in total, two of which are externally assessed

External assessment (67% of L3 BTEC)

Students will complete the following mandatory units alongside one optional unit:

  • Engineering Principles (2 hour examination – externally assessed)
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team (4 controlled assessment – internally assessed)
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture (8 hour externally assessed design and make activity)
  • Computer Aided Design in Engineering (4 controlled assessment – internally assessed)

What Next?

L3 BTEC National Engineering can lead to the following possible progression pathways;

  1. University
  2. Higher Apprenticeships
  3. Full Time Employment

Suggested Reading List

8 books all engineering students should read;

  1. Structures – or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by J.E. Gordon
  2. The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
  3. Sustainable Materials – With Both Eyes Open by Julian Allwood and Jonathan Cullen
  4. The Gecko’s Foot: How Scientists are Taking a Leaf from Nature’s Book by Peter Forbes
  5. Engineer to Win by Caroll Smith
  6. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life by Chris Hadfield
  7. Success Through Failure: The Paradox of Design by Henry Petroski
  8. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
Why Study Engineering (BTEC)?