Engineering

“The UK needs over one million new engineers and technicians by 2020.”
Royal Academy of Engineering

The Course Structure

The Pearson L3 BTEC covers:

Engineering at Level 3 prepares students with a broad experience of Engineering in industry. With a range of visits associated with the course, this provides students with opportunities beyond the classroom and prepares students for university and/or apprenticeships.

There are two Engineering course to choose from;

Extended Certificate in Engineering

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 – assignments)
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture (8 hour externally assessed design and make activity)
  • Computer Aided Design in Engineering (4 controlled assessment – assignments)

Diploma in Engineering

Equivalent in size to two A Levels Ten units in total, two of which are externally assessed.

External assessment (33% of L3 BTEC).

Students will complete the following five mandatory units alongside five other optional units*:

  • Engineering Principles (2 hour examination – externally assessed)
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team (4 controlled assessment – assignments)
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture (8 hour externally assessed design and make activity)
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering (4 controlled assessment – assignments)
  • A Specialist Engineering Project (4 controlled assessment – assignments)

*There are also a wide variety of additional units including:

Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials, Computer Programming, Computer Aided Design in Engineering, A Specialist Engineering Project, Modern Manufacturing Systems and Fabrication Manufacturing Processes if you choose to study the Certificate or the Diploma in Engineering.

Please note – if you are opting to study Engineering and not opting to study Mathematics then we recommend taking Level 3 Core Maths as your 4th option (rather than EPQ or work experience).

Potential Careers

The largest industry sector for job opportunities in the UK. 

  • A wide variety of jobs in all Engineering disciplines
  • Higher Apprenticeships in Engineering

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Engineering BTEC Level 3 6+ Mathematics Single or double award available