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Level 3

*BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering


Please Note: The Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma is a two-year programme with entry to year one being via the Level 3 National Foundation Diploma.
The Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering is a vocationally focussed academic programme designed to give you the right skills, knowledge and attitudes to progress in to an exciting career in professional engineering.

The course covers a range of subjects to give you exposure to different engineering disciplines as well as a sound theory base to support progression.

First Year (National Foundation Diploma) units currently include:

  • Engineering Principles (External Exam)
  • Delivering Engineering Processes as a Team
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture (External Exam)
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • Computer Aided Design in Engineering
  • Engineering Maintenance and Monitoring Techniques
  • Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
Second Year (Extended Diploma) units currently include:

  • A Specialist Engineering Project
  • Microcontroller Systems for Engineers (External Exam)
  • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
  • Electrical Installation of Hardware and Cables
  • Electronic Printed Circuit Board Design and Manufacture
  • Maintenance of Mechanical Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Sustainable Transport
This is a full-time Study Programme which includes the main qualification as well as work experience and a number of additional small qualifications such as Health & Safety and Preparing to Learn. Enrichment opportunities include trips, visits and guest talks as well as wider college activities through the college’;s Xtra programme. There are also opportunities to support the department and gain further experience through volunteering. All students are expected to complete and reflect on a work experience placement during the academic year.

Timetables normally cover ~3 days a week with sessions taking place in our dedicated classrooms and workshops which contain a variety of relevant resources and equipment such as CAD suites, science labs, materials testing labs, maintenance and product design/manufacturing workshops. Lessons are always fun-packed, industry-linked and student focussed. Discovery learning is promoted to ensure that learners take ownership of and enjoy high quality learning. Lecturing staff are experienced in education and with high level industry backgrounds.

Outside of college students will be required to complete preparation and consolidation activities as well as writing their formal assignments. We would expect students to spend around 10 hours a week on independent self-led activities linked to their learning.

We utilise a number of on-line resources to support learning both in and out of the classroom as well as maintaining contact with our students. This includes the use of Microsoft Teams and CCGOnline, our virtual learning environment. Students can keep track of their progress, attendance and college life using our on-line portal, C-Space.

We work closely with our students to build strong working relationships and take care to ensure that all students have an excellent experience with the support they need to excel. The course is managed by a dedicated Study Programme Leader (SPL) and pastoral support is provided by an allocated personal tutor.


For entry on to the BTEC National Foundation Diploma (Year One), learners will need to have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language, Maths and Science.

The BTEC Extended Diploma is offered as a ‘top up’; programme (Year Two) for students having successfully completed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Engineering.


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