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Qualification type: Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Pearson
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year each
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

BTEC Level 3 engineering is the natural choice for anyone with GCSES (or an equivalent Level 2 qualification) wishing to embark on a career as a professional engineer. This full time course supports progression to an Apprenticeship in engineering or onto university.

The course enables students to:

  • Gain a broad understanding of engineering.
  • Investigate areas of specific interest.
  • Develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, further education college and higher education institutions.

During the first year, students work towards the 90 Credit Diploma in Engineering and an optional further year of study then completes the full Extended Diploma in Engineering.

Students leaving school may have a general idea that engineering is for them, but the scope of engineering is so wide that it can be difficult to choose from the many opportunities available. One of the many benefits of attending a full time course is that a wide range of engineering subjects are studied providing students with an overview of the many career opportunities that are possible within the engineering sector. By the end of the course they will have gained the understanding and experience to make the best choice for them.

Developing employability skills

One of the main purposes of BTEC qualifications is to help students progress ultimately into employment.

The vast majority of employers require certain technical skills and knowledge, and they also look for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace. These skills include self-management, team working, business awareness, problem solving, communication, literacy and numeracy. Throughout the BTEC First Extended Certificate in Engineering students are helped to develop a range of employability skills.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are at least 5 GCSEs, including maths and English Language at grade C or 4/5, although a grade B (or equivalent) or higher is preferred.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Units offered include:

  • the ways engineering affects our world today
  • engineered products
  • materials
  • how mathematics and science are essential to success.
How will I be assessed

Assessment is by course work (both practical and theory) and written assignments.

What next

Successful completion opens the door to a wealth of engineering opportunities.

Students will be well placed to apply for an Apprenticeship at the end of the first year. Alternatively, those students wishing to remain in full time education for a further year and wish to progress to university or a higher Apprenticeship, will be invited to join the Extended Diploma in Engineering which is of the equivalent size to 3 A Levels.

Former students have become, amongst others, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Design Engineers, Civil Engineers, Aerospace Engineers and Project Engineers working in a range of sectors.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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