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The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering is designed for learners who are interested in a career in engineering and want to progress to further study in this sector. Learners will take a practical, applied engineering course as part of their Level 3 study programme. They will be able to combine this with other qualifications, which would then allow them to progress onto higher education to study engineering or other STEM related programmes.

What units will I study?

  • Unit 1 - Engineering principles: Learners apply mathematical and physical science principles to solve electrical, electronic and mechanical based engineering problems.
  • Unit 2 - Delivery of Engineering practices: Learners explore how processes are undertaken by teams to create engineered products or to deliver engineering services safely.
  • Unit 3 - Engineering product design and manufacture: Learners will explore engineering product design and manufacturing processes and will complete activities that consider function, sustainability, materials, form and other factors.
  • Unit 4 - Electronic Devices and Circuits: Learners explore the operation of electronic devices and their uses in circuits through simulation and practical exercises to build and test physical analogue and digital circuits.

To achieve the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Engineering, which is equivalent to a full A level, all four units need to be studied.

Where could this course lead?

This qualification is recognised by higher education providers and will contribute to meeting admission requirements for courses at university in a variety of areas of the engineering sector. It can also enable learners to access apprenticeships in engineering and supports progression to job opportunities in the sector including:

  • engineering operative
  • manufacturing operative
  • semi-skilled operative

Course Essentials

Courses Available
Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Entry Requirements

PLUS
Grade 5 or above in Maths
AND
Grade 5/5 or above in Combined Science
Grade 4 in Design Technology (if taken)
How The Course is Assessed
A mix of coursework (33%) and externally assessed units (67%) Units 1 is assessed through written examination lasting 2 hours. Units 2 and 4 are assessed internally (i.e. coursework). Unit 3 via a controlled assessment set and marked externally.
Career Pathways
For students wanting to progress into higher education, it is equivalent to an A level in terms of UCAS points.
Transferable Skills
  • the ability to learn independently
  • the ability to research actively and methodically
  • the ability to give presentations and be active group members
  • students can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study
  • the course provides a vocational context in which students can develop the knowledge and skills required for degree courses
Other Information
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • reading technical texts
  • effective writing
  • preparation for assessment methods used in degrees
  • the ability to learn independently
  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: using critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology
  • interpersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development
Enquiries To
Alison Frost: ajf@varndean.ac.uk