Engineering


The CTEC 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 - Mathematics for Engineering: Mathematics is one of the fundamental tools of the engineer. It underpins every branch of engineering and the calculations involved are needed to apply almost every engineering skill. This unit will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the mathematical techniques commonly used to solve a range of engineering problems.
  • Unit 2 - Science for Engineering: Different branches of science underpin the teaching and learning of a number of engineering disciplines. In this unit we focus on the science which supports mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, fluid dynamics, thermal physics and material science for engineering. This unit will develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of principles of engineering science and consider how these can be applied to a range of engineering situations.
  • Unit 3 - Principles of Mechanical Engineering All machines and structures are constructed using the principles of mechanical engineering. Machines are made up of components and mechanisms working in combination. Engineers need to understand the principles that govern the behaviour of these components and mechanisms. This unit explores these principles and how they are applied.
  • Unit 4 - Principles of Electronic and Electrical Engineering: Electrical systems and electronic devices are present in almost every aspect of modern life – and it is electrical and electronic engineers who design, test and produce these systems and devices. This unit will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Unit 5 - Electrical and Electronic Design: All electrical and electronic devices rely on their components working effectively. This in turn relies on effective manufacture, and ultimately on the successful design of electrical components. Learners will develop an understanding of the applications of electromagnetism in electrical design, and the ability to be able to use both semi-conductors and programmable process devices in their designs.
  • Unit 6 - Materials Science: Awareness of materials science is needed by design engineers and all other types of engineers in order that they can make informed decisions about the engineering materials that they choose to use in design and manufacture. The aim of this unit is for learners to develop an understanding of industrial material processing techniques, and how this is affected by materials’ properties. They will gain knowledge on the application and uses of modern and smart materials, and develop the ability to be able to test the suitability of different engineering materials for their intended application.

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

Course Essentials

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

PLUS
Grade 5 or above in Maths
Grade 5/5 or above in Combined Science
How The Course is Assessed
A mix of coursework (33%) and externally assessed units (67%). Unit 1-4 are assessed through written examinations. Units 5 and 6 are assessed internally through written assignments (coursework).
Career Pathways
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. You are advised to check however the specific entry requirements of individual universities via the UCAS website. 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.
Transferable Skills
The ability to learn independently, research actively and methodically, give presentations and be active group members. Analytical and problem-solving skills, reading technical texts, effective writing skills, interpersonal skills such as communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing self-presentation.
Enquiries To
Alison Frost: ajf@varndean.ac.uk