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Engineering Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a 2 year full time course

About the course

This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the design, development, manufacture and production of engineering products and systems.

There is a strong mathematical focus to this course and we recommend that applicants work towards the higher tier GCSE paper in Maths and aim for a B. This will ensure you have covered the necessary mathematical elements to cope with the demands of the course.

Some of the topics covered on the course will include Mechanical Principles, Properties and Applications of Materials, CAD, Measurement and Inspection, Health and Safety and CAM. You will also complete an Engineering Project as part of the course. You are expected to work independently on assignment work away from the college.

There are work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad. The Engineering department has developed links with an Engineering firm in Germany. There will also be chance to take part in trips abroad; for example, recent visits have been to BMW and Allianz Arena in Munich and Skoda in Prague.

You will be encouraged to enter Engineering competitions to test and stretch your knowledge. Previous students won a national competition for building the best spaghetti bridge. Visits to national Engineering events at venues such as the NEC in Birmingham will help keep you up to date with current trends in the field of Engineering.

You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE maths or English if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade 4.  (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade 4 in both Maths and English).

Will this course suit me?

This course would suit you if you are looking for a career in product design, aerospace, manufacturing, electronics, electrical engineering, or the automotive industry as a project leader or designer.

Qualification Title

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering.

This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 3 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.

What students say about this course

“Engineering is really interesting and you learn lots of new techniques and make lots of new friends at college. After I complete my course I would like to continue my studies at university to gain all the knowledge and qualifications I need to become an aerospace engineer in the future.”



Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 above including English Language, Maths & Science



The Extended Diploma consists of 17 units which are assessed by assignment that are set and marked internally.



Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

The next step could be to our own Foundation Degree in Engineering, other Higher Education courses in this area or into employment in the field.





Further information

How to apply                        

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: GFNEN1