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Engineering Technical Level 3 at Samuel Whitbread Academy

Course description

The objective of this course is to provide students with a solid foundation in engineering principles, skills and a working knowledge of the engineering world. Students are encouraged to be highly independent, frequently liaising with workplace contacts that they establish, learn to be effective at time management, problem solving and develop good communication skills. Students gain valuable insight into the various engineering sectors and will see how engineering underpins 21st Century living through a series of industry visits, guest speakers and applied learning in the classroom combining theoretic study with practical application.

Course content

We offer two variations of this two year program; a single and double option.

The ‘double’ option is equivalent to 2 A-Level subjects and is a full 2 year course. It comprises 8 units of study; Material Science, Mechanical Systems, Production & Manufacture, Engineering Design, Mathematics for Engineering, Design Visualisation, Advanced Design for Engineering and Engineering Project Management where students engage in an exciting engineering based project of their choosing. This is an immersive way to study the subject, perfect for those looking to pursue apprenticeships or considering university options.

The single option is equivalent to 1 A-level subject and is a 1 year course completed in year 12 comprising the first 4 units outlined above. It allows our students the unique opportunity to study, for instance, A-level Maths and Physics alongside engineering and engage in the Extended Project Qualification in year 13 with other enrichment options available too.

Successful completion of either Level 3 engineering course alongside either A-level or ‘Core Maths’ and the EPQ will also result in the awarding of a Technical Baccalaureate certification on top of their subject results.


Key Features

• Assessment is ongoing throughout the course combining portfolio based projects, set tasks and one examination.

• Multiple units of study with specialist teaching staff offer a broad and varied range of subject material.

• Students are encouraged to establish and maintain contacts in the engineering industries.

• Explore the different types and methods of production and manufacturing processes and system.

• Knowledge and skills are demonstrated in solving real engineering industries


Entry requirements

 • APS 4.5

• Need to have studied a design course at GCSE.

• Grade 4 in GCSE Maths

• Grade 4 in GCSE Sciences

• If Engineering has been studied at GCSE a grade 5 is needed.

• If you would like more information, advice or guidance regarding your engineering options, what they will involve and where they could lead you, please feel free to drop by the DTE office for a chat or e-mail uk


• Combination of coursework, exam and externally set tasks

Future opportunities

By studying the fundamental principles of Engineering you may consider an inexhaustive list of engineering sectors including Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Structural, Design etc. By combining practical application with academic study both apprenticeship and university options may be considered on completion of the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Whitbread Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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