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Engineering BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Scarborough Sixth Form College

Course description

This course provides an attractive alternative to the traditional AS level for students who have a genuine interest in engineering and would prefer a more practical approach.
The aim of this course is to enable you to actively experience the engineering environment and will include units on both electrical and electronic engineering.
The BTEC Engineering course is ideal if you have an interest in technical or scientific subjects and you want to understand the principles of engineering, and their application – including the use of electrical technology in modern engineering.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Engineering Principles.
    This unit will develop your mathematical and physical scientific knowledge and understanding to enable you to solve problems set in an engineering context. You will explore and apply the algebraic and trigonometric mathematical methods required to solve engineering problems. The mechanical problems you will encounter cover static, dynamic, fluids and thermodynamic systems. The electrical and electronic problems you will encounter cover static and direct current (DC) electricity, DC circuit theory and networks, magnetism, and single-phase alternating current theory.
  • Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely As a Team.
    In this unit, you will examine common engineering processes, including health and safety legislation, regulations that apply to these processes and how individual and team performance can be affected by human factors. You will learn the principles of another important process, engineering drawing, and develop two-dimensional (2D) computer-aided drawing skills while producing orthographic projections and circuit diagrams. Finally, you will work as a team member and team leader to apply a range of practical engineering processes to manufacture a batch of an engineered product or to safely deliver a batch of an engineering service.
  • Unit 3: Engineering Product Design and Manufacture.
    In this unit, you will examine what triggers changes in the design of engineering products and the typical challenges that engineers face, such as designing out safety risks. You will learn how material properties and manufacturing processes impact on the design of an engineering product. Finally, you will use an iterative process to develop a design for an engineering product by interpreting a brief, producing initial ideas and then communicating and justifying your suggested solution.

There will also be a fourth, optional unit, chosen from:

  • Unit 10 Computer Aided Design in Engineering
  • Unit 19 Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Unit 25 Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
  • Unit 35 Computer Programming

Entry requirements

In addition to the BTEC entry requirements you will need a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE Maths


The course uses a variety of assessment methods.

Unit 1 is examined by a single 2-hour exam worth 80 marks.

Unit 3 is assessed by a set task of 60 marks provided by the exam board and completed under supervised conditions. You will be given a case study two weeks before a supervised assessment period, to carry out three hours of independent preparatory research.

The other two units are assessed by assignments set by your teacher and completed in lessons or as homework.

Future opportunities

You will be able to progress from this course to study engineering at many universities or work in the engineering and technology sector. The course is a good preparation for employment or an apprenticeship in a wide range of technical roles.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Scarborough Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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