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Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 (Foundation Diploma) at King Edward VII

Course description

This qualification is worth 1.5 A Levels. It consists of 60% coursework assignments and 40% externally examined units). Assignments, units and final marks will be graded as Pass (E), Merit (C), Distinction (A) or Distinction* (A*).

This ENGINEERING course is specifically aimed at young people wanting to study Engineering at university or take up an apprenticeship or a degree apprenticeship career in Engineering.

Local engineering employers tell us that they need skilled employees with a good technical knowledge as well as the ability to work well in a team and communicate effectively. This course addresses these needs.

It is ideal for students who would enjoy more practical and project work than they would experience studying 3 A Levels.

Depending on ability, students will study either ONE or TWO A Levels with the new Level 3 Engineering BTEC (National Foundation Diploma - 540 hours - 7 UNITS). They will also complete the Extended Project Qualification in Year 13 worth 0.5 of an A Level. Students NOT taking Maths A Level will be asked to take Core Maths (worth 0.4 of an A Level) over 2 years.

Students will leave the course with the equivalent of 4, 3.5 or 3 A Levels.

Course content

Example student 1 (mainly 7s and 6s at GCSE)


· Maths and

· one of…Product Design, Physics, Chemistry, Business, Computing (and others)


· Engineering (7 units—worth 1.5 A Levels)

Student assignments during the 2 years mainly take the form of practical project work, case studies and presentations and are closely linked to the modern engineering industry but 2 of the compulsory units will be externally examined. There will be several site visits to engineering companies. Students learn the necessary skills in science and maths to equip them to be successful engineers and to access higher level courses.


The units we study are:

Unit 1 Engineering Principles (exam)

Unit 2 Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team

Unit 3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture (extended exam from a brief)

Unit 4 Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering

Unit 10 Computer Aided Design in Engineering

Unit 19 Electronic Devices and Circuits

Unit 35 Computer Programming


Example student 2 (mainly 5s and 4s at GCSE)


· Product Design, Business or Computing


· Engineering BTEC (7 units—worth 1.5 A Levels)

See the 7 unit titles listed above.


Core Maths in one year (worth 0.4 A Level)


Edexcel’s Project qualification (worth 0.5 A Levels) in Year 13

Students will work in school on an Engineering based project in Year 13 that can be a case study, essay or more likely an artefact (a redesigned and improved product or even a new invention). Students have access to the facilities at Sheffield Hallam University as well as extra tutorial support.  This project is worth 0.5 of an A Level and is initially assessed in school. Many students have achieved A* (and 70 UCAS points) grades in the last 3 years.

Work placement

If students wish to arrange a 2 week Engineering work placement at a convenient point in the course the school will support this. It can be useful when applying for courses or obtaining apprenticeships.

Entry requirements

Students who have a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths will be eligible to study A Level Maths (preferred by most universities). Additionally students wishing to study A Level Sciences should have a grade 6 or better in Science GCSEs.

To enter the sixth form 5 good pass grade GCSEs (or relevant equivalent qualifications) are required including at least Grade 4 in English and grade 5 in Maths and Sciences. A good grade in a Design & Technology subject is also useful to help you manage project work.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to download our subject blocking timetable. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

Y12 Subject Blocks 2018-19

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.


Further information

  • Provides young people with a higher-level education based on an engineering industry driven curriculum.
  • Allows young people to explore what engineering is about and examine the different opportunities it has to offer – without restricting their future education or career choices.
  • Provides young people with important life skills as well as a foundation in engineering principles. Theoretical knowledge is backed up by a strong emphasis on learning by doing.
  • Shows students learn how to think for themselves; how to problem solve; how to communicate; how to work independently; and how to function successfully as part of a team.
  • Provides several industrial visits and real life projects linked to industry.
  • Is supported by many top universities - Manchester and Sheffield Universities for example have stated that they will welcome applications from students with the new Level 3 BTEC Engineering qualifications, alongside A Level Maths (A*-B).

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: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September