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Space Engineering - BTEC Diploma at Pendleton Sixth Form College

Course description

Running in partnership with the National Space Academy, Pendleton Sixth Form College is the only college in the North West to offer this exciting, innovative and fascinating course. The combination of A Level and vocational study gives you the perfect ground in the highly competitive field.  A highlight to the course is a visit to CERN in Geneva for all students studying this programme

Course content

This course is ideal for those who have strong GCSEs in science and mathematics and a real interest in the subject.

You will study A level mathematics and a A level physics, alongside BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering which is equivalent to 4 A levels alongside the practical, hands-on experience of engineering. In the engineering diploma, you will study the mathematics and physics relevant to engineering and explore new topics such as electronics, CAD/CAM, fabrication and materials science.

All of the subjects are taught within the context of space science and the particular problem of engineering solutions relating to the space sector.  Contexts include the space environment, earth observation from space, cosmology, human space exploration, astronomy and terrestial applications of space technology and science.

Entry requirements

A-B or 5-9 grade profile at GCSE (including a grade B/6 in mathematics, a grade BB in GCSE science and additional science, or a grade B/6 in phsics)


The A Level modules will be assessed by exams with a practical coursework element in physics

The engineering qualification will be assessed though a combination of written exams, practical exams and coursework which will involve you building, testing and reporting on your own project

Financial information

Full time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are EU citizens

Future opportunities

The Space sector is one of the few that has grown over the past few years and worth over £13 billion to the UK economy. The course offers pathways into the space sector but also into any other engineering, physics, computer science and maths related degrees and jobs.

Further information

You will have a mentor who ensures that your training fits the requirements and offers the skills needed for the job

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: 20 September 2018
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