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Engineering BTEC Extended Certificate at Alton College

Course description

A BTEC Extended Certificate is a 2-year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC Extended Certificates or CTECs. The full Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level, and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points.

You will study a series of  units over two years covering a range of engineering related subjects which give you an understanding of the skills, qualities and knowledge needed to work in this field. Over the two years of the course you will study:

  • Engineering principles
  • Delivery of Engineering processes
  • Safety as a team
  • Engineering product design and manufacture

Course content

Most lessons will be taught in our new state-of-the art Sonardyne Technology Centre. This has an electronics lab, CAD room and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. For much of your time on the course you will be carrying out assignment based projects. You will be expected to spend at least six hours per week on private study to complete these projects.

Entry requirements

Students studying a BTEC Extended Certificate programme will have achieved an average GCSE point score of 4.5 or above and have achieved at least a Grade C in Maths. Students with a point score between 4.5 – 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Extended Certificates and AS levels. Students who have studied an appropriate Level 2 BTEC in Engineering should have achieved at least Merit grades.

In addition to the general requirements for starting an advanced level course of study you should have achieved a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and a grade C in GCSE Science.


The BTEC Extended Certificate is both internally and externally assessed. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. Some are assessed internatlly by your teachers and then moderated by the board. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points. Students must complete the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Extended Certificate.

Financial information

Essential: Steel toe capped leather footwear and 100% cotton full  overalls  for workshop use. We supply these but students may choose to buy their own from our independent supplier during the first week of term.

Students are required to make a contribution of £20 for materials and resources used on the course. This needs to be made through the online store after enrolment.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alton College directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016

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