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Engineering (Electrical) Level 3 Extended Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical Engineering aims to provide a firm foundation in many areas of Engineering, but also encourages personal development and expression. The course taps into what students enjoy, feel good at and find familiar. Students build their confidence because they are developing practical skills that will help them secure a job in the future.

Course content

The course is made up of 5 mandatory units plus optional units from a broad range of professional and subject-specific specialist units, offering learners the chance to study particular areas in depth and the opportunity to follow a clear specialist pathway. All students study these 5 mandatory units:

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians
  • Engineering Project
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

Entry requirements

Students should have a BTEC Level 2 Merit or Distinction Grade portfolio or at least four GCSEs at Grades A*- C. A grade C or above in maths is essential. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. All students will need to demonstrate an active interest in Electrical Engineering or related subject areas


BTECs offer practical experience that is often lacking in more traditional routes such as A levels. This allows them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in practical situations. Students who gain BTEC qualifications will also earn UCAS points. Students completing BTEC qualifications can apply for University places through UCAS & the Universities and Colleges Admission Service.

Future opportunities

Once you have completed your Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. A triple distrinction in your Extended Diploma gives the same level of UCAS Tariff points as 3 As at A-Level. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation. Particular courses students progress on to include: Electrical & Electronic Engineering HNC, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Higher National Diploma HND or Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons). Electrical Engineers work on a range of exciting projects. They design, develop and maintain electrical control systems and/or components to required specifications, focusing on economy, safety, reliability, quality and sustainability. You could find yourself working in many sectors including: the building industry and services, including lighting, heating and ventilation; transportation and transport networks; manufacturing and construction and the production and distribution of power.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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