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Engineering BTEC Diploma-Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

This study programme will give you a broad understanding of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering that is ideal preparation for higher education or employment as an apprentice or engineering technician. The qualification blends classroom teaching and practical work using specialised engineering equipment.

Course content

You will study three units each term, covering a range of subjects including: 

  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electronic Principles and Devices and Engineering Drawing
  • Further Engineering Mathematics
  • Further Mechanical Principles
  • Further Electronics
  • Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) 
  • Engineering project

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade 4/5 or above and preferably GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry. 

Entrants not holding a grade 4 in Maths, but who have a grade 2/3, will study GCSE Maths and take the examination at the end of the year. Completing first years will not be able to automatically continue into their second year without achieving GCSE Maths at grade 4.

We also accept applicants who have successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering.


Assessments mainly take the form of assignments, typically four per unit spread across each term. In some cases alternative forms of evidence or assessment method may be used, such as extended project work, CAD drawings, portfolio of work or class tests. There are no final end of year examinations, but portfolio work is expected to be to a high standard and typed. Help may be available for those who struggle with English or IT.

Financial information

Q. Are there any additional costs?
A. We recommend you buy a scientific calculator, memory stick (USB), an A4 folder, dividers and some drawing equipment. Due to the working environment and for hygiene reasons, you will need to purchase a pair safety glasses, safety shoes (approx. £20-£30) and a pair of overalls (£25) which will be colour coded to year groups and personalised with your name. There will also be a separate supplementary fee of £50 to contribute towards the costs of consumables used on the course. There may also be trips during the year that may incur an additional cost. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by Petroc*.

* The equipment requirements will be discussed in more detail at interview.

Future opportunities

Completion of 180 credits will provide the equivalent to three full A Levels and is accepted by most universities for entry to an engineering related degree course. Petroc will accept the BTEC Extended Diploma for entry on to our Foundation Degrees in Mechanical Design and Manufacture, Electronics and Communications, and, Digital Technologies. Alternatively, successful students can apply to take an apprenticeship in a variety of engineering contexts, or employment.

Further information

The students on this programme have access to specialist workshops, laboratories and high quality CAD applications in well supported computer systems. The Mechanical work is covered by many resources including machine shop, welding and sheet metal workshops, and science laboratory with a range of industrial testing equipment. The Electrical, Electronic, Digital Technology studies are supported by computer assisted learning and virtual instrumentation in two classrooms and a practical workshop where soldering of surface mount Devices (SMD) and through hole platted (THP) technologies, assembly and circuit testing can take place.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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