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Engineering BTEC National Extended Certificate (Single Award) Level 3 (Block D) at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School

Course description

Why choose Engineering?

Because Engineers are creative problem solvers....

Engineering is an art form where you use your imagination to solve a problem or create something; maths and science are the building blocks to make the figments of your imagination come to life.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering is a Technical qualification. It provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of engineering products and systems. The course is both practical, and work related and follows a manufacturing pathway developed by BTEC. Learning is achieved through the completion of projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course will require elements of home study and some assessments will take the form of tests.

The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering is a single award equivalent to an A Level, the BTEC National Diploma in Engineering is a double award equivalent to 2 A levels


Course content

Modules Studied:

Unit 1 – Engineering Principles (Mandatory – written exam) 

  • Algebraic and trigonometric mathematical methods
  • Static engineering systems
  • Dynamic engineering systems
  • Fluid and thermodynamic engineering systems
  • Static and direct current electricity and circuits
  • Magnetism and electromagnetic induction
  • Single-phase alternating current

Unit 2 – Delivery of Engineering Processes safely as a team (Mandatory – assignment)

A: Examine common engineering processes to create products or deliver services safely and effectively as a team

  • Common engineering processes
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Human factors affecting the performance of engineering processes

B: Develop two-dimensional computer-aided drawings that can be used in engineering processes

  • Principles of engineering drawing
  • 2D computer-aided drawing

C: Carry out engineering processes safely to manufacture a product or to deliver a service effectively as a team

  • Principles of effective teams
  • Team set-up and organisation
  • Team set-up and organisation
  • Preparation activities for batch manufacture or batch service delivery
  • Delivery of manufacturing or service engineering processes

Unit 3 – Engineering Product Design & Manufacture (Mandatory - assignment)   

A. Design triggers, challenges, constraints and opportunities, and materials and processes

  • Design triggers
  • Design challenges
  • Equipment level and system level constraints and opportunities
  • Material properties
  • Mechanical power transmission
  • Manufacturing processes

B. Interpreting a brief into operational requirements and analysing existing products

  • Design for a customer
  • Regulatory constraints and opportunities
  • Market analysis
  • Performance analysis
  • Manufacturing analysis

C. Using an iterative process to design ideas and develop a modified product proposal

  • Design proposals
  • Communicating designs
  • Iterative development process

D. Technical justification and validation of the design solution

  • Statistical methods
  • Validating designs

Unit 10 – Computer Aided Design in Engineering (Optional)

A: Develop a three-dimensional computer-aided model of an engineered product that can be used as part of other engineering processes

  • 3D parametric modelling
  • Develop 3D components
  • Develop a 3D model
  • Output of drawings from a model

B: Develop two-dimensional detailed computer-aided drawings of an engineered product that can be used as part of other engineering processes

  • 2D drawing commands
  • Development of 2D engineering drawings
  • Output of 2D drawings

C: Develop a three-dimensional computer-aided model for a thin walled product and a fabricated product that can be used as part of other engineering processes

  • 3D modelling commands
  • Develop 3D components
  • Development of a 3D model
  • Output of product drawings

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*- C grade (Grade 4 or higher) at GCSE or equivalent with at least a Grade  4 in GCSE Maths and English or BTEC Level 2 Engineering (Merit or higher)



External assessment

Unit 1: Engineering Principles (Mandatory unit) two hour examination including a mix of short and long-answer problem-solving questions.


Unit 3 – Engineering Product Design & Manufacture (Mandatory unit)

A supervised written assessment task competed within 10 hours over a three-week period. Learners will be provided with a case study in order to carry out research for a two-week period, during the task and they will be required to follow a standard development process of interpreting a brief, scoping initial design ideas, preparing a design proposal and evaluating their proposal.


Internal assessment

The remainder of the course will be assessed by coursework units internally verified by your teachers and externally moderated by the examination board. 


Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/Diploma in Engineering has primarily been designed for those who want to pursue a career in engineering. They can either progress directly to an apprenticeship or employment as an engineering technician, or can choose to progress to higher education to study for an engineering degree (or specialist engineering subject, such as aeronautical engineering). 

Further information

Please Note:

This is a two year course and no qualification will be gained if only one year is completed


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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