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Engineering Level 3 Diploma at Cirencester College

Course description

Modern life depends on engineers to develop, support and control the products and systems that are all around us for example, cars, heart rate monitors and manufacturing and transport systems.  To make a contribution as an engineer you must be able to draw on an important range of principles developed by early engineering scientists, such as Newton, Young, Faraday and Ohm.  There is an increasing demand for “multi-skilled” engineers who can apply principles from several engineering disciplines to develop solutions.

Course content

These courses have been substantially revised by BTEC to reflect the expectations of Employers and Higher Education institutions.

These courses provide a general engineering education through a range of units . Most of the assessment is through tasks and assignments which are always set in a vocational context. The written exam is common to the Extended Certificate, Diploma and extended Diploma, it assesses a broad range of underpinning skills and knowledge.

During the course you will:

  • Have practical experience from real world assignments.
  • Take responsibility for your own learning.
  • Develop interpersonal and practical thinking skills
  • Gain a strong core base of knowledge
  • Have real experience of effective teamwork
  • Know how to work to a brief with set deadlines
  • Efficiently manage your time to complete tasks and processes.

We offer 3 alternative courses as detailed below:

Extended Certificate: (1 A level equivalent)

3 mandatory units plus 1 optional unit.

  1. Engineering principles (Written exam set and marked by the examining body)
  2. Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team (Set and marked internally)
  3. Engineering product design and manufacture (Set and marked by the examining body)

The optional unit will be selected by the College from a range offered by BTEC. It will be set and marked internally through assignment work.

Diploma: (2 A level equivalent)

5 mandatory units plus 5 optional units.

  1. Engineering principles (Written exam set and marked by the examining body)
  2. Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team (Set and marked internally)
  3. Engineering product design and manufacture (Set and marked by the examining body)
  4. Applied commercial and quality principles in engineering. (Set and marked internally)
  5. Specialist engineering project. (Set and marked internally)The 5 optional units will be selected by the College from a range offered by BTEC. They are all set and marked internally through assignments.

Extended Diploma (3 A level equivalent)

7 mandatory units plus 8 optional units.

  1. Engineering principles (Written exam set and marked by the examining body)
  2. Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team (Set and marked internally)
  3. Engineering product design and manufacture (Set and marked by the examining body)
  4. Applied commercial and quality principles in engineering. (Set and marked internally)
  5. Specialist engineering project. (Set and marked internally)
  6. Microcontroller systems for engineers.
  7. Calculus to solve engineering problems.

The 8 optional units will be selected by the College from a range offered by BTEC. They are all set and marked internally through assignments.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 Maths.

Assessment

  • Written exam: Students create written (and calculated) answers to practical       questions in exam conditions.
  • Tasks: Provide students with work based challenges in timed, realistic work conditions.
  • Assignments: Mostly written and calculated answers but some units require drawing, making or testing.

Awarding Body: BTEC/Pearson

Future opportunities

This course can help you progress to:

  • Employment in the Engineering sector
  • Apprenticeships in Engineering
  • Roles in the Armed Forces
  • Higher level Vocational courses (e.g. Higher National Diploma)
  • Higher Education courses (e.g. Foundation Degree or Degree level )

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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