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Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Engineering at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

Most learners on the BTEC Level 3 programme work towards a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in year one and progress onto a Diploma or Extended Diploma in year two. The emphasis is on learning theories, concepts and practices within engineering that will provide knowledge and understanding to enable the learner to analyse, solve and evaluate real engineering problems. Learners then benefit from a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification which carries UCAS points for University entry or contributes to the framework of an apprenticeship in Engineering.

In this study programme you will apply the principles and knowledge on how to successfully work in Engineering that will include, but not be limited to:

Year 1:
• Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
• Mathematics for Technicians
• Mechanical Principles and Applications
• Electrical and Electronic Principles
• Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
• Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
• Fluid Dynamics
• Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits
• Assignment writing

Year 2-
• Communications for Engineering Technicians
• Engineering Project
• Further Mechanical Principles and Applications
• Computer Aided Design
• Selecting and Using Programmable Controllers
• Microelectronics
• Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
• Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems and Devices

Entry requirements

You will need to have 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) including English or Maths.

In addition you will need to have a successful interview that shows interests and hobbies related to the world of Engineering, plus an encouraging school reference/report.  Cambridge Regional College internal applicants must have successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering & Technology study programme, together with a minimum of Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English. Applicants will also need to participate in a successful interview, have good attendance on any previous course and have a good internal end of year report.

Learners aged 19 or over will be required to pay course fees.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Assessment will take place via assignments set throughout the year. Each unit studied (9) will have approximately 3 assignments. Assignments will carry success criteria of Pass, Merit and Distinction grades.

You will have tutorial support throughout your study programme and one to one tutor support and guidance as needed of 20 minutes every 3 weeks. You will also contribute to your own support using the college's Electronic Individual learner Plan. This will also help you build your own Passport to Success documentation.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Successful completion of all elements of this study programme will allow you to progress in several different ways, including;

• A further full or part time study programme to level 4 HNC in Engineering
• Gaining of employment within the Engineering industry at junior technician level
• An advanced apprenticeship scheme in Engineering

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 September 2018
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