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Engineering Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate at Ashfield School

Course description

The BTEC National Extended Certificate is a vocational qualification. It provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare equally for direct entry into employment, or for progression to higher education.

Course content

The Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate comprises 4 units (3 mandatory units plus 1 specialist units, of which 2 are externally assessed). The units cover various aspects of Engineering, from Applied Mathematics, Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Principles, Working safely in Engineering and Engineering Processes through to Engineering Product Design and Manufacture and Computer Aided Design in Engineering. Some units are assessed and graded through assignments based on work-related situations or activities with opportunities for teamwork and in-depth study. Some units are assessed externally through formal examinations.

Entry requirements

A GCSE equivalent to five passes at grade 5 or above (including Mathematics and English) or other related Level 2 qualifications. One of the five must be L2 Engineering, GCSE Resistant materials or GCSE Electronics. A minimum of a grade 6 is a recommended requirement at GCSE maths, because of the large amount of applied mathematics contained in unit 1.


Unit 1 – Engineering Principles, GLH=120 – externally assessed.

Unit 2 – Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team, GLH=60 – internally assessed.

Unit 3 – Engineering Product Design and Manufacture, GLH=120 – externally assessed.

Unit 4 – Computer Aided Design in Engineering, GLH=60 – internally assessed.

The National Extended Certificate is a two-year course, the successful completion of which is worth 1 A Level at Grades A*-E (Distinction* - Pass)

Future opportunities

Engineering is a well respected profession and with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) in short supply, there are plenty of choices of jobs on offer. BTEC engineering students will gain a range of very transferable skills to prepare them for their future career. Employers often say that what they want are articulate recruits, with good self-awareness, good thinking skills, flexible minds and the ability to make good decisions. The BTEC in Engineering develops all of these.

This course is an ideal preparation for students who wish to follow a career in an Engineering related occupation. The Level 3 BTEC enables progression to degree-level courses at university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years