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Engineering BTEC level 3 (Extended Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma) at Rosedale College

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and Diploma in Engineering is designed for students who are interested in a career in the engineering sector and want to progress to further study in the sector. Students will take a practical, applied engineering course as part of their Level 3 study programme, which gives them an introduction to the sector. They will be able to combine this with other qualifications, such as a GCE A Level in Mathematics or Physics, which would allow them to progress to higher education to study engineering or other STEM-related programmes.

Course content

The core units studied are: Engineering principles and mathematics; Health and safety, team work and interpreting and creating computer aided Engineering; - Drawings; Design and manufacture of products. In addition to this, the units below are a sample of some of the optional units you could study: Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering; A Specialist Engineering Project; Computer Systems Principles and Practice; Modern Manufacturing Systems.

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of 5 A*- C grades or the equivalent at GCSE including a grade C in English, Mathematics and Science. Alternatively a Merit in the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Principles of Science and BTEC Level 2 First Award Applications of Science. Students who have not studied Engineering before, will need to have a minimum of a grade B in Mathematics at GCSE Level.


The new BTEC Nationals in Engineering use a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace — and have the study skills to continue learning throughout their career. There are free different ways the course is assessed as of 2016: ASSIGNMENTS - this is where students complete a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario which is set and marked by The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust. TASKS - students complete in controlled conditions, a task tackling an everyday challenge; some tasks also draw on pre-released information this is set and externally marked by Pearson. WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS - Students draw on essential information to create a written answers to short and long answer questions in test conditions - this is set and externally marked by Pearson.

Future opportunities

Progression from this qualification is either to a larger size qualification at Level (e.g. BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering or other related subject [e.g. Computing) or if completed alongside other programmes of study will lead to courses in Higher Education. The qualification is recognized by higher education institutions as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses in a variety of areas of the engineering sector, for example: BEng [Hons] in Engineering or Electronics Engineering or BSc (Hons) in Computer Science or Mathematics. This qualification also supports progression to job opportunities in the engineering sector. Jobs that are available in these areas include: Engineering Operative, Manufacturing Operative or a Semi-Skilled Operative. It also supports those following an Apprenticeship in engineering who are looking to work and progress in the engineering sector in an Engineering Operative role.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 January 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years