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Engineering BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

The course is made up of 17 Units covering a wide variety of Engineering concepts.

Topics covered include Health & Safety, Electronics, CAD, Maths and Science for Engineers, Workshop skills and commercial manufacturing techniques. A range of visits to employers and universities compliment the work covered in school.

The course also includes a 2 week work placement with a company in the Engineering sector. Again, these placements reflect the diversity of Engineering and include electronics engineering companies, vehicle maintenance, civil engineering and transport companies. 

Course content

Year 12- Outline

Basic engineering skills are developed using both traditional workshop skills and more advanced manufacturing techniques. Health & Safety is a big focus in Year 12, not only when students are working, but also the commercial implications to companies of Health & Safety Law. Students maths and science understanding is also developed during the first year looking at the mathematical and scientific principles which underpin Engineering.

The work placement takes place during Year 12 enabling students to see the real world application of some of the concepts taught. 


Year 13- Outline

A range of practical skills are further developed during this year, as well as developing more advanced CAD/CAM skills. Commercial manufacturing techniques, materials technology, and further development of maths and science skills in an engineering context are covered. Students will also undertake an engineering project. 

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have achieved at least a grade ā€˜Cā€™ in GCSE Maths, English and Science. Whilst this course provides the perfect route for students wishing to further their understanding of DT and

Engineering, studying a DT subject at GCSE is not an entry requirement if students have enthusiasm and an aptitude towards Engineering. 

Students on this course will need to be able to work in both team situations as well as being able to successfully work independently. Attendance is vital as this is a fast moving course and covering a wide range of theory and practical tasks.  Many students have used Engineering as a stepping stone to University to continue their studies, or have moved on to Apprenticeships. 


A variety of assessment tasks are undertaken. Some are practical assessments, some involve written documentation of skills gained, and some are research based tasks. There are no exams. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September