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Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Milton Keynes College

Course description

Are you are over 16 years of age and considering Engineering as a career? Maybe the academic route has not worked for you, and a more practical vocational style of learning will?

Are you curious and want to know both the theory and the practical applications of Engineering? Do you see challenges rather than problems? Then this course is ideal for you.

This course is open to older students (19 plus) but the student may incur additional fees depending upon personal and family situation.

Course content

  • Working Safely in an Engineering environment
  • Communication for Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering including science and material properties
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Workshop skills
  • Automation & control
  • Project management
  • IT Skills – standard Office Software and specialist Engineering packages.

With this course you can expect to receive around 40% practical and 60% theoretical instruction as a guide. This is dependent upon unit selection.

Entry requirements

PERSONAL QUALITIES (ALL CANDIDATES): You need to have a proactive approach to your personal development and studies. You should display positive attitudes and appropriate behaviour when dealing with other students or college staff.

EXTERNAL CANDIDATES: A minimum of 5 GCSE or equivalent qualifications at grade C above, including Mathematics and English Language. (Grade C in physics based science would be beneficial but is not necessary.) Following application you will be invited to:-

  • Attend an interview with engineering staff
  • Complete a hand written enhanced interview question paper
  • Take an on-line test (BKSB) for functional use of Mathematics and English Language.

PROGRESSION CANDIDATES: You are required to have successfully completed an engineering based level 2 qualification. You must also have successfully achieved level 2 Functional skills in both Mathematics and English and a “Merit” or “Distinction” grade in the additional BTEC L2 unit – Applied electrical and mechanical science for engineering.

Your application must be supported by positive references from your level 2 engineering based qualification tutor(s).

Your overall attendance must be recorded as above the college benchmark of 90% and you must not have received any formal written warnings for:

Poor attendance or timekeeping
Inappropriate behaviour
Failure to complete coursework within the allotted timeframe

Improving your mathematics and English language skills is a key part of your development at college. As of September 2015 all Level 3 progression students will be given the opportunity to take GCSE Mathematics and/or English as part of your course of study.


You will be assessed throughout the duration of the 2 year course through written assignments and practical work.

Future opportunities

You may choose to progress to higher education either doing the HNDs offered by Milton Keynes College or other institutions.

Alternatively you may choose to pursue an Apprenticeship and links can be made while you are studying with us.

You can also enter employment in a Technicians role within the Engineering Industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 April 2016
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