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Design and Engineering BTEC level 3 Diploma at Dane Court Grammar School

Course description

This is an exciting, rigorous advanced Level 3 qualification, on a par with two A-levels, and is recognised by employers who have been involved in the development of the specification alongside professional bodies and higher education institutions. Essential transferable skills, such as communication, problem solving, research and team work, are included to equip students with the academic, personal and professional skills necessary for employment, higher apprenticeships or further study at university.

Design engineers help to conceive and create everything from the latest iPhone to offshore drilling components. This qualification gives students the opportunity to develop specialist design skills and the ability to apply them to an engineering sector of their choice. This course provides an excellent pathway into diverse, emerging and exciting careers or further study in engineering.


Course content

Course Outline

This qualification comprises eight mandatory units. All units must be completed to achieve the full qualification

Unit 1  Materials technology and science

Unit 2  Mechanical systems

Unit 3   Mathematics for engineers

Unit 4  Engineering design

Unit 5  Production and manufacturing

Unit 6  Design visualisation

Unit 7  Advanced design for manufacture

Unit 8  Design engineer project management

An essential part of the course requires students to undertake meaningful activity involving employers during their study. This can be in the form of structured work experience or work placements, assignments set by our industry partners and master classes or guest lectures. This new course benefits from the enthusiastic support of a range of local engineering companies.


Entry requirements

General entry requirements:

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme:  3 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5 at GCSE



Units 1-3 are externally assessed by written examinations or assignments with the remainder being internally assessed and externally moderated. Candidates will awarded combination of ‘Pass’, ‘Merit’ or ‘Distinction’ grades upon the successful completion of the course.

There are no formal entry requirement for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, students would also benefit from having studied a science and design and technology, or art and design course at GCSE.

Examples of potential career opportunities as a result of the study of design engineering are as a design engineer, development engineer, ergonomist, research and development engineer, product development engineer, product design engineer, or integrated circuit design engineer.


Further information

The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme

The IB Career-Related Programme aims to provide a curriculum for students that will equip them for further education and also the world of work.  It combines the academic rigour and principles of the IB with well-established vocational qualifications and a unique ‘core’ course.

The IB Career-Related Programme is made up of:

A vocational course worth 2 A levels

Two IB subjects at standard level

A ‘core’ comprising:

·         Approaches to Learning

·         Reflective Project

·         Community in service

·         Basic language skills

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: 20 November 2018
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