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Btec Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomain Engineering at Downend School

Course description

Students following the BTEC in Engineering will have the opportunity to enrol on the Engineering Education Scheme.

Working as a team, students are set a real engineering problem to be solved by a locally based company. This is a prestigious scheme that has helped many students gain employment with high profile companies such as Rolls Royce.

Level 3 BTEC is a vocational course that pulls together many different aspects of engineering, specifically leaning towards mechanical and manufacturing engineering. This is tailored to suit the particular engineering industries within the local area, helping to give students a grounding to enter industry with the correct background knowledge.

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. Students may wish to extend their programme through the study of a general qualification such as GCE AS Levels, additional specialist learning through another BTEC qualification. These learning programmes can be developed to allow students to study related and complementary qualifications without duplication of content.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering is a 60-credit and 360-guided-learning-hour.It is possible to gain half the qualification with the completion of the 3 units delivered in the first year. (GLH) qualification that consists of two mandatory units plus four optional units:

Units covered


Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace (core unit)

Unit 5: Mechanical Principles and applications (core Unit)


Unit 16: Engineering Drawing for Technicians

Unit 22: Fabrication Process and Technology

Unit 30: Setting and Proving Secondary Machining Techniques.

Unit 31: Computer Aided Manufacturing.

Entry requirements

Yr12: Grade B in GCSE Design Technology, Maths and Science.

Yr13: Grade D in AS Engineering

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years