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Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Canons High School

Course description

Students wanting to study Engineering related subjects at university or who would like to pursue a vocational engineering pathway such as an apprenticeship. They do not have to have studied Engineering at GCSE to do the course.

The activities used during the course centre around case studies which are based on real-life and fictional engineering situations. Engineers and scientists from businesses and manufacturing companies will be linked with the course to provide challenge and experience to students. Visits to various companies locally, nationally or internationally will take place to enhance and develop understanding of what engineers do. Developing skills such as computer aided designing will be a priority and an integral part of producing a personalised engineering project where the student will be expected to work autonomously.

Course content

The course is designed to give entrants to the engineering sector the underpinning knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the needs of most modern engineering industries. The course is designed for students wanting to go to university or straight into further training or employment. The course is taught using real examples of industries to build up experiences that will prepare the student to be a productive engineer.

The subject will include mathematics for engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, computer aided design, measurement and inspection, process control and electronics. This will be coupled with business organisation in engineering, commercial aspects of engineering organisations and a large scale immersion in a personalised engineering project.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades including Mathematics.


The course is 100% controlled assessment with no examination. Students need to show that they have produced work that meets the requirements of the specification and the assignment brief. This could be in the form of designs, practical outcomes or tutor observations. You will be required to meet the continuing assessment deadlines throughout the course.  

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years