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Engineering BTEC Level 3 at Aston University Engineering Academy

Course description


Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma – 60 credits

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level and offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. Learners will extend their programme through the study of other GCE AS Levels.  Please note GCE A Level Mathematics is compulsory and a further two optional GCE A Levels are required to be selected.  Therefore this equates to 4 GCE AS levels in year 12.


Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – 180 credits

The 180-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work-related focus of the BTEC Level 3 Diploma. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels. Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme.  One additional GCE A Level will be required to be completed.

Course content

AS Module and Content


1 - Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace

Specialist Mandatory

6 - Electrical and Electronic Principles

Optional Units

35 - Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits


A2 Module and Content

Optional Units:

10 - Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials

16 - Engineering Drawing for Technicians

26 - Applications of Computer Numerical Control in Engineering




Entry requirements

A keen interest in Engineering, Maths and Science. It is recommended that you arrange a surgery meeting with Academy to discuss whether this is the best option for you. See website or ring 0121 380 0570



All units are internally assessed in the BTEC qualifications. All assessment for the BTEC qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes delivered and assessed within assignments for each unit chosen. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade will then be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:

to achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria

to achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria

to achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.

Learners who complete the unit but who do not meet all the pass criteria are graded ‘unclassified’.

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Future opportunities


BTECs allow students to move on to higher education, to progress further in their career, to start their career in a certain industry or in some instances give them the skills to start their own business. They allow the student flexibility and choice in what they choose to do. Typically a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma will provide progression onto BTEC HND/HNC, Foundation Degree,Bachelors Degree, NVQ or employment.

Further information


If you require further information on any aspect of the course you should contact the following


Mr Ian Middleton


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aston University Engineering Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Exam Board - Edexcel
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