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Manufacturing Engineering - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This two-year course (equivalent to 3 A Levels) focuses on aspects of engineering from the manufacturing sectors. It is based in our modern engineering workshops at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre, Feltham where you will learn specialist skills and knowledge related to managing engineering projects, CAD, CAM, CNC, electronics, welding and with an additional opportunity to study theory of flight. There will be an engineering project in the second year.

The Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels and the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. This program can lead to higher education or apprenticeship.

Course content

In the first year you will study:

  • Health and Safety
  • Maths
  • Business
  • Engineering Drawing
  • CAD
  • Machining
  • Metallurgy
  • Theory of Flight.

In the second year you will study:

  • Engineering Project
  • Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices
  • Further Mathematics
  • Welding Principles
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Theory of Flight.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Industrial and educational visits and trips will give you the chance to see the types of work engineers do and think about the engineering career that you might be interested in.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4 including maths or a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. If

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Assessment will be based on completion of assignments and set coursework which go together to produce your final portfolio.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

HND or BSc degree at university, or find employment or an advanced apprenticeship in design, planning, drafting, welding and fabrication, finishing, machining, semiconductor processing or electrical and mechanical production engineering.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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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: 02 August 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Course code: 0094
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    • 020 8326 2000
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    • As part of West Thames College London, the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre in Feltham is a smaller campus with a friendly atmosphere, offering a range of trade courses in West London.

      Around 650 students study at the Skills Centre to gain the practical skills needed for a career in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Engineering, Catering or Construction trades (Plumbing, Brickwork, Painting & Decorating, Electrical Installation and Carpentry).

      We have excellent links with employers too, so there are lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities.

      The Centre has its own Common Room, Careers Advisors, Library, Cafeteria, IT Suite and Outdoor Leisure Activities. Students at Feltham also have full access to the Isleworth campus.

      Courses at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre are very popular and, as places are limited, you are advised to apply early.