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BTEC Level 3 Mechanical Engineering at Ysgol Brynrefail

Course description

 What will I learn?

The qualification will consist of 6 units selected from a bank of Mandatory and Optional units.

Mandatory units will include: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace, Engineering Drawing for Technicians, Mechanical Principles and Applications. These give a general introduction into engineering and the basics to apply engineering principles.

Optional units have been selected in a collaboration between schools, local industry and Coleg Menai. The following are a list of these units: Engineering Drawing for Technicians, Applications of Computer Numerical Control in Engineering, Setting and Proving Secondary Processing Machines, and Computer Aided Manufacturing.


How will I learn?

The course is a partnership between Arfon and Môn secondary schools and Coleg Menai and is the equivalent of one A Level (one year of study will give the opportunity to achieve a level 3 BTEC Certificate which is equivalent to one AS Level). These courses are supported by a range of local industries. You will spend a full extended afternoon (1.00pm - 5.00pm) at Coleg Menai, Bangor site. You will also need to spend some time studying each week using Coleg Menai’s online resources. Site visits and experience with major local employers will also be organised. Your school will arrange free transport to and from Coleg Menai. This course is a mix of practical and classroom tasks and you will get a chance to prepare and practise your skills before you are assessed so that you know and understand what you will have to do.

Entry requirements

You will need at least a C Grade in Mathematics at GCSE level.

Students will be required to wear suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whilst in the workshops, (eg safety boots and overalls) which will be provided by Coleg Menai, and also show a strong motivation to follow the course on the extended afternoon in Coleg Menai.


You will produce a coursework portfolio which will be assessed by your course tutor and the examination board.

Further information

A Distinction* grade in the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will give you 140 UCAS points.

What happens after this course?

At the end of this course here are some of the pathways available:-

  • Follow further Engineering qualification at level 3 at Coleg Menai, eg Level 3 BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma.
  • Follow a HND / HNC qualification in a related sector at Coleg Menai, eg HND Performing Engineering Operations.
  • Follow a modern degree course in Engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Brynrefail directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years