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Engineering BTEC Level 3 at The Oxford Academy

Course description

As a student of the Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering you will learn the practical skills and knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems. Your learning will have a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas including electronic, mechanical and manufacturing.

Over the two year course you will study 15 units, three of which are externally assessed and cover an extensive range of topics. The seven mandatory units include:

  •  Engineering principles and mathematics
  •  Health and safety
  •  Team work
  •  Interpreting and creating computer aided engineering drawings
  •  Design and manufacture of products
  •  Microcontroller systems design and programming

Course content

Through the optional units, you will study a mix of electrical/electronic, mechanical and other engineering specialist areas. They could include:

  •  Electronic devices and circuits
  •  Electronic measurement and testing of circuits
  •  Programmable logic controllers and secondary machining processes
  •  Behaviour of metallic materials
  •  Maintenance of mechanical systems

There is a range of potential careers leading from a National Extended Diploma in Engineering:

  • Engineering Operative
  • Manufacturing Operative
  • Semi-Skilled Operative
  • Engineering Technician
  • Electronics Technician
  • IT Support Technician
  • Mechatronics Technician

Entry requirements

5 A*-D GCSE including English level 4 and Maths level 6

Future opportunities

This qualification also supports those following an apprenticeship in engineering who are looking to work and progress in the Engineering sector as an Engineering Technician or as an Engineering Operative. After this qualification, you could progress directly to technician roles, however, you may also do so via higher education study. This qualification allows you to access many courses in a variety of areas of the engineering sector, for example:

  •  Engineering
  •  Electronics Engineering
  •  Aerospace Engineering
  •  Design Engineering
  •  Aeronautical Engineering
  •  Computer Science
  •  Mathematics

Other courses that might interest you are A Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry or Level 3 Mathematical Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Oxford Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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