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Engineering Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

Engineering is a growth industry and is said to be a leading light for the UK and rest of the world. If you want to be part of a collective of professionals who will help change our world for the better, then this course is for you. This can mean you wish to progress into various fields such as Marine, Mechanical or Electronic Engineering.

This course can provide opportunities, whether it be seeking employment or going to university.

Course content

BTEC Level 3

Subjects include, but not are limited to:

  • Sustainable Engineering Solutions
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Application of Welding
  • Fabrication Processes and Technology (Composites)
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Principles and Applications of Thermodynamics


Engineering is a diverse subject; we aim to prepare you for the world of work or progression onto university. Some topics are essential such as health and safety, science and mathematics. However you will also be able to specialise doing topics such as welding, composites and drawing for engineers.

Entry requirements

BTEC Level 3

Students should have at least one of the following:

  • At least five GCSEs at grades A*-C including GCSE English, Mathematics and Science. In addition students should have at least one GCSE grade B in either Mathematics or Science.


  • A full Engineering Craft Skills at Level 2 with a Distinction profile and level 2 Literacy and Numeracy if GCSE grade is below C


You will attend college for around 4 days per week, each day is usually from 9.00am until 4.30pm.

We think it is best to give you a range of teaching methods, you will do some work in classrooms; however this is to give you the supporting theory so that you can apply it when you move into our practical workshops. The workshop areas are designed to ensure you know how to work in real engineering environments. You will be using equipment that is specialised, something that other students will only dream of using!

All units are internally assessed and graded by your tutors, so no need to worry about pinning all of your study on one 3 hours exam. Instead you are assessed continually so that you can improve yourself and ensure you will be the best candidate for anything you wish to do after the course, whether it be getting a job or going to university.

Future opportunities

This course is perfectly suited to someone who wishes to enter the field of engineering. We aim to prepare you to work in industry by utilising our Tutors knowledge and working with leading manufacturers and engineering companies who are both local and global.

We feel the right balance of theory and practical work will provide great opportunities in terms of employability or progression onto university, not forgetting you could achieve 420 UCAS points.

This is an advanced level course.  Achievement can attract 420 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 A levels).


Essential requirement are student’s ability, enthusiasm, initiative and drive to obtain a valuable qualification in order to progress an engineering Career. Academically a student must have obtained: 4 GSCE passes including Maths & English or successful completion & tutor recommendation from Level 2 course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2016
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