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Electrical Engineering BTEC Subsidiary/Extended Diploma Level 3 at City College Plymouth

Course description

This study programme aims to prepare you for the world of work, particularly in electronics. The subsidiary diploma is a year long course containing core modules on basic engineering safety and electrical/electronic principles. It then goes on to provide you with skills in maths that will be used to help your understanding of electronic devices, measurement and test principles, and provides an insight into basic electrical machines. 

Course content

The subsidiary diploma includes:

  • health and safety in the engineering workplace
  • electrical principles
  • maths for engineering technicians
  • principles and applications of electronic devices
  • measurement and test
  • features and applications of electrical machines.

There is also a requirement to complete functional skills and an IT support unit.

For those continuing onto the extended diploma, another 12 units are studied including further maths and project modules.


Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.

Entry requirements

In our experience in order to be successful on this level of programme you will need one of the following:

  • four GCSEs at Grades A*-C (to include English and maths preferably at the higher tier and a grade C in science, or a level 2 diploma at merit grade)
  • an intermediate GNVQ in a related subject
  • a BTEC level 2 diploma in a related subject
  • an NVQ level 2/technical certificate in a related subject
  • successful completion of an Apprenticeship programme
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.


Individual in-class tests/exams may be required in some modules. There are exams in functional skills.

Future opportunities

On successful completion you may progress to:

  • an engineering-based foundation degree at the College
  • an Apprenticeship
  • a wide range of careers in the engineering industry.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Plymouth directly.

Last updated date: 26 February 2016

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