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Engineering Mechanical Level 3 Extended Diploma (Edexcel) at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

Engineering is the wide-ranging profession of applying scientific principles to the design and construction of various industrial and domestic products to benefit society and the environment. This is a theoretical and practical, work related course which continues on from the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. If you would like to acquire a greater understanding of the principles that help engineers and technicians to solve practical problems then this course will introduce you to the knowledge and skills required. This course attracts the same UCAS points for university entrance as 3 AS/A levels which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go on to higher education.


Course content

The first year of this course is called BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering and it combines both mechanical and electrical engineering. You will learn about electrical/electronic, manufacturing and mechanical engineering, gaining both practical and theoretical skills in a wide range of subjects, from engineering drawing, electronic devices and circuits to engineering product design and manufacture.

In the second year, you will study more specialised units such as fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. You will use a CAD system for your drawing work and make engineering products using workshop equipment. In the project unit you will be required to develop an idea from initial stages to the final solution.


The course is made up of 15 units (7 mandatory units, 8 optional units, 3 externally tested units:

Mandatory units

  • Engineering Principles
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safety as a Team
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
  • A specialist Engineering Project
  • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems

You will work both as an individual and as part of a group in workshops, laboratories and in theory classes. You will develop your understanding through a combination of theoretical and practical studies using machine tools, computers, electrical and mechanical measuring instruments.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English at grade 4 and Maths at grade 5 and Double Science at grade C


Level 2 Diploma at Distinction/Merit plus GCSE English at grade 4 and Maths at grade 5


The course is assessed through a combination of coursework activities, theoretical and practical assignments, assessment tests, case studies and external exams. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.


At the end of the first year you will have your progress reviewed to ascertain your suitability for completing the extended diploma course of your choice.

Financial information

Safety boots, clothing and materials will cost around £85. Drawing instruments and a scientific calculator will cost around £50. There are two books recommended which will cost approximately £25 each if you want to buy your own. However these are available in the library. There are also some day visits to industrial sites where you will need to pay your travel costs.

Future opportunities

The mechanical engineering course provides an entry route to engineering related degrees and HND/HNC diplomas such as in mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, product design and computer aided design. The electrical/electronic engineering course provides an entry route to engineering related degrees and HND/HNC diplomas such as in electrical, electronics, mechatronics, telecommunications, product design and computer aided design. This course provides an excellent basis for entry to a wide variety of employment opportunities in industry.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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