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Aeronautical or Electrical and Electronic or Mechanical Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Bedford College

Course description

This qualification has been developed with local employers to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to gain confidence in engineering. In your first year you will study for an Engineering BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma, before specialising in mechanical, electrical/electronic, or aeronautical engineering in your second year.

Course content

The 90-credit Diploma in Engineering is broadly equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels and is a mixture of theoretical and practical units.

During the course you will study the following units:

  • Health and safety in the engineering workplace
  • Mathematics for engineering technicians
  • Mechanical principles and applications
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Properties and application of engineering materials
  • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems and devices
  • Engineering drawing for technicians
  • Fabrication processes and technology
  • Principles and applications of electronic devices and circuits
  • Electronic measurement and testing.


You will also develop your practical skills throughout the course.

Entry requirements

To start the course you will need four GCSEs at grades A*-C including English, Mathematics and Science (Maths must have been studied at the higher tier rather than the foundation tier).


Units will be assessed using written assignments and/or practical work.

Future opportunities

To progress on to the second year of study you will need to successfully complete all of the qualifications studies in the first year. On successful completion of the main qualification you will be awarded the Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma. In the second year you can top up the 90-credit diploma to a specialist diploma, choosing an Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with a mechanical bias or an electrical and electronic bias; or alternatively an Aeronautical Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma. Successful completion of the second year will allow you to look for work in the engineering industry or progress to university.

Further information

Towards the end of the first year you will be asked to choose one of three options for your second year of study:

  • Top-up to an Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Electrical & Electronic bias) while studying additional practical skills
  • Top-up to an Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Mechanical bias) while studying additional practical skills.
  • Complete an Aeronautical Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma.


If you select either Option 1 or Option 2 you will study a further nine units. Five of these units will be common to both electrical and electronic engineering, and mechanical engineering; the other four units will be specialist units depending on your chosen area. Following successful completion of year one and two you will be awarded the Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (which is equivalent to three A-Levels).

If you select Option 3 you will study 12 units, all with an aeronautical engineering focus. On successful completion you will be awarded the Aeronautical Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma – this is broadly equivalent to two A-Levels. In addition you will have been awarded the Engineering 90-credit diploma, so you should complete the second year with the equivalent of 3.5 A-Levels.

If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free. However, there are additional costs associated with some courses. To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of approximately £30 for required clothing/uniform and £38.50 for personal protective equipment. You will need to spend £25 to attend trips that will complement your course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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