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Engineering BTEC Level 3 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Engineering?

Our Level 3 course allows you to build knowledge and skills to become our professionals of the future, quipping you for both university and employment. You will learn how to apply Maths and Physics in an engineering environment. In the second year of study students will progress to the new multi-million pound professional Engineering and Science Centre at our Euxton Lane campus where you will develop your skills and knowledge to a higher level ready for your future progression into employment or higher study.

Students have previously enjoyed guest speakers from the armed forces and local engineering companies, such as Rolls Royce. There is a residential ski trip to Italy whilst others have experienced track days at motor racing shows, team building, end of term trips to Alton Towers and paintballing.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 90% of students achieving high grades.

What will I study?

In Year 1, staff prepare students for progression in their chosen pathway, as in Year 2, students choose their own route into either Higher Education (Academic route) or employment (Vocational route). Students are well equipped to make informed decisions for their future and with combined applied and academic study in a supportive environment, our students thrive. All students also receive excellent pastoral support throughout their time at college.

You will learn about materials, electronics and designing engineering products. There will also be a small number of practical activities but the emphasis is on underpinning theory.

Units include topics such as:

  • Maths
  • Mechanical principles
  • Engineering materials
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Design

Entry requirements

For access to our Advanced Vocational courses, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 4 equivalent (5 x Grade 4 or C). This should include Maths or English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, and no less than a 3 in the other.

For Engineering specifically, this should include Grade 4 in Maths AND Grade 4 in Science.


How is the course assessed?

There will be a considerable amount of written and calculated work or practical investigation. Some assessments will take the form of a report or presentation. A small amount of work will be the fabrication of a product or the creation of a drawing.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

Students from this course have progressed into careers with a variety of companies including Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Leyland Trucks, and the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Equally, many of our students choose to study to a higher level on our own university courses such as Mechanical Engineering or Computer Aided Engineering, or Engineering at:

  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • Leeds
  • Loughborough

Where are you going?

  • Armed Forces
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer

Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: LVEDENG

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