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Engineering Extended Diploma BTEC Level 3 at West Lancashire College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering gives learners the opportunity to enter employment in the mechanical engineering sectoror to progress to vocational qualifications such as the BTEC Higher Nationals in MechanicalEngineering.

This qualification give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Course content

Seventeen units will be studied over two years, comprising of compulsory core units and specialist units.

Core units:

- Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
- Mathematics for Technicians
- Electrical and Electronic Principles
- Mechanical Principles
- Communications
- Engineering Project

Specialist Units:
- Welding Principles
- Welding technology
- Fabrication Technology
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Drawing for Technicians
- Computer Aided Drafting
- CNC Machining
- Computer Aided Manufacture
- Electrical Technology
- Electrical Installation- Electronic Circuit Manufacture

Please note: the above units are liable to change. Optional units can be added.


Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

From September 2015:

Theory Classes will take place at Main Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 6DX

Practical Classes will take place at West Lancashire Construction Academy, Gillibrands, Skelmersdale, WN8 9JP

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, (including English, maths and science); or a First Diploma in a related subject or other appropriate Level 2 qualification. 

Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and we will be looking for an appropriate standard of English and maths. We are interested in your enthusiasm and commitment to succeed.


All units are assessed by internally set assignments.

Future opportunities

The course course provides an entry route to engineering related degrees and HND/HNC diplomas.

With further study successful students may gain employment in mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, product design and computer aided design. This course provides an excellent basis for entry to a wide variety of employment opportunities in industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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