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Engineering BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Darlington College

Course description

This course is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of engineering sectors. They give you the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare you for both employment and progression to Higher Education. This course provides you with the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and attitudes that are essential for successful performance in both Higher Education and working life. The aim of the qualification is to provide qualified and motivated engineers and technicians with the education, training and expertise that will enhance your performance in employment. This enables progression on to Higher Education either part time or full time with the potential of leading to Incorporated or Chartered Engineer status, and hence supervisory/ managerial status in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Course content

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal lectures, set tutorial periods and, in certain subject areas, by laboratory or workshop classes to support many of the unit assessments

  • Health and Safety in the engineering workplace
  • Communications for technicians
  • Engineering project (double unit)
  • Mathematics for technicians
  • Mechanical principles and applications
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Engineering drawing for technicians
  • Engineering secondary/finishing processes
  • Principles and applications of electronic devices and circuits
  • Properties and applications of engineering materials
  • Computed Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Computer numerical control of machine tools (CNC)
  • Engineering design
  • Further mechanical principles and applications
  • Further electrical principles
  • Further mathematics
  • Applications of mechanical systems and technology

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including higher maths and English Language or an equivalent qualification (for example Scottish Standard Grade or International GCSE).

You will need to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels and successful completion will provide progression onto university, or a wide range of possible careers and Apprenticeships including Higher Apprenticeships. Progression can also lead onto a range of Engineering HNC courses at Darlington College and onto Degree programmes awarded by Teesside University. Former students have become, amongst others, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Design Engineers, Civil Engineers, Aerospace Engineers and Project Engineers working in a range of sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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