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Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

A BTEC First Extended Certificate is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities. It introduces the learner to the employment area of engineering and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

You will study about materials and their appropriate manufacturing techniques, science and mathematics which underpin engineering and modern methods of designing and manufacturing. The work is based in the workshop and will involve learning how to use all the machines safely to produce small products.

A BTEC First Certificate is equivalent to one GCE AS Level. At the end of the course and with further training or study, students may progress into careers in the Engineering industry including: Technician, Electrician, Mechanic, Electrical Installation.

QAN Code: 500/8156/1

Course content

This Engineering course consists of two core units plus specialist units that provide for a combined total of 360 guided learning hours (GLH) over two years for the completed qualification. In total, students will be completing 3 Units in the first year with a further 3 Units in the second year.

First year:

  • Unit 1: Health and safety in the Engineering workplace
  • Unit 16: Engineering Drawing Techniques
  • Unit 21: Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques and Processes

Second year:

  • Unit 5: Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Unit 10: Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials.
  • Unit 2: Fabrication Processes and Technology

Entry requirements

You should have the interest and potential to succeed in achieving the qualification and ideally be able to show you have a standard of literacy, numeracy and general education equivalent to four GCSEs graded A-C, including 2 A-C in science.


This is a course which is entirely assessment based – there are no final examinations. Students will be assessed throughout the course and complete elements of the units as part of the ongoing school and home works.

Assessment for all the Units will be paper based with supporting practical tasks which reflect the experiences as well as skills learned. There will be some ICT outcomes – particularly when dealing with CAD / CAM, in addition to written reports on non traditional machining techniques and practices.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Douglass School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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