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Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Cheshire College

Course description

A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is a work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you develop the skills you need to start or progress a career. Valued by employers and universities, they offer a clear route into employment or higher education. It is equivalent to three A-Levels.

Course content

A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is a work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you develop the skills you need to start or progress a career. Valued by employers and universities, they offer a clear route into employment or higher education. It is equivalent to three A-Levels. The course is made up of 17 units - six core units, which are mandatory and eleven optional units. The optional units enable you to study particular areas in depth and there is opportunity to follow a clear career pathway in Engineering.

Mandatory units:

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

Optional Units:

  • Commercial Aspects of Engineering Organisations
  • Principles and Applications of Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Drawing for Technicians  
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Primary Forming Processes
  • Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques and Processes
  • Selecting and Using Programmable and Logic Controllers
  • Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Principles and Applications of Analogue Electronics
  • Construction and Applications of Digital Systems
  • Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.

Within the course, there is also an opportunity to participate in the UK Career Academy, which will give you great opportunities to visit and work with employers, providing you with that first step on the ladder to work.

Entry requirements

For the Extended Diploma (2 years) you will need a minimum of: 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy), or a Level 2 Diploma (Merit) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Merit) + 4 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade C in GCSE Maths. For the Subsidiary Diploma (1 year) you will need a minimum of: 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy), or a Level 2 Diploma (Pass) + 2 GCSE grade A*-C, or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Pass) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade D in GCSE Maths.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course, students can progress onto the Foundation Degree in Engineering course or a Graduate programme at university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.