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Manufacturing Engineering BTEC Diploma level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme. With a national shortage of qualified engineers the government have identified engineering as a priority area for the UK. This course is for learners seeking a career in the fields of manufacturing, production/design and mechanical engineering. Covering a wide range of related topic areas, this course provides learners with the theory, knowledge and skills to enter a career in the engineering industry.

Course content

As a more vocational route for learners than traditional A levels, learners will be engaged in a range of specialist subjects aimed at learners who have decided to get hands-on, relevant, practical and applied theory in their training, whilst obtaining a level 3 qualification. In year one subjects studied include engineering design, mechanical principles, computer aided design, pneumatics and hydraulics, materials science, engineering mathematics, electrical principles, health and safety and business studies. In year two learners will undertake a major project in which they will apply learning from other topics, further mechanical principles, programmable logic controllers, computer numerical control, circuit design and further mathematics.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. Four GCSEs in English, maths, a science based subject and one other subject at grade 4 (C) or above is required. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


You will complete a range of written and practical assignments, presentations, and in-class controlled assessments.

Financial information

Material fee £150.00. You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops which should consist of black work boots, plain navy work wear combat trousers, a navy polo shirt and a navy sweatshirt for colder days. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

Future opportunities

Having successfully gained the level 3 qualification you will be able to apply for higher level study on related university degree level courses or to the level 4 HNC with Leicester College. You will be able to apply for employment within the fields of manufacture, production, design, mechanical engineering and maintenance at technician or trainee engineer level.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 28 September 2018
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