BTEC Level 3 National Ext Diploma in Engineering

  • Course type: BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma
  • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel



This course is being updated by the examination board so there will be some changes.

The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering including renewable energy, space, aerospace, creative industries, automotive and civil.

By 2020 the engineering sector is projected to have 2.74 million job opportunities.

The course allows learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for progression into a range of roles within the industry, using relevant software throughout the course.

At SFX students will gain a thorough grounding in engineering theory principles, putting these into practice through classroom experiments, industry visits and university partnerships.

The Project (Unit 3) integrates the knowledge and skills learners have gained throughout their programme of study into a major piece of work which could be a product, device or service.


  • Course units...

    Students can take one or two A levels alongside the Diploma in Engineering. For example:

    • BTEC Engineering and Chemistry A level – suitable for a career in Chemical Engineering
    • BTEC Engineering and Art – Graphics A level – suitable for a career in product design
    • BTEC Engineering and Business Studies A level – suitable for someone looking to start their own company or become a contractor
    • BTEC Engineering and a language A level – suitable for working or studying abroad
    • BTEC Engineering and Further Maths A level – required by the top universities


    Unit 1: Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace

    Unit 2: Communications for Engineering Technicians

    Unit 3: Engineering Project (worth double credits)

    Unit 4: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

    Unit 5: Mechanical Principles and Applications

    Unit 6: Electrical and Electronic Principles


    Students take a range of units, e.g. Engineering Materials, Photonics and Electrical Technology.

  • Course assessment....

    …is through written assignments, practical work, presentations and coursework which will be compiled into a portfolio to demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained on the course.

  • This course can lead to...

    A degree in many types of Engineering at most UK universities or employment in a related field.

    Foundation degrees and HNDs are also available, and there is a vast selection of apprenticeships on offer in the UK.

  • Course highlights...

    You will go on a number of trips to see Engineering in action, for example:
    • Thames Bridges
    • SELCHP powerstation
    • Mini car manufacture

  • Entry requirements...

    Programme Entry Requirements

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