About.

The BTEC qualifications have been developed in the engineering sector to give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the mechanical/electrical engineering sector or to progress to higher qualifications with further study in other Engineering disciplines. The units will give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma – 60 credits

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level and offers a vocational programme for those already studying other GCE A Levels.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – 180 credits

The 180-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work-related focus of the BTEC Level 3 Diploma. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels. Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme.

Complementary Subjects.

The BTEC qualification gives a vocational bias for students and allows them to build their credit value over the course completing assignments. There is no terminal exam in this qualification. The BTEC qualification can also be used to support students considering a range of engineering paths at University.

Product Design Maths Physics

Career Pathways.

BTECs allow students to move on to higher education, to progress further in their career, to start their career in a certain industry or in some instances give them the skills to start their own business. They allow the student flexibility and choice in what they choose to do. Typically a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma will provide progression onto  BTEC HND/HNC, Foundation Degree, Bachelors Degree, NVQ or employment.

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Student Views.

The course lets you spread the work over the two years and I like the fact there is no exam at the end so I know if I have passed.

- Adam Zaman

I like the idea that the course is broken down into small chunks.

- Saul Tomlin

Assessment.

All units are internally assessed in the BTEC qualifications. All assessment for the BTEC qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes delivered and assessed within assignments for each unit chosen. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade will then be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:

Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting.

AS Module and Content
Assessment Method
Weighting
Mandatory
1 Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace (Subsidiary and Extended Diploma)
2 Communications for Engineering Technicians (Extended Diploma)
4 Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (Extended Diploma)
6 Electrical and Electronic Principles (Subsidiary and Extended Diploma)
Assignments
10 Credits each
Optional Units
35 Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits (SD & ED)
10 Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials (ED)
34 Electronic Circuit Design and Manufacture (ED)
17 Computer Aided Drafting (ED)
21 Secondary Finishing Processes (ED)
Assignments
10 Credits each
A2 Module and Content
Assessment Method
Weighting
Mandatory
3 Engineering Project (ED)
5 Mechanical Principles and Applications (ED)
10 Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials (SD & ED)
Assignments
sEngineering Project 20 Credits
Mechanical Principles 10 Credits
Optional Units Further Maths Route
8 Engineering Design (ED)
16 Engineering Drawing for Technicians (SD & ED)
20 Engineering Primary Forming Processes (ED)
15 Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems and Devices (ED)
28 Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (ED)
25 Selecting and Using Programmable Logic Controllers(ED)
Assignments
10 Credits each
(Total 180 Credits needed for Extended Diploma Qualification Year 2)
Optional Units Standard Route
8 Engineering Design (ED)
16 Engineering Drawing for Technicians (SD & ED)
20 Engineering Primary Forming Processes (ED)
15 Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems and Devices (ED)
26 Applications of Computer Numerical Control in Engineering (SD & ED)
25 Selecting and Using Programmable Logic Controllers (ED)
Assignments
10 Credits each
(Total 180 Credits needed for Extended Diploma Qualification Year 2)