The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering is a vocational course designed for students considering a career in any branch of Engineering. During the course you will gain knowledge and skills which will prepare you for a career, or further study, in the Engineering sector.  The BTEC Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels.

Most sessions will be taught in the Eastburn Building – our Engineering, Training and Skills Centre – which hosts CADCAM facilities and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. Although not necessary, a GCSE qualification in Physics would be advantageous due to the demands in some units.


> Unit 1: Engineering Principles
> Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
> Unit 3: Engineering, Product Design and Manufacture
> Unit 4: Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
> Unit 5: A Specialist Engineering Project
> Unit 9: Work Experience in the Engineering Sector
> Unit 10: Computer Aided Design in Engineering
> Unit 25: Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
> Unit 41: Manufacturing Secondary Machining Proccesses


How am I assessed? A combination of internally and externally assessed coursework, which may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects and teacher observations. Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further. For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. As this qualification is equivalent to two A Levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade.

Future Paths

This course is good preparation for anyone wishing to go into employment, or to higher education in the engineering field. Local companies sometimes contact the school to help them recruit staff, and sometimes the work experience placement results in the offer of full-time employment at the end of the course. Our previous students have gone on to a wide variety of courses and apprenticeships.

  • Further Education
    With a qualification in Engineering, you could progress to university.
    Potential courses include:
    > Art and Design
    > Design and Technology
    > General Studies
    > Mathematics
    > Physics

  • Careers
    Potential careers you can go into with an Engineering qualification include:
    > Aerospace Engineering
    > Civil Engineering
    > Nuclear Engineering
    > Teaching
    > Welding