This course provides an attractive alternative to the traditional ’A’ level for students who prefer to have more practical element. The fundamental philosophy of this course is that you actively experience the engineering environment. BTEC L3 National Certificate is equivalent to ½ A-Level. It can be converted into a BTEC L3 Extended Certificate in Engineering in Year 2, which is equivalent to a full A Level.
The College has made substantial investments in Engineering; we have some of the latest software and equipment specific to Engineering. The course is run by highly trained and qualified teachers with a proven track record of high achievement at all levels.
What units/topics will be studied?
BTEC L3 National Certificate consists of TWO units while BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate consist of FOUR units including:
Year 1: BTEC L3 Certificate - Year 1
• Engineering Principles (Written examination set and marked externally by Pearson)
• Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team (Set and marked internally by the department)
Year 2: BTEC L3 Extended Certificate – Year 2
• Engineering Product Design and Manufacture (Written examination set and marked externally by Pearson)
• Electronic Devices and Circuits (Set and marked internally by the department)
What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?
GCSE in Electronics or Engineering will help you to be better prepared but it is not a requirement. Investing good time in GCSE Science generally and Physics more specifically will be the best thing you could do to prepare yourself well for this course.
What do I need to study this subject?
• At least FIVE GCSEs grades A* - C including including the new grade ‘6’ in Maths and ‘5’ in English.
• You will need to be well motivated and committed to attending classes and completing all coursework on time.
Where can this lead me?
BTEC L3 National Certificate in Engineering is equivalent to ½ A-Level.
BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering is equivalent to one ‘A’ Level. They carry weighting towards your UCAS points when applying to university.
Entry Requirements At least 5 GCSEs grades A* - C including the new grade ‘6’ in Maths and ‘5’ in English