Engineering, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Engineering has a hand in designing nearly everything you come into contact with in your daily lives; homes, cars, computers, mobile phones and game consoles. This course will allow you to develop an understanding of engineering disciplines including how mechanical and electronic systems work, fabrication, machining and health & safety in the workplace. Your lessons will take place in the Sonardyne Centre, our well-equipped Engineering building. You will spend much of your time in the classrooms learning basic principles and using Computer Aided Design (CAD) but you will also enjoy taking some of your lessons in the engineering workshop where you will learn a range of practical engineering processes and skills.

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Engineering, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma AF-ENGN3E-D(0000)000

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. It is essential that you have gained at least grade 4 or above in both Maths and Science GCSE. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

The course consists of seven mandatory units:

  • Engineering Principles (Examined)
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
  • Engineering Product Design & Manufacture (Controlled Assessment)
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • A Specialist Engineering Project
  • Microcontroller Systems for Engineers (Controlled Assessment)
  • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems 

You can also choose nine from the following as the optional part of the course:

  • Further Engineering Mathematics
  • Computer Aided Design in Engineering
  • Welding Technology
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Analogue Electronic Circuits
  • Fabrication Manufacturing processes
  • Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes
  • Engineering Maintenance
  • Work Experience in the Engineering Sector
  • Static Mechanical Principles
  • Dynamic Mechanical Principles 

You will also access some highly specialist units and topics which will help you develop the skills you need to start or progress to a career in Engineering:

  • Gaining the ability to use tools and machines to manufacture components to a high standard
  • Learning and using computer aided design and manufacturing resources to visualise, test and ultimately manufacture parts
  • Using professional software to design and test electronic circuits
  • Learning about industrial practices and the influences of business in engineering
  • Learning how to design outcomes to have a reduced impact on the environment
  • Planning, organising and reviewing your work on an ongoing basis.

Your lessons will take place in the Sonardyne Centre at the Alton Campus, our well-equipped Engineering building. We have two workshops to deliver the practical mechanical aspects, equipped with traditional and automatic machines. We also have an Electronics laboratory to learn the skills required in testing and measuring including industry standard simulation software. We have well-equipped CAD classrooms again with industry standard software. You will spend much of your time in the classrooms learning basic principles and using Computer Aided Design but you will also enjoy taking some of your lessons in the engineering workshop where you will learn a range of practical engineering processes and skills. HSDC offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, presentations and group discussions. You will have access to online and digital resources through the HSDC student portal (MyHSDC).

Most of the units on the course are assessed on assignments during the course of the two years. With the rest of the units, 11% is assessed as an external exam and 22% as controlled assessments.

100% Cotton overalls and safety footwear, £29 for textbook and £45 for materials and resources.

The course can lead to variety of routes, either to University, Higher/Degree apprenticeships or direct into industry to train in-house in an Engineering setting.

We have a team of teachers with a wide range of industry experience. You will also go out on work placement to gain the necessary industrial experience and insight. 

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