BTEC Extended Certificate Level 3

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Engineering, BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate AF-ENGN3T-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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Engineering has a hand in designing nearly everything you come into contact within 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, 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. 

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 Mathematics 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 you if you prefer coursework. This works well with A Levels as an additional subject.

On this Level 3 Extended Certificate, you will study:

  • Engineering Principles (examined)
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
  • Engineering Product Design & Manufacture (controlled assessment)
  • Fabrication Manufacturing processes

On this course, you will study highly specialist units and topics which will help you develop the skills you need to start or progress to a career in Engineering such as:

  • Gaining the ability to use tools and machines to manufacture components to a high standard
  • Using professional software to design and test electronic circuits as well as the practical measurement skills
  • 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 (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. HSDC Alton offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, presentations and group discussions. You will have access to the online and digital resources through the HSDC student portal (MyHSDC).

One third of the course is assessed by an external exam, one third by controlled assessment and the final third by ongoing assignments.

£29 for textbook, £25 for materials and resources.

This course can lead to a variety of routes, either to university, Higher/Degree apprenticeships or direct into industry to train in-house. It is a good addition to traditional academic A Levels.

We have a team of teachers with a wide range of industry experience.

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student