Engineering Bridging Course

BTEC Level 3 Engineering Certificate

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Availability & Details

Engineering Bridging Course SP-ENBRNO-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2018-19 (1 year)

Examination board


This course is ideal for students who have industrial engineering experience, but have had a break from formal academic study. The course aim is to provide students with the necessary study skills in order to gain access to a HNC Engineering qualification. This will be based on successful completion of the bridging course ideally to Merit or Distinction level, or at the discretion of the HNC course manager. Students should be able to attend College on a half day release basis for 33 weeks.

Ideally students should possess four GCSE passes at a minimum of 4/C Grade in Mathematics, English, Science and other appropriate subject. Or satisfactory completion of a BTEC level 2 qualification to Merit standard or above.

Applicants not possessing the above qualifications who have have substantial appropriate industrial experience and/or equivalent experience will also be considered.

The College also offers several maths and English courses at various levels making this course suited to Access students.

The course is delivered over one years on a part time half day release basis for a duration of 33 weeks. Four units are studied in year one:

The qualification is awarded on successful competition of all Units of Study shown below:

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering workplace
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles


The course includes use of modern industry standard software, equipment and use of analysis tools. A Fundamental study of Mechanical & Electrical and Electronic principles links with the Mathematics unit to promote a more applied approach to your study skills. The addition of the Health and Safety unit allows for the correct framework of subjects to achieve a formal qualification.

All units are taught within our specialist teaching rooms. Each unit is delivered by our experienced lecturers using a variety of teaching methods. Classes are informal and incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods e.g. discussion, lectures, group work, practical sessions. Attendance is compulsory.

The exciting use of industry standard technology is embedded throughout the course equipping you with skills that are recognised within the engineering sector. Students are also given help and advice on applying for Higher Education.


Assessment is made through completion of assignment based activities, essays, course work, independent study and research, practical work and class based tests.

In order to achieve an overall pass, students must achieve 60 credits of which at least 45 must be at Level 3 and up to 15 at Level 2. All Level 3 credits will be graded at Pass/Merit or Distinction.

The College works closely with local companies in many engineering sectors to design courses to suit their individual needs. The College is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

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