Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering


Who is the course for?


Students who have a strong interest in engineering and are looking to work in the engineering industry or go on to study it at a higher level.


What do you need to apply for the course?


You must have studied Engineering or Product Design (GCSE D&T) in Year 11.

You will need to be working at or above Grade 5 in GCSE Maths due to the mats equations and understanding needed for the written exam.


What are the key things you'll learn?


• engineering principles and mathematics 

• health and safety, team work and interpreting and creating computer-aided engineering 

• drawings 

• design and manufacture of products.  

You will also learn employability skills such as

• cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology 

• intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation 

• interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.  


How will you be assessed?


The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Engineering suite are: 

• examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome 

• set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.


Unit 1 Engineering Principles with Engineering Maths - written exam, 2 hours

Unit 2 Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team - assignment task

Unit 3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture - task in supervised conditions, 3 hour preparation time plus 8 hours completing the task over two weeks

Unit 4 (subject to adjustment) Computer Aided Design in Engineering - assignment task


This qualification provides a broad basis of study for the engineering sector. It has been designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.  

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