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Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Engineering

This advanced course strengthens the knowledge and skills gained at level 2, covering everything from mathematics for engineers, mechanical systems and electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems to engineering drawing, maintenance and production systems design.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

For those aged 16 - 18, this course starts in September and will take two years to complete.

If you are an adult student, aged 19 or over, you will attend college in a part-time, day release capacity, one day per week from 9.00am - 7.30pm.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following:

  • Engineering principles
  • Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
  • Engineering product design and manufacture
  • Applied commercial and quality principles in engineering
  • A specialist engineering project

The below units are optional:

  • Further engineering mathematics
  • Computer aided design
  • Electrical installation of hardware and cables
  • Maintenance of mechanical systems
  • Mechanical behaviour of metallic materials

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by internally set tests and assignments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including maths and science.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

However, if you are 19+, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon completion of this course, you could continue with your studies by progressing on to the engineering HNC/HND at University Centre St Helens.

Alternatively, you may want to look for work in the industry within engineering or could even progress onto a higher apprenticeship and earn while you learn.

Ref: Dave Percy


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Beng (Hons)
Electrical Engineering
Fabrication and Welding
Mechanical Engineering
Short Courses

Why study Engineering with us?


Excellent facilities and workshops at a purpose built technology centre, which reflect real, working environment.


You will be taught by highly qualified staff with industry experience.

Breadth of courses

We have a range of courses in a variety of engineering disciplines at all levels.

Industry links

We have links with international companies and organisations.

Employment opportunities

Engineering and technology are areas that continue to be in demand.


With the skills and experience gained from our courses and the support from tutors, many of students have successfully secured a variety of engineering positions.