Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing - BTEC Extended Diploma - Level 3

The course will prepare you to study at degree or HND level or you could gain full time employment in the sector. This course is particularly suited to students who want to follow a career in the design and maintenance of electrical, electronic, mechanical or computerised equipment. Students have progressed to leading universities, studying Mechanical, Civil and Electronic Engineering. Alternatively you can progress onto advanced apprenticeships.

The skills acquired are transferable and will enable you to enter a diverse range of careers and employment. This course combines an academic background with a strong practical content and is ideal if you have a keen interest in the theory and application of engineering. You will undertake projects and assessments that are based on realistic work place situations.

The programme also includes studying Maths and English towards GCSE grade A*-C (new grading system: 9-4) if you do not already have these grades.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study 17 modules which include six core modules:

  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Mechanical principles and applications
  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Health and safety
  • An engineering project

You will also study 11 specialist modules, which include:

  • Precision engineering
  • Electronic devices and circuits
  • Commercial aspects
  • Computer aided drafting
  • Fabrication processes and technology

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4) or above


  • A relevant Level 2 qualification


  • Industry related experience

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Maritime Engineer
  • Operation Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician
  • Self Employment

What qualification will I gain?

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering Level 3.

Start date



2 years (with the option of completing a 90 credit qualification after 1 year).

Where will I be based?

The Pembroke Centre, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18

Aged 19+
There may be fees associated with this course. You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)
You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Additional Information

You are expected to supply your own pen, pencil, scale ruler, calculator, eraser, steel toe capped boots and overalls.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:16

Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

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