Course Title BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering/Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Level: 3
Code Y380

Overview of the Course

The Level 3 Diploma is a specialist qualification for those who wish to pursue a career or higher education route in Engineering with a focus on Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The course is designed to provide you with a good knowledge and understanding of Electrical and Electronic Engineering whilst developing the skills required to prepare you for employment or progression into Higher Education within the engineering sector. On completion of the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma there is the opportunity to study for the Level 3 Extended Diploma in year two, this is equivalent to three A Levels.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Electrical /Electronic Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Energy Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Systems Engineer

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum entry requirements are: Five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) including maths, English and science or a Level 2 Engineering qualification.

How long is the course and when can I start?

1-2 years starting in September

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

In year one, you will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, all assessed by coursework assignments: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace, Communications for Engineering Technicians, Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Mechanical Principles and Applications, Electrical and Electronic Principles, Engineering Drawing, Selecting and Using Programmable Logic Controllers, Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits, Electronic Measurement and Testing. Year two Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering units include: Engineering Project, Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Principles and Applications of Analogue Electronics, Construction and Applications of Digital Systems, Electronic Fault Finding, Principles and Operation of Three-Phase Systems, Further Electrical Principles and Principles and Applications of Microcontrollers.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

Engineers solve problems and design products using their knowledge of science, maths and technology. To be successful in engineering you need to have a curiosity and want to discover about the world around you and be creative with a desire to innovate and invent things. The engineering design process requires a lot of determination as new ideas are tested with many failing, so resilience and optimism are key personal attributes. It is essential for engineers to have a sound understanding of theory and how principles can be applied to the real world. Engineers usually work within multi-disciplinary teams and effective collaboration will drive projects forwards, so knowing how to listen to others and share ideas are key employability skills. English and communication skills are particularly important to engineers so they can present project proposals, updates and evaluations effectively. Technical reports will require clarity, integration of figures and statistical analysis so being able to write concisely and coherently to convey information to customers or colleagues is essential. Engineers also need to be able to communicate with colleagues at all levels in a professional manner, make presentations in meetings and respond appropriately to questions and feedback. Reading and interpreting technical reports and data is an everyday activity for many engineers and they must be able to identify, interpret and synthesise information and ideas. Calculations and problem solving are central to the engineering design process to ensure products are safe and are made from the most suitable materials; this involves working to high levels of accuracy with very fine tolerances and using complex formulas. Projects will be planned using data analysis to ensure successful outcomes, design will be optimised with computer-aided design (CAD) software and surveying equipment will be used to measure distances and height. To carry out all these calculations a good understanding of key mathematical concepts including algebra, statistics, probability, geometry and measure is required.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five-day work experience placement during term three. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills, make contacts and most importantly confirm your career goals. You will undertake placements with companies of all sizes, both local and regional. Recently successful work experience placements have taken place with the following employers: BAE Systems, Stagecoach, JST Fabrications, Kellogg’s, William Hare and DAS Engineering Services.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make excellent progress and acquire the skills required for successful transition and progression to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, employment, an apprenticeship or Higher Education. You will have the opportunity to take part in competitions such as the GMCG Skills Competition, fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course-related study visits, and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be additional costs for study visits which you are required to contribute to.


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