Course Title Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Engineering (A Level)
Level: 3
Code MS067

Overview of the Course

This is a specialist qualification which can be studied alongside AS Level Mathematcis and Physics for those who wish to pursue a career in Engineering. You will study this qualification as part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme to provide a progression pathway which develops a set of specialist skills and competences required for working in the Engineering sector. A significant proportion of recruitment in the Engineering sector is at graduate level and this course will allow progression to a range of Degree and HNC/HND programmes and also Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. On completion of the certificate course there is the opportunity to study for the subsidiary diploma in year two which is equivalent to one A Level.

What are the career opportunities?

Engineering career opportunities increasingly focus on working with innovative technology and are exceptionally diverse. Roles exist in research, design, simulation, testing and production and there are many sectors to choose from, including aerospace, renewables, automotive, mechanical and space.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher. In addition to these entry requirements, you must have two separate Sciences including Physics grades 9-6 (A*-B) and two other GCSEs grade 9-5 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the qualification.

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

You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, all assessed by coursework assignments. These include: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace, Engineering Drawing for Technicians and Applications of Computer Numerical Control.

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. It is essential for engineers to have a sound understanding of theory and how principles can be applied to the real world. English and communication skills are particularly important to engineers so they can present project proposals, updates and evaluations effectively. 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 two. 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, 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 Subsidiary Diploma, higher education or an apprenticeship. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course-related study visits, including a STEM aasterclass and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be additional costs for study visits.

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