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BTEC Engineering

Course Information

Title: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
(equivalent to two A Levels)

Type: Vocational

Entry Requirements: Standard entry requirements plus a 5 or above in GCSE mathematics is advised

Course Length: 2 Years

Curriculum Outline: Key Stage 5


Engineering covers a wide range of disciplines - anything from rockets to mobile phones and even hip replacements! Engineering is not just about 'fixing things' it is about understanding how, and why things work. Engineers are involved in all aspects of designing, building and testing new technologies and products. Creativity and problem solving are at the heart of every engineering industry.

At Macmillan the department is well equipped having:

  • A machine room with lathes, milling machine and shaping machine
  • A sheet metal work room with industrial size guillotine, box bender and rollers. This room also contains materials testing equipment including a state of the art tensile tester.
  • A wide range of welding equipment including oxy-acetylene, MIG, TIG and spot welder
  • The department also has its own ICT suite where all computers have Auto-CAD installed on them
As well as classroom teaching and workshop practicals, the course is enhanced with a variety of industrial visits where students will see engineering taking place in the "real world". The department has a long history of students gaining employment locally and further afield in the engineering sector.

The course are suitable for students who wish to progress on to either an apprenticeship or university. In the case of the Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma, additional A Levels would be required for university entrance.

What will I study

This 2 year course consists of 10 units:

  • Unit 1: Engineering Principles
  • Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
  • Unit 3: Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
  • Unit 4: Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • Unit 5: A Specialist Engineering Product
  • Unit 10: Computer Aided Design in Engineering
  • Unit 19: Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Unit 22: Electronic Printed Circuit Board Design and Manufacture
  • Unit 26: Mechanical Behaviour of Non-Metallic Materials
  • Unit 44: Fabrication Manufacturing Processes

How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of 10 units. Most of which are assessed internally throughout the two years through assignments. Two of the units are assessed through examinations in Year 13.

Where can BTEC engineering lead?

A BTEC in engineering can lead to the following careers::

  • Service Engineer
  • Aircraft fitter
  • Maintenance technician
  • Industrial engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer engineer
and many more.

What Students Say:

"I enjoyed the practical element of BTEC Engineering and the staff are very supportive."

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