Head of Vocational Studies
Ms M Turrell


The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering is designed if you are interested in a career in the engineering sector and want to progress to further study in the sector. You will take a practical, applied engineering course as part of the programme which gives you an introduction to the sector. You will be able to combine this with other qualifications, such as an A Level in Mathematics or Physics, which would allow you to progress to higher education to study engineering or other STEM-related programmes.


Engineering covers a broad variety of roles and it involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely and support them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas. Students taking this qualification will study mandatory units covering:

• Engineering principles and mathematics.

• Health and safety, teamwork and creating computer-aided engineering drawings.

• Design and manufacture of products.

You will also study one of the optional units:

• Additive Manufacture.


The content of this qualification has been developed to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that it is appropriate for students planning to enter employment directly in the engineering sector. Progression is either to a larger size qualification at

Level 3 (e.g. BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering or other related subject (e.g. Computing). If completed alongside other programmes of study it will lead to courses in higher education. It is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses in a variety of areas of the engineering sector:

• BEng (Hons) in Engineering.

• BEng (Hons) in Electronics Engineering.

• BSc (Hons) in Computer Science.

• BSc (Hons) in Mathematics.


5 grade 4-9GCSE or equivalent.