This professional qualification is for those working in, or wishing to work within, mechanical engineering. It is a day-release course over two years which provides a nationally-recognised qualification that offers career progression for those already in employment. The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required by the sector with national recognition by employers.
At Level 3 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the engineering sector through five core units, including two externally assessed exams.
The core units are:
Unit 1: Engineering Principles Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team Unit 3: Product Design & Manufacture Unit 5: Specialist Engineering Project Unit 4: Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
The Level 3 Higher National Certificate in Engineering offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experience through the specialist units in electronic/mechanical pathway. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for more intense subject specialisation at Level 4.
Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace activities.
Five GCSE at grade 4 (C) and above as part of the entry requirements.
Prior knowledge of Engineering would be advantageous but not essential. Good level of English, Maths and Science.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering
Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: External Internal Synoptic
There will be an element of self-study to include research on a number of different topics associated with your units of study. Approximately four hours of self-study each week are recommended to sit this course.
Work placement is not included on this programme.
Newbury College offers a variety of higher education courses, including Higher National Certificates in Electrical and Electronic or Mechanical Engineering. The BTEC Nationals attract UCAS points. Please go to the UCAS website for full details of the points allocated.
Fees and Additional Costs
If you are over 18 there will be a registration fee of £180.00 if you have not previously registered with the exam board. Additional costs may include an awarding body registration fee.