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Course Code: ENC

Level: 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: One day per week, 6.30pm to 8.30pm,

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About the course

This course is aimed at students looking to gain a level 3 A-level equivalent qualification whilst getting experience of both mechanical and electronic/electrical engineering.

The course is primarily theory based but does include a selection of practical elements to give you a broad overview of manufacturing machines and principles. Engineering covers a variety of roles involving the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely, as well as supporting them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas to give you a sound knowledge and understanding of core engineering principles across multiple career paths.

Developed in consultation with employers and academics, this course ensures you have the most effective pathway to employment or further study. The course is split into two years with students who complete both years receiving a qualification which is equivalent to three A-levels. Students who leave after the first year will do so with a nationally recognised qualification.

What you'll learn

The new BTEC syllabus is very exciting and is focused on key subject areas that will provide the student with knowledge in a broad range of principles.

Within your first year, you can study the following:

  • engineering principles
  • delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
  • engineering product design and manufacture
  • programmable logic controllers.

Within your second year, you can study the following:

  • applied commercial and quality principles in engineering
  • a specialist engineering project
  • calculus to solve engineering problems
  • electrical printed circuit board design and manufacture
  • maintenance of mechanical systems

Following this, you will either study digital analogue electrical systems or pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need five STEM GCSEs at grade 4 or above. This must include maths, English and science. Alternatively, a level 2 diploma in engineering or similar will be also considered. If you do not have the listed entry requirements, you will be considered on an individual basis.


Assessments are a mix of internal and external assignments with an external exam.

What's next?

The course offers opportunity for progression to both an advanced apprenticeship and higher education.

UCAS points awarded for this course will have a technical/scientific/mathematical bias and are generally welcomed as a basis across many subject specialisms in higher education.

The course also offers students opportunities in wider employment in both technical and non-technical disciplines including but not limited to careers or jobs which would normally require level 3 or A-level equivalency.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.