Level 3 Engineering

Course Details

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including either Maths or English, plus Science, or a Level 2 Diploma and Level 2 Maths or English and Science. Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

On this course you will study a variety of engineering topics such as engineering design, fabrication processes and mathematics for engineers. You will choose study topics from a selection of modules including Robot Technology, Mechanical Principles and CAD/CAM Programming. Engineering is a fast moving, innovative industry and Pennine Lancashire has a strong heritage of engineering excellence. We have fantastic links with local businesses and ensure that our equipment is kept up-to-date with the relevant industry standards.


Year 1
• Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
• Unit 2: Communications for Engineering Technicians
• Unit 4: Maths for Engineering Technicians
• Unit 5: Mechanical Principles and Applications
• Unit 8: Engineering Design
• Unit 10: Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
• Unit 16: Engineering Drawing for Technicians
• Unit 26: Applications of Computer Numerical Control in Engineering
• Unit 30: Setting and Proving Secondary Processing Machines
Year 2
• Unit 3: Engineering Project
• Unit 12: Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
• Unit 13: Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics
• Unit 17: Computer Aided Drafting in Engineering
• Unit 19: Mechanical Measurement and Inspection Techniques
• Unit 28: Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
• Unit 31: Computer Aided Manufacturing
• Unit 32: Industrial Robot Technology Industrial Robot Technology

All units are internally assessed.

Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria and a summative unit grade is then awarded at pass, merit or distinction.

As an Engineering student at Nelson and Colne College you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities to enhance your learning experience such as trips and visits to local and national businesses, fundraising and charity events, visits to universities and at the end of the year you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your skills in our Engineering Showcase, “Engineering the Future.”

The College has recently benefited from a new £2million Engineering facility which includes a unique subsonic wind tunnel, fully equipped workshops with the latest rapid prototype technology and software, and CNC machinery. The site also includes an innovation laboratory and a 3D printing and manufacturing area.

With continued partnership work with local employers, training partners and broader networks, the new facility will offer enhanced skills development for young people in the area, supporting the future workforce of tomorrow.

Students are required to purchase a uniform and Engineering kit. The kit includes polo tops with College logo, workshop overall, safety boots, safety glasses, scientific calculator and Engineering drawing equipment. All of these can be purchased through the Engineering department at the College.

Former students are studying at a number of top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield and Aston University to study exciting degree programmes such as Industrial Product Design, Electronic Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering (with Pilot License) and Civil Engineering.

They later go on to achieve outstanding careers in all areas of Engineering and many students apply for one of our Apprenticeships with top local companies.

Meet Amy Crawshaw 


Amy achieved a Triple Distinction* in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering.  After leaving College Amy began studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds.

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