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Engineering - Fast Track to Degree


Take your engineering skills to the next level with this Level 3 Extended Certificate. Designed for adults aged 19 and over, this course develops knowledge of experimental and practical engineering techniques to prepare you for degree-level education. There is a strong focus on employability as we aim to equip you with the skills to apply your knowledge and understanding to the workplace.

There will be plenty of opportunities to identify and solve problems as well as communicate your arguments and analysis in a range of ways to different audiences. Successful completion of the course will allow you to progress to diploma, and ultimately, degree level.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
04 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
1 Year

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Completion of this course will allow you to progress onto our HNC or Degree Programme subject to an interview.

Key information

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however experience in Engineering industry is beneficial. Enrolment will be subject to an interview with the Programme Leader.

Qualification obtained

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering

Fees and funding

Read our tuition fees guide.

Extra costs and equipment

The resources you will need to buy can be found online, or at a local supplier with a likely cost of no more than £50:

  • Steel Toe Boots
  • Overalls
  • Safety Glasses
  • Casio Calculator
  • Stationery

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Pearson

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Core modules for this course include:

Unit 1 - Engineering Principles
You will learn Mechanical, Electrical and Maths principles which are contextualised within Engineering. This unit is assessed through an external BTEC exam sat in June.

Unit 2 - Working safely in a team to deliver Engineering products
Within this unit you will learn a range of 2D CAD skill, creating Engineering drawings which are then used to learn and manufacture a product within the Engineering workshops.

Unit 3 - Engineering Design
This is another externally assessed unit in the form of an exam, where you will be given a product which requires design improvements. You will have to apply a range of knowledge and skills learnt to redesign a product which meets the given design specification.

Unit 10 - 3D CAD
This unit builds on your knowledge from Unit 2, to create 3D CAD models. You will learn 3D CAD Principles, and apply them to create a range of models.

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

No Industry Placement required.

How will I learn?

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, which emphasise the link between knowledge and application. These might include lectures, demonstrations, practical investigations, seminars, workshops, tutorials, group and individual project work, supervised independent learning, open and resource-based learning, and online learning.

Teaching and learning will also take the form of large and small groups, with a blend of tutor-led, student-led and independent learning sessions. This provides a motivating, supportive learning experience which enables everyone to achieve their potential

Each module is delivered over a maximum of 60 hours of lessons, divided between theory and practical work appropriate to that module's content. Typically, each taught hour should be accompanied by an hour of independent study.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

During each module you will undertake a range of assignments, and in 2 of the 4 modules (as detailed above) controlled exams, all designed to assess your skills, experience and knowledge.

Assignments will consist of practical-based studies, research, written assignments, and individual and group presentations.