BTEC Level 3 Engineering Subsidiary Diploma


The aim of this course is to equip students with not only the basic, fundamental skills of engineering, but also a wide spread opportunity to explore other areas of engineering that will help their future career. The course entails a range of theory and practical work, giving students the best of both worlds. This will prepare students for higher education, apprenticeships
or careers in this area of engineering. This course is not designed for engineering in one particular area. This engineering course incorporates all areas of engineering in one, to give you that extra knowledge and confidence, ahead of others.

There will always be a demand for skilled engineers in many diff erent fi elds; some of which are brand new, emerging areas while others have existed for 500 years. As society develops and improves, engineers are called upon to make these changes to create a better, sustainable world to live in. Deciding to study engineering is a personal choice that only you can make; so what are the three best reasons why you should choose engineering?
1 – Engineering is the ultimate field for challenge and creativity – Engineers work on exciting projects and influence how our world changes and improves. The amazing structures, vehicles and discoveries in modern society have been influenced and created by engineers in some capacity. If you are curious about how things work and have a keen mind for applying what you learn to solve real world problems, engineering is the perfect avenue for your talents.
2 – Learn Skills You Can Apply Anywhere – The skills that you develop as an engineer are incredibly valuable and highly sought after. People will turn to you to help solve problems for them. The ability to provide practical solutions to problems is crucial and will give you great confidence when faced with any challenge or obstacle. You will develop an understanding of the
feasibility of a project from a financial and practical perspective. You also learn how to manage your time effectively, work as a part of a team and develop into a true leader. These skills can be applied to any area of your life. For example, a significant number of the workers in key management positions (such as CEOs) of large, international companies are mechanical
3 – Great Rewards and Opportunities – As an engineer you will rank amongst the highest paid professions in the world, even as a graduate. Your unique, universal skill set will enable you to work in almost any country in the world (and beyond!). Not many careers offer this sort of opportunity to gain experience and explore new cultures and lifestyles. Engineers working in
multinational companies will often travel overseas for conferences and to visit or inspect company facilities, adding variety to their daily routines.

The BTEC Engineering Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma course is a 60-credit course, which consists of two mandatory units:
Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace (10 credits)
Unit 6: Electrical and Electronic Principles (10 credits)

Plus a further four units from modules such as:
Unit 16: Engineering Drawing for Technicians (10 credits)
Unit 22: Fabrication Processes and Technology (10 credits)
Unit 31: Computer Aided Manufacturing (10 credits)
Unit 143: Communication Technologies (10 credits)

Please note: the units may change due to entry levels.

All BTEC Nationals are internally assessed. Learners can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The course will be taught as practically as possible within the electronic workshop and mechanical workshop, supported by assignment work covered within the classroom. The course will utilise modern software such as Autodesk, 2D Design, Google Sketch up, AlphaCAM and PicAxe, which are used in industry. Your teacher will support you throughout the course and you will have the opportunity to develop practical and study skills. You will learn new engineering skills that will be valuable either at university or in the workplace.

The aim of the course is to prepare you for employment in the engineering industry or higher education at university, to study for a degree in mechanical or electronics engineering, or other
degrees such as civil engineering, product design, motorsport engineering or marine engineering. Other higher education courses to be considered are the HNC, HND and Foundation Degree. Careers you can have in Engineering: Aerospace Engineer, Architectural Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Computer Engineer, Marine Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Software Engineer.

If you would like more information about the course, please contact Mr Gogna or Mrs Dennis.

Units Covered

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Engineering Drawing for Technicians
  • Fabrication Processes and Technology
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Communication Technologies

Career Outcomes

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Software Engineer

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