BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering


  • 16-18 (Full-time)


Course content

The course includes the following units split between the two years. An option to specialise in Electrical/Electronic or Mechanical Engineering is available in the second year.

  • Engineering Principles 
  • Delivering Engineering Processes
  • Product Design & Manufacture
  • Applied Commercial & Quality Principles
  • Specialist Project
  • Microcontroller Systems
  • Calculus [Mathematics]
  • Further Engineering Mathematics
  • Electronic Devices & Components
  • Analogue Electronic Circuits
  • Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
  • Static Mechanical Principles
  • Plus three others

The high quantity and level of mathematics in this course requires applicants to achieve at least a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics as an entry requirement.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

The course gives learners specialist knowledge and technical skills, enabling entry to an apprenticeship or other employment, or progression to related higher education (university) courses. 

How will I learn?

You will have approximately 800 hours of direct tuition over the two years. As a guide you will need to spend another 700 hours in independent study and completing assignments/projects to achieve the level of attainment necessary for the award of the qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Most assessment evidence is submitted by written coursework and reports. However, three units listed are assessed externally including one examination.

Equipment and other costs

Scientific calculator.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

Higher Education study, University

Is there additional work required by the student?

As a guide you will be expected to spend a minimum of 700 hours on independent study and completing coursework over the two years.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?


Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

A minimum GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics plus four other GCSE grades of 4 or above which must include English Language.

Expected prior knowledge/experience


English level

GCSE English Language (Grade 4 or above).

Mathematics level

GCSE Mathematics (Grade 5 or above).