BTEC Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma inEngineering

This course is designed for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the engineering industry or who wants to study an engineering-related subject at degree level.

In your first year, you complete the BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering (1.5 A Level equivalent). Upon successful completion, you may have the option to progress to year 2 where you will work to achieve the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering.

The course is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and practical experience in engineering and allows you to gain a broad knowledge of mechanical and electrical disciplines. The course is assessed by a combination of examinations and written assignments. You will gain vital practical experience of machining, hand fitting and welding in the engineering workshop.

Learners who have achieved a grade A/7 or above in GCSE Mathematics have the option to study A Level Mathematics along-side this course.

Course Content

You will study a combination of mechanical and electrical based units.

Mandatory units include:

  • Engineering Principles
  • Business in Engineering
  • Health and Safety
  • Product Design

Practical Workshop Experience

Work Experience / Industrial Placement


This course offers:

  • Access to the best workshops in the East Midlands
  • Expert, professional teaching staff
  • High-quality training programmes
  • Opportunities for work placements, along with close working relationships with JTL and the AEMT

Learners who have achieved a grade A/7 or above in GCSE Mathematics have the option to study A Level Mathematics along-side this course.

Entry Requirements

  • A BTEC First Extended Certificate in Engineering at Merit grade, plus GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above OR Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English, Maths, and a Science.
  • Mature applicants with relevant industrial experience are encouraged to apply.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice.

Progression Opportunities

After studying the full two years, this qualification will be equivalent to three A Levels, which enables you to study Engineering or a related subject at degree level.

Alternative progression routes include Higher or Degree Apprenticeships or full-time employment in the engineering industry.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts


  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full Time



Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24NFH0021


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