Qualification: BTEC

Awarding Body:
Length of Course:
2 Years

Equivalent in size to one A-Level.

4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 1 which is the choice of the centre. This qualification provides a broad basis of study for the engineering sector.

It has been designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A-Levels.

Subject Overview

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering is designed for learners who are interested in a career in the engineering sector and want to progress to further study in the sector. Learners will take a practical, applied engineering course as part of their Level 3 study programme, which gives them an introduction to the sector. They will be able to combine this with other qualifications, such as a GCE A-Level in Mathematics or Physics, which would allow them to progress to higher education to study engineering or other STEM-related programmes.

Engineering covers a broad variety of roles and it involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely and support them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas. Learners taking this qualification will study mandatory content covering:

•       engineering principles and mathematics

•       health and safety, team work and interpreting and creating computer-aided engineering

•       drawings

•       design and manufacture of products



Mandatory units – learners complete and achieve all units

Unit 1: Engineering Principles

Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes safely as a team

Unit 3: Engineering, Product Design and Manufacture


Optional units – learners complete the equivalent of 40 additional credits (Units TBC)

Unit 9: Work Experience in the Engineering Sector

Unit 10: Computer Aided Design in Engineering

Unit 11: Engineering Maintenance and Condition Monitoring Techniques

Unit 12: Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

Unit 19: Electronic Devices and Circuits

Unit 25: Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials

Unit 30: Mechanical Measurement and Inspection Technology

Unit 35: Computer Programming

Unit 41: Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes

Unit 44: Fabrication Manufacturing Processes

Unit 45: Additive Manufacturing Processes


Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 preferably including English Language, Maths and a Grade 5 in Product Design or related GCSE

Further Information

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Engineering
360 GLH (Guided Learning Hours)