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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering

What’s it about?

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. 

Engineering covers a wide range of disciplines – anything from rockets to mobile phones, bridges to robots, and even hip replacements. Engineers are involved in all aspects of designing, building and testing new technologies and products that improve the way people live. Creativity and problem-solving are at the heart of every engineering sector. 

The BTEC National Engineering course is perfect for young people taking their first steps towards a new career. The course is a blend of technical and academic skills that students need to become highly skilled, work-ready individuals. 

Careers in engineering are incredibly vast. They include: 

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering

Studying engineering combines aspects of mathematics and science as well as design and technology and art. The course is assessed via external exams, tasks carried out within the classroom and assignments carried out over a period of time. This allows students with a wide range of skills and abilities to access the learning and technical skills required to succeed.  

Entry Requirements:

We would recommend a grade 6 at GCSE in Science/DT and grade 5 in Mathematics.  



Mrs. V. Holman – Director of Teaching and Learning 

    The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form

    Course Content:

    The BTEC (Extended certificate) course comprises 4 units: 3 mandatory units plus 1 optional unit.  

    Mandatory modules are: 

    • Engineering principles – applying maths and physics to real-world problems 
    • Delivery of Engineering processes – health and safety, drawing techniques, working as a team 
    • Engineering product Design and Manufacture -original design, interpreting a brief and modifying products/ideas 


    Optional module to be confirmed. 



    Students will be able to take many transferable skills into an apprenticeship or other training-based course. Pupils will have gained problem-solving, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills throughout the course. 


    Students will be able to take many foundation skills and knowledge for a university degree in the engineering sector. Pupils will have gained problem-solving, technical theory, knowledge of maths and science as well as effective designing throughout the course. 




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