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  1. steven haddon says:

    I’m a offshore construction supervisor and was looking to gain a BTEC in mechanical engineering. Would I benifit from this course and whats the estimated study time.

    • admin says:


      BTEC level 3 is widely recognised in Industry and is often a minimum requirement for supervisory posts.
      We estimate a 3 unit certificate would take a student studying 5 hours per week around 9 months to complete

  2. Kev says:

    Is there any prerequisites required for this course ?
    Also the course list at the top right, is that for this course ?

    If I sign up do I get to choose a start date or will it begin straight from payment ?

    • admin says:

      The only prerequisites for our level 3 course is that you are over 16 and are willing learn and study
      For specific courses go to the appropriate web pages on our web site and the specific units are listed
      Your course normally starts a couple of days after payment, unless you instruct us of a specific start date that you prefer

  3. admin says:

    Details for any material needed for specific units are detailed at the start of that unit, giving you plenty of time to order the before they are needed

  4. admin says:

    Edexcel offer a range of BTEC diplomas that can be scaled up as follows:
    6 units = 1 A level
    9 units = 1.5 A levels
    12 units = 2 A levels
    18 units = 3 A levels

  5. Joey says:

    If I do a btec in mechanical engineering if I fail anything do you have to pay and start all over again?

  6. Craig Tannous says:

    Could you please give me more details regarding examinations for online courses for international students.

    • admin says:

      Currently BTEC qualifications do not require any formal exams, but are work is assessed and graded by your tutor under the standards set by Edexcel

  7. Nathan Lewin says:

    Do you certify the certificates? E.g. city’s nd guilds
    If not how would I do this after completing all the modules?
    (BTEC L3 electronic and electrical engineering course)
    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      We are approved by Edexcel to offer BTEC level 3 courses. We operate these course according to their rules and procedures.
      As such these qualifications are recognised within the UK and beyond.

  8. Filipe says:


    I’m able to do any course outside UK if I pay the full amount by paypal or any other foreigner credit or debit card?


  9. Lee says:

    Just wondering as my employer would like me to gain nvq level 3 or equivalent in mechanical electrical engineering would your level 3 course be suitable also If I were to complete the course early would that be a problem as I know it stated 24 months

    • admin says:


      NVQ and BTEC are different courses in the sense that NVQ is a practical assessment of your skills, whereas BTEC is a knowledge assessment of skills and is more similar to A-levels, but without exams at present.
      The 24 months is the max support time, so we expect you to finish in less time. As all material is in-line you can work at your own pace.
      NQVs cannot be assessed on line as your practical work needs to be observed

  10. Terry Edwards says:

    Hi, I’m looking at completing an electrical engineering course an want to know where to start. I’m an approved electrician and want to know if I have to complete the level 3 before I can enrol on the HNC level 4. Thanks Terry

    • admin says:

      Most electricians complete NVQ’s and City & Guilds qualifications, but not a University recognised level 3 qualification.
      If this is your case, then you will need to complete at least a 6 unit level 3 BTEC engineering course prior to stating your HNC.
      We have a range of 6 unit diploma courses on our website for you to consider

  11. Simon says:

    Hi. If I complete a 6 unit btec m+e engineering course what are my options for continuing with the other units at a later date and will it cost me more money in the long term? Thanks.

  12. Graeme parker says:

    Hi, just looking for some guidance on your courses.

    Completed a advanced modern apprenriceship lvl 3 in engineering producation (fabrication).

    Where would i need to pick up from to progress my career path if i wanted to gain a degree??


    • admin says:


      You don’t say if you completed a BTEC level3 eng course along with your apprenticeship, but the normal progression path to degree is as follows:
      L3 3 unit certificate to L3 6 unit diploma
      L3 6 unit diploma to L3 9 unit diploma
      L3 6 unit diploma (Merit grade) to L4 HNC, or L3 9 unit diploma (Pass grade) to L4 HNC
      L4 HNC to L5 HND
      L5 HND to L6 Degree (final year entry, not provided by Tecol, but offered by some Universities)

      Hope this helps

  13. Steve Joyce says:

    Good evening I have loads of city and guilds certificates &level 3 NVQ mechanical engineering in addition 17th Edition with NEBOSH general health&safety. I want to proceed to HNC Mechanical can I do this ?

    • admin says:


      It looks like you have plenty of good practical courses under your belt, which we can give you some credit for; but to progress to HNC you will need to complete a bridging BTEC level 3 course. This because you will be studying level 4 analytical units such as maths and science, but you currently don’t have a level 3 qualification in this area and the step up would be too great.
      So go for the following course first and then you will be ready for the HNC

      • Steve Joyce says:

        Thank you for the reply however I have noted one of the modules is work safety, this topic is already covered in the NEBOSH qualification. Furthermore is this certificate £450 all in?

  14. Warren says:


    In some of the comments above, you imply that studies can be done by anyone internationally. Does this mean you accept international students?

  15. Selvakumar says:

    Hi , it sounds great with BTEC Level 3 Engineering Certificate i would like to apply for the course and later will proceed with a diploma. Looking forward to hear from you soon. Thank You.

  16. Selvakumar says:

    Like to know if i can apply with any university in UK after obtaining my BTEC Level 3 Certificate? How long will it take for me to complete the said course? Thank You

    • admin says:


      In the UK entry to university depends on UCAS points, our level 3 courses carry UCAS points for example
      With 3 units, 30 educational credits and now up to 28 UCAS points, the BTEC Level 3 Certificate extends the Award and covers further knowledge and skills required for a particular career. A 6 unit Diploma worth up to 56 UCAS points with 9 units up to 84 UCAS points.

  17. paul dolton says:

    I have just completed 1st year HNC at college day release through work as a mature sudent in mechanical engineering, i would like to start a HNC in electrical to run alongside the second year of mechanical is this possible.

    • admin says:

      I think it would be better to complete your HNC course, then upgrade to an HND which could have electrical/electronic units

  18. Simon Dawson says:

    Hello. I’m looking to do BTEC level 3 electrical engineering certificate. If I wanted to progress further once successful would it be possible to do a HNC or do I need more first. Thanks in advance

  19. ERNEST KOUASSI says:

    as an electrician working in the offshore oil and gas,i am interested in applying for the btec level 3 diploma in electrical and electronic engineering course. is it possible after this course to further it to the level 4 HNC as an international student? i am also a holder of city guilds international certificate. thanks.

  20. Darren Mcdonald says:

    I am 36 yrs old with 21 years experience in mechanical engineering,but i have no qualifications to support my knowledge. I am looking for advice on which course would benefit me in this industry. I would greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions. thank you

    • admin says:

      BTEC level 3 qualifications are an excellent way to get formal recognition of engineering experience as they are widely respected in industry.
      You could start with a 3 unit BTEC level 3 certificate in (mechanical) engineering and if happy with that upgrade to a 6 unit Diploma and then beyond

  21. Pierce says:

    Hello, I have a learning disability and i am very interested in the mechanical engineering level 3 certificate, is there a specific length of time for me to complete this course because I sometimes struggle to understand course work so i may not be as quick as other learners.

    • admin says:

      We normally provide 12 months learning support with our certificate, however we would be sympathetic to extending this, in your case

  22. Chris B says:

    Im looking at completing a Level 3 in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering followed by a HND.

    I am in the REME an Engineering Corps of The Army and would like to know if your 12 Unit Courses would allow me to be certified as EngTech post completion with the Engineerin Council and Post HND completion the status of IMechE?

    • admin says:

      To the best of my knowledge HND would be acceptable for EngTech academic requirements
      Your best approach is BTEC 6 unit L3 diploma with merit -> 8 unit L4 HNC -> 8 unit L5 HND

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