TECOL Level-3 Single-unit Awards


The skills that you develop as an engineer are incredibly valuable and highly sought after. People will turn to you to help solve problems for them. The ability to provide practical solutions to problems is crucial and will give you great confidence when faced with any challenge or obstacle. Engineering Awards are a great place to start improving your technical knowledge and skills, or to add a qualification to your CV.

These 1 unit courses are suitable those who wish to study a specific topic or want to try a shorter level 3 course before committing to a formal BTEC qualification. These 1  unit awards are set to the same standard as BTEC qualifications and can be credited towards BTEC L3 Awards,  Certificates or Diplomas in Engineering; thus providing a progressive qualification pathway for your future career development.  All ‘Tecol level 3 Award’ course material includes detailed assessments and  4 months per unit tutor support.

1-unit Tecol level-3 Awards

  1. Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
  2. Principles and Applications of Thermodynamics
  3. Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits
  4. Principles and Applications of Analogue Electronics
  5. Communications for Engineering Technicians
  6. Electrical Technology
  7. Electrical Installation
  8. Three-phase Motors and Drives
  9. Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics
  10. Engineering Drawing for Technicians.
  11. Selection and Using Programmable Controllers
  12. Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  13. Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  14. Mechanical Principles and Applications
  15. Electrical and Electronic Principles
  16. Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques
  17. Features and Applications of Electrical Machines
  18. Microprocessor Systems and Applications

Course prices:

1-unit Award – £195

To order:

Select ‘Add to cart’ below to start your Award enrolment, our admin team (admin@tecol.co.uk) will send you an enrolment form, where you will indicate what single unit Award you wish to study

For BTEC Award, Certificate or Diploma courses please select the correct page on the menu above

53 comments on “TECOL Level-3 Single-unit Awards
  1. Clive Buggins says:

    Please can you describe the assessment process once you have completed a module or series of modules? Is there an assessment centre or is it conducted on-line etc?

    • admin says:


      During the study of a module (which usually has 4 sections), at least 2 assessments will issued to you to complete within a certain time period (usually 3-4 weeks).
      These will be marked by tutor who will also provide feedback for any corrections required
      Corrections are then normally resubmitted by you within 10 working days.
      When the assessments are passes you can move on to the next module.
      If modules are part of the approved Edexcel list, you can be also registered for a BTEC certificate in engineering

      Hope this helps

  2. admin says:


    Each Award should take about 3 months, but we will provide support for 4 months (we can extend this for special circumstances e.g. moving job/house etc)

    Yes, for example Btec Certificate only requires 3 units, but you need to check our certificates to ensure you pick relevant units to gain Edexcel approval

    We offer 12 months support for Certificates and 24 months for diplomas

    Hope this helps


  3. Alison says:

    Can you confirm the number of credits for your Diploma in Engineering (Electrical/Mechanical) please. If you only do 6 units is this not just 60 credits which would make it a Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering. I need to know I am selecting enough credits for my university course.


  4. Kevin Brown says:

    I am currently living and working in Slovenia.
    My current employer has requested I obtain qualifications in Electro/Mechanical engineering.
    Would I be able to study through Tecol, I am asking as, although I am British, I am not resident in the UK.

    I am also unsure as to which units my employer would require me to study, therefore I would probably start with single units then build into a BTEC certificate or Diploma is this acceptable?

    Best Regards


    • admin says:

      Yes, you can study level 3 outside the UK. You can start with 1 unit and step up to certificate and diploma when these suit you

  5. Josh says:

    How long till I receive my direct debit email? Can I call you to make the process a bit faster?

    • admin says:

      Our direct debit is sent direct to you from GoCardless within 2 working days. If not received double check any spam or junk email folders, and if not there then email admin@tecol.co.uk requesting a resend

  6. admin says:

    Yes, you can upgrade to a BTEC level 3 certificate, just check out our certificate web pages

  7. my name is Ilunga Monga Abraham 42years from Drc congo as a freelance technician in electronics and electrical with nice background in electrical and electronics engineering,Maths i could complet my technical high school i had no money to sit national exam what can i do to have tecol qualification i always dream to have uk qualification i have 22years experience

    • admin says:


      I think your best step would be to first sit your national exam, as it will probably less expensive than completing a certificate or diploma with us
      Our prices are shown on our website

  8. Jay Downing says:


    I currently have a BTEC Diploma in Engineering and a NVQ level 3 in Areonautical engineering. All of which achieved through the military. I am looking to add more electronic/electrical to my CV. Would it be better for me to enrol on an electrical diploma or do individual units/awards to suit my needs. I don’t want to waste time re learning things I’ve already done.


    • admin says:

      Given your current qualifications, it would make more sense to enrol on HNC in Electrical/Electronic engineering, but if you want just to gain some knowledge then individual level 3 units : Unit 4 – Electronics and Unit 18 – Electrical Machines are popular

  9. Paulo says:

    I graduated and also did a master degree in business in my original country, and I am now living in the UK for many years. I always thought about going to university again to study engineering, but the time and hassle involved in attending the classes in person discouraged me. Doing the course online would offer an alternative, but then there is the important question: the diplomas your offer are the same as a graduation diploma from an university done in a conventional way? Thanks in advance for any clarifications you could provide. Paulo

    • admin says:

      I guess the best approach for you if changing to engineering would be BTEC 6-unit L3 dip with merit-> 8 unit L4 HNC -> 8 unit L5 HND -: final year of degree (L6)
      For details of our level 3,4,5 courses see our website

  10. ERNEST KOUASSI says:

    My Name is ERNEST KOUASSI and i am living and working in Ivory Coast in oil and gas industry as electrician. i want to upgrade my education so i am interested in the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (Electrical/Electronic) – 9 unit. Will it be possible for me as i am not uk resident?

  11. Matt says:

    Are all your course online and no attendance to college or a classroom?

  12. Selvakumar s/o Marimuthu says:

    Hi! I would like to know is it possible for me who’s not a UK resident to do the course? I like to start the Btec level 3 with award first then to procced up with Certificate..please advice me on this and as well as i am 53 years old and is Tecol still conducting all the courses which has been mentioned in the web page. Looking forward to hear from you soon. TQ

    • admin says:

      Yes, normally students are UK residents, occasionally a non UK resident have enrolled. Are courses have been designed to provide an upgrade path from Awards through to certificates and diplomas.

      All courses currently shown on our website are available

  13. Selvakumar says:

    Hi! I would like to know is it possible for me who’s not a UK resident to do the course? I like to start the Btec level 3 with award first then to procced up with Certificate..please advice me on this and as well as i am 53 years old and is Tecol still conducting all the courses which has been mentioned in the web page. Looking forward to hear from you soon.

  14. Chris Birch says:

    Would I need to purchase CAD software for the Engineering Drawing for Technicians unit or is it supplied with the course material?

  15. J Barrett says:

    How do I get in contact with you by phone to discuss my options further?

  16. Phillip says:


    Is successful completion of your three bridging courses enough to gain entry onto the HNC in general engineering?

    Many thanks,

    • admin says:

      Our HNC bridging is for learners who currently have some level 3 (or higher) qualifications.
      If you only have level 2 such as GCSEs youe will require at least a BTEC level 3 6 unit diploma at merit grade

  17. Josh says:

    I would also like to know if CAD software is supplied with the course material? Thanks

  18. Abdul Rahim says:

    If I did a L4 HNC and then wanted to access civil engineering or chemical engineering would that be an option with doing a L4 or even L5 engineering course with TECOL

    • admin says:

      You would be able to do civil or chemical engineering after HNC/HND, but the University may require you to complete an additional year so that you cover their specialised modules. Always check with the University beforehand to see what their requirements are

  19. Julia says:

    Do I need to purchase BTEC registration for the 1 unit award?

  20. Adam says:

    Good afternoon. Is there any form of identification or documentation as to prove the legitimacy of this business. This may come across as rude or overly cautious, however there is quite a bit of money on the line; and this style of study programme fits my needs perfectly.

    • admin says:

      Accreditation number from Pearson (Edexcel) BTEC centre number: 04943
      If you need further information please see our support page or ring us

      • Morgan Magee says:

        If I am to complete my General Engineering (12 Unit) Diploma, would I then be able to add on 3 extra units in bulk to enhance my learning? I would not wish to upgrade to the 18 unit extended diploma but I think perhaps I would like to study an additional 3 units without having to purchase them individually.

  21. Jagdesh Rupie says:

    Is HNC and HND available to non UK citizens outside of the UK?

  22. Liam Mcstea says:

    I have an nvq level 2 and would like to go for a btec level 3 how many modules do I need to do to ensure I have a full level 3 btech??

    • admin says:

      Liam, we would recommend at least 6 units at level 3, as this can give you future options like HNC
      Depending on the employer ‘full btec’ can be 6, 9 or 12 units

  23. Mickey says:

    Can I work through individual units then gain L3 certificate once I have completed enough units? And then carry on through the diploma a unit at a time? I’m just conscious I don’t want to pay for a full diploma and not get on with the online learning.


  24. Yohan Blake says:

    Hi there I am a qualified electrician I have 2360 Part 1&2 NVQ Level 3 City and Guilds 2356. I also have City and Guilds 2391 Testing and Inspection. I currently work as a Controls Engineer, I am interested in doing a HNC in Mechanical engineering HVAC what is the requirements for this course regards.

    • admin says:

      you can gain direct entry to HNC, but will be ruined to complete 2 level-3 Bridging units, to improve your maths and science knowledge. There are further details on the Web page

  25. Rhys says:

    Hi Guys,

    Just wondering how long on average it takes to complete your Level 3 Btec (12unit) in Electrical/Mechanical engineering? I understand it varies from person to person, naturally. But, if the hours are consistently put in, would it be possible to complete within 6-12 months?


    • admin says:

      A lot depends on the number of hours you can put in each week e.g. 5 hours/week – 36 months, 10 hours/week – 18 months
      It would be difficult to complete within 12 months unless you can put in 15-20 hours per week

  26. Oliver Clakre says:

    I would like to know more about the Assessment Process- Could I know what it’s like- Is it a Test, Maybe an Assignment or just a general coursework based?
    Also- Do you do any other Units for IT? Maybe a diploma? Etc

    • admin says:

      Across all our courses we set 2 assessments per unit of study, these are generally of an investigative or analytical type that are completed in a specified number of weeks. There are no exams or general ongoing course work.
      We currently offer 3 unit level-3 certificate in IT and depending on demand, would be happy to expand this to cover more units and courses.

  27. Hollie Gargreaves says:

    Hello Guys,

    Do you offer any More 1 Unit Awards? Other than the 19 you already do.
    Such as Unit 36- Business Ops or Unit 7 Materials?


  28. Morgan Magee says:

    Realistically, if you had 25-30 hours to study per week, how quickly could you complete a L3 90 credit diploma in E&E Engineering?

    • admin says:

      The total number of learner hours is estimated to be: 9 units x 60 = 540 hrs; so in theory you could complete the course within 6 months

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