BTEC Level 3 Engineering Qualifications

Aimed at learners working in a range of roles in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector. These qualifications could lead to employment and career progression in a number of areas including Automotive, Electrical, Electronics, Manufacturing, Maintenance Engineering or Machining. BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Engineering can be studied in accredited steps as listed below. (Each group of 6 units is equal to 1 A-level)

Course  Number of Units
Foundation Award 3 unit
Award 6 unit
Certificate 9 unit
Diploma 12 unit
Extended Diploma 18 unit
Requirements: Age – Min. 18 yrs

There is a great demand in industry for engineers that have a broad range of knowledge, covering both areas such as General (GE), Mechanical (ME), Electrical (EE) and Automotive (AE) Engineering disciplines.

Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the design, construction and operation of machines, structures and industrial plant used in a very wide range of industries. Electrical Engineering involves technology such as electrical generators, motors, and electronic systems such as microprocessors. Automotive investigates with engines, chassis, electrics and control. A list of units, pathways and order of units (up to 18 are studied are shown below

General Units GE ME* EE* AE
(1) Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace 1 1 1 1
(2) Communications for Engineering Technicians 2 2* 2* 2
(3) Mathematics for Engineering Technicians 5 5 5 5
(12) Engineering Drawing for Technicians 4 4 8 4
(19) Selecting and Using Programmable Controllers 7 7 7
(4) Engineering Project (double unit) 11/12 11/12 11/12 11/12
Mechanical units 
(8) Mechanical Principles and Applications 6 6
(9) Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering 3 3 3
(16) Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques ** 10
(70) Principles and Applications of Thermodynamics 17 8
(66) Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics 16 9
(55) Further Mechanical Principles and Applications 18 10
Electrical & Electronic units
(28) Electrical Technology 8 3
(29) Electrical Installation 15 9
(31) Features and Applications of Electrical Machines 9 4
(33) Further Electrical Principles 14 10
(56) Electrical and Electronic Principles 13 6
Automotive units
(44) Vehicle Engine Principles, Operation, Service and Repair   6
(46) Applications of Vehicle Science and Mathematics 9
(47) Electrical and Electronic Principles for Vehicle Technology 10
(48) Vehicle Electrical Charging and Starting Systems 7
(54) Operation of Vehicle Chassis Systems 8
* not valid on 3 unit Foundation Award
** not valid on 12 unit ME diploma

Each unit is further split into bite sized topics to make studying easier via our online Moodle education platform. You will be have 2 assessments for each unit. Prices exclude the Edexcel BTEC registration fee, and some units may require some tools / materials (click on individual units for material costs). 

To check UCAS points you can use their calculator – simply enter the full title of the course and the grade you are aiming for: UCAS Tariff Points – Calculate Your Entry Requirements

e.g. 6 unit Award: ‘Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)’ at grade D = 48 UCAS points.