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Engineering Level 3

Course Overview

This Level 3 Engineering course integrates the academic aspects of engineering with the practical requirements of modern industry. You will cover a broad range of engineering and academic units with practical experiments, which will enable you to apply the theory to solve real engineering problems. Completing of the level 3 course will enable you to go directly into employment within local industry or progress to university.

What topics are covered?

The extended diploma course consists of 15 unit modules over two years.


Units include:

  • Engineering product design and manufacture
  • A specialist engineering project
  • Engineering principles
  • Design for moving parts
  • Computer aided design in engineering
  • Microcontroller systems for engineers
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Calculus to solve engineering problems
  • Applied commercial and quality principles in engineering
  • Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

What are the entry requirements?

GCSE grade B in Mathematics and a minimum of four GCSE grades C or above, including English and Science, or a Level 2 Diploma in a relevant subject with at least four merits.


Equivalent qualifications will be considered.


Applicants will need to pass the Diagnostic Entry Test.

What qualifications will I gain?

The nationally recognised qualifications are:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering for the one-year course
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering for the full, two-year course

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

There is a mix of classroom and laboratory work. The emphasis is to develop strong independent learning skills which will fit students for both employment and university. Your work and progress will be continuously assessed by a range of methods, which may include written assignments, projects, case studies, presentations, written and oral exams and other practical exercises. There will be externally assessed, end-of-year examinations for some modules on this programme.

What hours will I be in college?

Both courses are delivered for three days per week, usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09:00-17:00.

What can I do after this course?

  • Progress to higher education on one of our HNC or HND programmes or at university
  • Move on to employment in the engineering industry

Are there any additional costs?

There is £90 fee for consumables payable on enrolment

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees.


For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

A fully equipped workshop with adjacent design computing suite with industrial standard software

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

We have strong links with local employers who can provide work experience and employment in the area.

What are the leisure and cultural activities?

The college has a range of extra-curricular activities available.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Technology

What do I need to bring?

You will require a scientific calculator, folder with separators and writing implements

What else do I need to know?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.

1 review for Engineering Level 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lead to an apprenticeship with a local engineering company where I returned to Bath College to study a HNC/D followed by a top up University degree. Chose this course as an alternative to A-Levels and was the best decision I made in education. Very highly recommended.

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