Engineering - Level 3 Combined Diploma
Course Code: EC1FE267
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering (720 GLH) 601/7580/1 Learners gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of content focused on electrical/electronic and mechanical disciplines, for example electrical machines and maintenance of mechanical systems.
Keep your options open with the Combined Diploma
Our Combined Diploma programme is for 16-18 year-olds who want to develop their passion and skills in more than one subject. Study this course alongside another Combined Diploma course, with one subject to be studied as a Double Diploma and the other as a Single Diploma. You will spend 3 days a week in College and up to 1 day on a relevant industry placement.
The Combined Diploma is equivalent to studying 3 A-levels, providing the maximum possible 168 UCAS points needed for university or a career in either subject. Successfully complete the course and you will gain a guaranteed place on one of our degree-level courses, awarded by Lancaster University (a UK top 10 university*).
The following subjects can be chosen as part of the Combined Diploma:
- Construction (only available as a Double Diploma)
- Graphics and Digital Design
- Health and Social Care
- Animal Science
- Public Services
- Fine Art (only available as a Single Diploma)
- Performing Arts (only available as a Single Diploma)
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This course is aimed at those aged 16 to 18 with 4 GCSEs at grade 5 (previously grade C) or above, including Maths, English and ideally Science.
If you are a year 11 student applying for this programme, we will compare your GCSE results with the minimum target grades set for you by your school. This will help us decide whether this is your most suitable programme of study. Other students, including those from outside the area, will have an opportunity to discuss their qualifications and experience to make sure they too are studying at the right level. For some programmes, we might need to observe you carrying out certain practical tasks before we can make you an offer.
Teaching and Learning Methods
This highly practical course is made up of the following
- engineering practical (workshop-based, typically 7 hours per week)
- engineering/industry theory (class-based, typically 6 hours per week)
- work experience/work placement
- higher education
- study skills tutorial
- Our expert tutors understand that everyone learns in different ways so they use a range of teaching methods to enable everyone to achieve their potential.
Each week totals around 16 timetabled hours, including 3 hours’ independent study.
We provide you with lots of support, including regular target setting and progress reviews.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.