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Engineering Extended Diploma: Mechanical

Engineering is the wide-ranging profession of applying scientific principles to the design and construction of various industrial and domestic products to benefit society and the environment. This is a theoretical and practical, work related course which continues on from the BTEC level 2 diploma in engineering. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. If you would like to acquire a greater understanding of the principles that help engineers and technicians to solve practical problems then this course will introduce you to the knowledge and skills required. This course attracts the same UCAS points for university entrance as 3 AS/A2 levels which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go on to higher education.

  • What will I study and learn?

    The first year of this course is common to electrical/electronic and mechanical engineering and is designed to give you an understanding of both disciplines of engineering. You will learn about electrical/electronic, manufacturing and mechanical engineering as well as the theory behind design work. After you have completed the first year you will decide which course to take in the second year depending on your talents, strengths and, of course, your preference.

    The course is made up of 18 units:

    Mandatory units

    • Health and safety in the engineering workplace
    • Mathematics for engineering technicians
    • Mechanical principles and applications
    • Communications for engineering technicians
    • Engineering project

    Optional units mechanical engineering

    • Business operations in engineering
    • Engineering design
    • Properties and applications of engineering materials
    • Applications of mechanical systems in engineering
    • Principles and applications of fluid mechanics
    • Principles and applications of thermodynamics
    • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems and devices
    • Industrial process controllers
    • Engineering drawing for technicians
    • Setting and providing secondary processing machines
    • Computer aided drafting in engineering
    • Further mechanical principles and applications
    • Further mathematics for technicians

    Optional units electrical engineering

    • Industrial process controllers
    • Principles and applications of electronic devices and circuits
    • Electronic measurement and testing
    • Microprocessor systems and applications
    • Electronic fault finding
    • Engineering drawing for technicians
    • Properties and applications of engineering materials
    • Principles and applications of analogue electronics
    • Principles and applications of microcontrollers
    • Electrical applications
    • Three-phase systems
    • Further electrical principles
    • Further mathematics for technicians

    You will work both as an individual and as part of a group in workshops, laboratories and in theory classes. You will develop your understanding through a combination of theoretical and practical studies using machine tools, computers, electrical and mechanical measuring instruments.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through a combination of coursework activities, theoretical and practical assignments, assessment tests, and case studies. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

    At the end of the first year you will have your progress reviewed to ascertain your suitability for completing the extended diploma course of your choice or alternately being transferred to the Edexcel BTEC diploma in engineering course. The diploma is at the same advanced level and will be the technical equivalent of two A levels instead of three for the extended diploma.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will automatically be enrolled onto an AS level mathematics course as an enrichment of your extended diploma course. You will need to have the appropriate points score.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    This course requires a high level of problem-solving skills and therefore a sound scientific background is usually helpful. You should have an interest in technology.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need:

    5 GCSEs grades A*-C including maths (higher tier), English and double science (GCSE science + additional science) at a minimum of grade C


    a merit/distinction in a the BTEC level 2 diploma in engineering plus GCSEs English and maths (higher tier) at a minimum of grade C

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The mechanical engineering course provides an entry route to engineering related degrees and HND/HNC diplomas such as in mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, product design and computer aided design. The electrical/electronic engineering course provides an entry route to engineering related degrees and HND/HNC diplomas such as in electrical, electronics, mechatronics, telecommunications, product design and computer aided design. This course provides an excellent basis for entry to a wide variety of employment opportunities in industry.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    Safety boots, clothing and materials will cost around £65. Drawing instruments and a scientific calculator will cost around £50. There are two books recommended which will cost approximately £20 each if you want to buy your own. However these are available in the library. There are also some day visits to industrial sites where you will need to pay your travel costs (prices are for 2014).

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