Mechanical Engineering

Key Stage 5

What will I study?
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering equips you with the skills needed to begin a career in engineering, or progress into further education. The course is flexible and you can adapt it to your needs and abilities. It consists of five core units plus a choice of specialist units (totalling 1080 guided learning hours). The range of specialist units offered allows you to focus on your interests, such as Fabrication Processes and Technology, further mathematics for technicians, welding principles and engineering design. Please note that the units studied may vary to meet local or learner needs.
Visits will take place each year in order to reinforce learning. In recent academic years, these have included taking students to a range of engineering establishments to utilise their expertise and resources. Examples include Guhring and W H Smiths (tool and design). There is also a possibility of further external visit. External activities such as go-karting are organised for the staff and students occasionally and aims to create a positive relationship between the students and staff.
Students completing this course previously have managed to secure highly sought after jobs and apprenticeships within industry through CTC links and training:

  • Apprenticeship at Rolls Royce.
  • An award winning job in Berlin with Siemens Mechatronic Engineering; the student was chosen from 950 applicants in the UK.
  • Severn Trent electronic engineering and instrumentation.
  • An apprenticeship at Guhring
  • An apprenticeship at Jaguar Landrover
  • In addition students have been supported to secure places at university on engineering related courses.

How will I be assessed?
All assessment is internally assessed by a teacher through a portfolio of work produced by the student for each unit that they study. The method of assessment will be varied according to the nature of the qualification being studied and will range from formal assignments to delivering a presentation or being observed in the workshop.

What coursework will I need to do?
Core Units:

  • Health and Safety in the engineering workplace
  • Communications for Technicians
  • Engineering Project
  • Mathematics for Technicians
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications

 Specialist Units:

  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Business Systems for Technicians
  • Engineering Primary Forming Processes
  • Engineering Secondary / Finishing Processes
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Applications of Mechanical Systems and Technology
  • Engineering Drawing for Technicians
  • Fabrication Processes and Technology
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Computer Numerical Control of Machine Tools
  • Welding Principles
  • Further Mathematics for Technicians
  • Commercial Aspects of Organisations

Course: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Specification Code: 500/8165/2