Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering

Albert Einstein said “Scientists investigate that which already is, Engineers create that which has never been”.

Albert Einstein said “Scientists investigate that which already is, Engineers create that which has never been”.

Engineering covers a wide range of disciplines – anything from rockets to mobile phones and even hip replacements! Engineering is not just about ‘fixing things’ it is about understanding how, and why things work. Engineers are involved in all aspects of designing, building and testing new technologies and products. Creativity and problem solving are at the heart of every engineering industry.


Course Content

This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn and understand the core principles and technologies that underpin modern engineering. It will provide you with the opportunities to develop sound practical engineering investigation, design, construction, and testing skills which are critical to this sector.

The course consists of 4 units;

Year 1

Unit 1 Engineering Principles – Learners apply mathematical and physical science principles to solve electrical, electronic and mechanical-based engineering problems.

Unit 2 Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team – Learners explore how processes are undertaken by teams to create engineered products or to deliver engineering services safely.


Year 2

Unit 3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture – Learners will explore engineering product design and manufacturing processes and will complete activities that consider function, sustainability, materials, form and other factors.

Unit 4 Computer Aided Design in Engineering – Learners develop two-dimensional (2D) detailed drawings and three-dimensional (3D) models using a computer-aided design (CAD) system.


Where the course leads

This qualification could be taken alongside complementary subjects, such as GCEs in Maths and/or Physics to form part of an application to a higher education course (degree, foundation degree, HNC/HND) in specific related higher education courses such as Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering or General Engineering courses.

The qualification would also lead into a Higher Apprenticeship in the Engineering sector with pathways into Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Engineering, Computer Aided Design, Civil Engineering, Industrial Design and Automotive Design.


Entry Requirements

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Course Contact

Mrs J Morris

Technology Subject Leader