Engineering (Academic) - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Manufacturing Engineering

Attendance Full-Time


This is a one year programme which offers a thorough grounding in Engineering Skills extensively used in modern engineering and provide knowledge and practical applications that will allow progression into employment or higher education.  The course will cover a broad range of engineering activities and disciplines and forms part of our commitment to foundation learning. 

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering is intended to be an applied general qualification for post-16 learners who wish to continue their education through applied learning and aim to progress to higher education and ultimately employment, possibly in the engineering sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to 1.5 'A' Levels, attracts UCAS points and aims to provide a coherent introduction to study of the engineering sector.

Qualification Gained

 Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

The qualification is equivalent in size to 1.5 'A' Levels, attracts UCAS points and aims to provide a coherent introduction to study of the engineering sector. The units studied include;

  • Engineering Principles
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
  • Computer Aided Design for Engineering
  • Mechanical Measurement and Inspection Technology
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits

You will also follow a programme of study to compliment this qualification including PSD/Tutorial, Work Preparations and Individual Study.

Learning Methods

You will learn through

  • Classroom work
  • Practical group and individual sessions
  • Workshops
  • Directed private study
  • Assignment work also forms an important part of the course

Assessment Methods

Methods of assessment includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector.  There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of; external examination, internal assessment and synoptic assessments.

Progression Opportunities

You may wish to progress to a second year of study, Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering  (Equivalent to 3'A' Levels)

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's A-C/9-4 including Maths, English and a Science subject or equivalent at Pass level.  If English is not your first language an English test score of  5.5 or above is required. You will also be required to attend the school induction programme.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.