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Engineering (Electrical & Electronic or Mechanical) Advanced (Level 3)

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Engineering (Electrical & Electronic or Mechanical) Advanced (Level 3)

This qualification has been developed with local employers to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to gain confidence in engineering. In your first year you will study for an Engineering BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma, before specialising in mechanical or electrical/electronic engineering in your second year.

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Bedford College
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19 years and above, and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 19 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over and want to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma or A-Levels) then this course is free.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Bedford College Engineering Level 3


Engineering initially appealed to me because it offers a good balance of practical and theory work. I started on the Level 2 course after my GCSEs and am now studying on the Level 3 programme, which is a step up in terms of workload.

I really enjoy the product design aspect of the course. In one of our units we have to design and build a robot from VEX kits. We are given a specification to follow but the design is up to us. Next year we can decide what aspect of engineering we want to focus on. I’m going to choose mechanical.

I much prefer College to school because you are treated as an adult and there is more space and freedom to move around. The tutors are good and the facilities in the robotics lab are fantastic.

Once I finish College I’m hoping to go to De Montfort University in Leicester to study Mechanical Engineering or Product Design and then get into industry in one of these areas.

Course Information

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need…

Duration: 2 Years

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 ideally including English, maths and science


  • Engineering at Level 2
Course content

The 90-credit Diploma in Engineering is broadly equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels and is a mixture of theoretical and practical units.

Subject units:

  • Health and safety in the engineering workplace
  • Mathematics for engineering technicians Mechanical principles and applications
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Properties and application of engineering materials
  • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems and devices
  • Engineering drawing for technicians
  • Fabrication processes and technology
  • Principles and applications of electronic devices and circuits
  • Electronic measurement and testing

English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience

Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills

Additional vocational learning and qualifications:

  • You will also develop your practical skills throughout the programme.
Assessment methods

Units will be assessed using written assignments and/or practical work.


You will gain:

  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


  • Mechanical Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

To progress on to the second year of study you will need to successfully complete all of the qualifications studies in the first year. On successful completion of the main qualification you will be awarded the Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma. In the second year you can top up the 90-credit diploma to a specialist diploma, choosing an Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with a mechanical bias or an electrical/electronic bias. Successful completion of the second year will allow you to look for work in the engineering industry or progress to university. You can also progress on to degree-level study here at College with the Electrical & Electronic Engineering HNC or Mechanical Engineering HNC.

Additional information

Towards the end of the first year you will be asked to choose one of three options for your second year of study:

  • Top-up to an Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Electrical & Electronic bias) while studying additional practical skills
  • Top-up to an Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Mechanical bias) while studying additional practical skills.

If you select either Option 1 or Option 2 you will study a further nine units. Five of these units will be common to both electrical and electronic engineering, and mechanical engineering; the other four units will be specialist units depending on your chosen area. Following successful completion of year one and two you will be awarded the Engineering Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (which is equivalent to three A-Levels).

If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free. However, there are additional costs associated with some courses. To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of £30 towards any clothing needed for this course and £25 to attend trips that will complement your course.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.