Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma Mechanical Engineering

  • 4 year success rate of over 91%
  • NewVIc Mechanical Engineering students make better progress than 90% of students on this course nationwide.
  • Our student go on to Queen Mary, Brunel, Kingston, LSBU, Greenwich and Westminster
  • Excellent employer links with a broad range of engineering companies.

This course will focus on developing knowledge of mechanical systems, Engineering design, analysing problems, designing and implementing solutions. It also provides in-depth knowledge of Engineering materials and applications.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course length

Foundation Diploma: one year
Extended Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Four or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including Mathematics. Students currently taking an intermediate vocational course will need a full Level 2 Extended Certificate with merit in a related subject and a grade C in Mathematics.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • safety in engineering
  • manufacturing methods
  • Mechanical Science
  • Mathematics
  • mechanical principles and applications
  • materials technology
  • Engineering drawing and design
  • technical communications
  • Engineering projects

On the course you will:

  • develop your research skills
  • advance your technical knowledge
  • design and create your own mechanical solutions
  • develop your mathematical skills
  • complete a project on a related topic of your choice

Method of assessment

Assessment is through internally assessed assignments (58%) and external assessment (42%).

What will I be able to progress to?

On completion of the course, you will be able to choose from a number of options including going to university to study Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering or Business-related degrees. You could also seek employment as a Technician, Trainee Manager or Junior Engineer.