BTEC National Foundation and Extended Diploma in Engineering

About the course

This BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma in Engineering is studied over two-years (Years 12 and 13) will provide 180 credits (equivalent to three A Levels). The course offers applied learning in a broad range of engineering areas. It develops your understanding of how scientific principles and practical knowledge can create products and systems that work safely and effectively.

Overview of units

Year 1 – Foundation Diploma in Engineering:

  • Engineering Principles
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • Work Experience in the Engineering Sector
  • Computer Aided Design in Engineering
  • Welding Technology

Year 2 – Extended Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering:

  • A Specialist Engineering Project
  • Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
  • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
  • Mechanical Measurement and Inspection Technology
  • Modern Manufacturing Systems
  • Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes
  • Manufacturing Primary Forming Processes
  • Manufacturing Computer Numerical Control Machining Processes

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s or equivalent including Maths and English


The course includes a combination of internally- and externally-assessed units.

Where you can go next

This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education and is consistent with current industry practice, allowing students to enter into employment or apprenticeships in a wide range of engineering roles.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the Pearson website.

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