Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma Technology Centre 1-2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This is an academic, work-related course, preparing you for entry to employment or higher education and is equivalent to three A Levels. You learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It will include a number of core units that are common to Mechanical as well as Electrical/Electronic engineering. In your first year you will study the 90-credit Diploma progressing to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

Assessment takes place through examinations and assignments, which are internally set and externally moderated. Each module has its uniquely designed assessment method.

What topics will I study?

The course will involve the following units:

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians
  • Engineering Project
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Commercial Aspects of Engineering Organisations
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Further Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Selecting and Using Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (specifically included for progression into University)
  • Electrical Technology
  • Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • CNC Programming (an alternative unit in place of Further Mathematics)
  • Three-Phase Motors and Drives

What experiences will I get?

You will attend master classes from industry experts and visit manufacturing sites.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English language and grade 5 in maths.

Plus standard entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

Subject specific entry requirements: GCSE grade 4 or above in science, double science or physics.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

A new £8.3 million Technology Centre at Monkerton opened in September 2012. The centre combines the training and teaching of aerospace, engineering and automotive students with access to state of the art equipment within world class facilities. The CAD/CAM Suite includes 25 computers running the latest versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Works, EdgeCAM and SIEMENS 828d/840d control. The software will allow engineering students to experience ‘industry standard’ software and CNC machining equipment that give an understanding of CAD for manufacture. You will also have access to a learning resource centre.

To find out about travel options to the Technology Centre click here.

What can the course lead on to?

You will be qualified to work as an Engineering Technician. Previous students have gone on to study Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bath, Architecture at the University of Portsmouth, Civil Engineering at Kingston University and other courses.

Are there any additional costs?

All students need to provide overalls and safety boots. You will also have to pay £75 which includes faculty materials, two field trips, a polo shirt and basic study materials.

What do our students think?

I thoroughly enjoyed my two year experience at Exeter College where I learnt the skill and knowledge to apply on a day to day base. My first thought of the course was that the theory would be too much to take in. However, this was wrong, the engineering lecturers were very successful in applying the theory to day to day applications, making it easier to grasp. In all honesty I felt that the lecturers were excellent. They gave me the feeling of being very approachable where they were willing to listen about anything, course or not course related. I chose this course because I wanted to get the right balance of theory and application which I personally felt AS level could not give and BTEC could. At the moment I have just finished my 1st year at university where I achieved a 1st class average for the year, which illustrates how strong the foundation of a BTEC is to help someone at university".

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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