Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in a range of engineering fields. It is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering has a work related focus and prepares students for employment in the engineering sector or to progress to higher education and a vocational degree programme. It is broadly equivalent to 3 “A” Levels

The course consists of units which have a credit value which should provide a combined total of 180 credits to achieve the BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (formerly National Diploma in Engineering).

Start as a college student, finish as a graduate

After successfully completing this course you also benefit from the chance to stay with us at University Centre Farnborough. This gives you a path to graduating with a degree or higher education course without the costs of moving away, all while studying in a familiar and supportive environment.

Higher education courses you may be interested in studying with us after your School Leavers course:

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

Students will take mandatory units and pre-selected optional units which reflect the modern general engineering industry.

Core units

  • Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Engineering Project
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications

Typical optional units could be chosen from the list below which is not prescriptive

  • Engineering Design
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Drawing for Technicians
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Engineering Secondary & Finishing Processes (Machining)
  • Fabrication Processes
  • Computer Numerical Control of Machine Tools
  • Further Maths
  • Principles & Applications of Electronic Devices & Circuits
  • Electronic Measurement & Testing
  • Electronic Fault Finding
  • Welding Technology

How will I be assessed?

All units are internally assessed using a strict set of grading criteria and a summative unit grade awarded at pass, merit or distinction. Successful students will be awarded an overall triple grade e.g. DDD, DMM MMP based on points boundaries.

Equipment Needed

Materials, Books
Course books and reading will be recommended during the induction process.

Full uniform/PPE and safety glasses are mandatory. Successful applicants will be sent details of PPE requirements with joining instructions. The College will be able to assist with information regarding requirements.

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What Next?

Students will leave the college with a broad portfolio of qualifications that will enable progression to work at a technician level and advanced modern apprenticeship, or go on to higher education at Degree level.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English and maths GCSEs at 9-4

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher
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I really like the modules I have and I’m happy with what I’ve learned here. My favourite module was the design module as it’s where you take all the theory you learn and put it into something.

Engineering is very vast and if you’re doing general engineering you have enough content and information to then choose a course when you go on to uni or an apprenticeship. The lecturers are really supportive, the workshops have all the machines we need and we have all the protection needed to do work safely. You get support not only during the course but also for building your career.


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