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Engineering BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3
September 2023 start

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to
    maximise your career prospects and widen your options
    for further or higher study.

    This growth sector offers excellent career opportunities
    in electronics, mechanics, manufacturing and design

    The rewards include a job that is well-paid, diverse
    and engaging. It will also give you the opportunity to
    develop transferable skills which are in demand locally,
    nationally and worldwide.

    Courses are delivered by tutors with a wealth of
    specialist skills, based on years of industry experience
    and academic status. The curriculum is furthermore
    developed alongside employer needs.

    Work experience is also an integral part of our study
    programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to
    the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    This fascinating and informative course has six (there
    are only 5 listed) mandatory units:
    • Engineering Project
    • Electrical and Electronic Principles
    • Communication for Engineering Technicians
    • Mechanical Principles and Applications
    • Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
    In addition, optional units including:
    • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
    • Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems and
    • Computer-aided Drafting
    • Welding Technology
    • Electrical Installation

    You will have the opportunity to complete work
    experience during the course. Many of our learners
    are offered a permanent position at the end of their
    placement, and around 15 of this year’s learners gained
    some kind of employment through exposure to the

    If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may
    wish to study English & maths to Level 3.

    Elements of Study
    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement
    of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance,
    communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living,
    volunteering and citizenship skills)
  • Entry requirements

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    We ask that you have either four GCSEs at grade 4
    (C) or above, including Maths, English and Science or
    Engineering BTEC Diploma Level 2
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be continually assessed throughout the year;
    there will be no exams.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    The College will support you throughout your time here;
    you will receive personal support from both your tutor
    and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is
    also available from our dedicated Student Services team
    for personal, financial and careers guidance.
    During their last inspection, Ofsted commended the
    College for its provision of “well targeted information,
    advice and careers guidance, which meets individual
    needs and enables learners to make informed choices
    about the next steps in their learning and career”.

    We want to give you a positive experience at College
    and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be
    working in. So, during your time at College, you will have
    the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
    • Attending national motorsports events
    • Hearing and meeting with guest speakers from the
    • Opportunities to take part in regional skills

    Further Information
    • Sessions led by creative tutors with years of industry
    • Modern Apple Mac suites
    • Opportunity to display work to the public in annual
    end-of-year Arts Showcase
    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • Wella-approved hair salons

    We also have a wide range of events throughout the
    year including showcases, enterprise activities and
    cultural celebrations.

    Number 1 for Achievement Rates
    We’re the number one General Further Education
    College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement
    rates for higher level qualifications.

    Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’
    On our last inspection we were graded 2 for ‘Good’.
    Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop
    good employability and personal skills and that a high
    proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or
    Higher Education.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the course you could remain
    in College and progress on to an Engineering BTEC Level
    3 course.
    Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work
    you could opt for an Engineering or Manufacturing
    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by
    Following further study you could work as:
    • An Electrical Engineer where you could earn up to
    £40,000 a year, depending on experience. Once
    Chartered, you could earn £45,000 a year or more
    • A Telecoms Engineer, earning between £16,000 and
    £30,000 a year
    • A Design and Development Engineer, earning
    between £21,000 and £55,000 a year, depending on
  • Enrichment

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    Sitting a job interview, writing a personal statement, applying for university - taking part in our enrichment programme will give you a CV to wow in all of these situations! You’ll benefit from departmental and cross-college enrichment with:
    • Inspiring trips and experiences
    • Meetings with industry experts
    • Visits to leading companies in your sector

    As well as giving you essential professional and technical skills, you’ll demonstrate that you’re a successful and well-rounded person, helping you to make a lasting impression.

    We want you to have fun, so we also have plenty of leisure and sporting activities for you to enjoy, improving your health and wellbeing
  • Preparing for your career

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    You'll have your own Learning Development Mentor (LDM) and Work Placement Officer, helping you create both academic and career plans.

    Thanks to our partnership with the University of Bolton, you'll also benefit from everything the University has to offer, with a range of opportunities to build additional skills and experiences, giving you everything you need to become a FUTURE SUCCESS in whichever field you choose!

    Exposure to employers is also an integral part of this programme – we'll seek to ensure that you have opportunities to gain real-word experience of your sector, either on short work experience or an extended Industry placement.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re an elite College, and part of the University of Bolton Group, offering you a gateway to all of Greater Manchester’s vast range of fantastic opportunities for specialist careers, university degree courses and higher Apprenticeships.

    We’ll reward your achievements with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre and the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    Our £75 million campus offers a refurbished fitness suite and sports hall; Apple Mac suites; libraries, a lecture theatre; hair and beauty salon; and a restaurant, café and canteen.

    You’ll also enjoy a wide range of events, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations
  • How to apply?

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    Click the yellow ‘Apply’ button on this page.

    You’ll be asked to set up a Learner Hub account so that you can track your application and enrol online. You’ll also be asked to book your interview for your course at the same time.

    If you have any difficulties setting up your Learner Hub account, please email
  • Open Events

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    Open Events are the best way to discover what life as a Bolton College student is like, giving you an insight into College life.

    Open Events at our Deane Road Campus are as follows:
    • Tuesday 17th October 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Wednesday 15th November 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Thursday 14th December 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Tuesday 6th February 2024, 5pm-8pm

    If you’d like to attend one of these events, register by visiting here
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 16:00
    15.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    72 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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