BTEC Extended Certificate in Engineering Level 3

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Code 124
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a two year course that offers an excellent progression from the BTEC Level 2 Engineering course. The full course consists of 4 units of work completed over two years. It is assessed internally and externally through project-based coursework assignments, including a range of practical tasks and presentations. In year 12 there are two units of study.  One is an internally marked piece of coursework and the other is a written exam. The coursework is built around the Greenpower electric car project as part of a national competition where students will attempt to design and build their own racing car working in teams.

This course aims to prepare students for the workplace by developing them as self-motivated individuals, who can confidently work independently using their practical knowledge of a wide range of engineering skills and apply critical thinking. Students work in groups throughout the duration of the course and will develop excellent team building and team working skills. They will produce professional presentations to potential sponsors and project manage their team’s entry in the national Greenpower electric car racing competition, attempting to reach the national finals in their second year.             


First Year

Unit 01: Engineering Principles

Unit 02: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team

Second Year

Unit 03: Engineering Product Design and Manufacture

Unit 10: Computer Aided Design in Engineering

How will it be delivered?

The full course consists of four units of work completed over two years with each unit building towards the final grade at the end of Year 13.  Unit 2 is assessed internally through project based coursework, as well as the observation of practical task and presentations.  In Year 12 there is a written exam that is externally assessed.  In Year 13 there is an internally assessed coursework project and an externally assessed controlled assement task.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 9-4 grades in GCSE Examinations including a Grade 5+ in Maths or a Merit+ in BTEC Level 2 Engineering

Your next steps...

This qualification aims to prepare students for the workplace and further study at university. The majority of Engineering Degree level courses require further A-levels in Maths and one of the Sciences. Students will develop transferable skills working in teams as well as individually, with the opportunity to specialise and pursue career paths in mechanical, motor-sport, electrical or architectural engineering.

Employers value this course for the range of practical skills students will develop in a wide range of fields in the engineering sector alongside a strong focus on developing their independent thinking and project management skills.

This course is suitable for anyone who has completed the BTEC Level 2 Engineering course and wants to develop their skills at the next level working in areas of specialism including Computer Aided Design, Electronics, Fabrication and Welding.

Working in teams, students will develop the design of their own electrical car working with CAD software used in industry.  You will be working to compete in the National Greenpower racing series and as a team will be responsible for the management of each aspect of the project.  This will involve business presentations to secure sponsorship for the best materials and equipment available as well as recruiting a team of drivers and pit crew for each race.  You will explore electrical and electronic theory in developing the management of your race batteries to optimise your car’s performance and consider aerodynamics during the fabrication of your car.