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The BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering is a two year, full-time programme of study designed to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding required for success in a range of mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering occupations. The qualification is also suitable for learners who have not yet decided on a particular engineering specialism and who wish to gain a broader understanding of engineering. This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.
Students will gain a foundation in the core disciplines of mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering. College facilities are utilised to support project-based learning, including the Idea Centre in Omagh Campus with 3D printing and the latest prototyping technology, the Automation Centre in Dungannon Campus and CREST Centre in Enniskillen with Robotics and Manufacturing technologies..
Students will gain an understanding of industry standard equipment through exposure to our fully equipped Robotics and Hydraulics/Pneumatics Workshops.
Learners will also take part in our Career Builder programme to help prepare them for employment. This will include a period of work experience and additional activities to improve your problem solving and practical skills.
Please note certain modules are offered in specific individual campuses. These modules are subject to change.
Four GCSEs at grades A*-C including Mathematics or BTEC Level 3 Certificate in a related subject (Merit or Distinction grade) with Essential Skills Numeracy and Literacy at Level 2.
Entry is subject to a successful interview.
Projects, coursework, assignments and externally set assessments and examinations will offer opportunities to achieve Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria. Success will be tracked though the year to form a final grade, giving UCAS points in the same way as A Level grades.
This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and upon completion learners can choose to progress to Higher Education (Foundation Degree or Honours Degree courses) in areas such as: Mechanical Engineering; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Mechatronic Engineering; Computer Science.
Alternatively, learners may seek direct employment or progress to employment through the Higher Level Apprenticeship route (HLA). Common areas of employment include CAD Draughtsperson and Engineering Technician.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering progression pathways available in SWC include:
SWC also offers BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University) and BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University) (HLA) as progression, on successful completion of the Foundation Degree.
SWC Career Builder
Students on this course will undertake the SWC Career Builder Programme.
This gives learners the opportunity to taking part in projects, solving problems for clients, site visits, masterclasses, guest speaker’s events from industry representatives and a work placement. On completion of Career Builder, students will achieve an OCN NI Level 3 Award in Employability and Professional Development Skills (8 credits & 8 UCAS points).
SWC Career Builder aims to make students employable and not just qualified.
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