Level 3 Enhanced Engineering Programme - BTEC Option (Pre-Apprenticeship)

Start (w/c): 01/09/2020 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Nantgarw

Course Information

This course consists of the following accredited qualifications: • Level 3 60 credit Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations • Post 16 level 2 Welsh Baccalaureate • Essential Skills Wales qualifications in communications, application of number, and ICT at levels 2 or above • Key Skills qualifications in Improving Own Learning and Performance (IOLP) and Working With Others (WWO) at levels 2 or above

Because of the demanding content of this programme, the course is delivered over 30 hours per week. You will also be required to attend five weeks placement, working in an engineering environment. These periods will take place during half term holidays and the arrangements will be made by the college.

What Will I Learn?

For the Subsidiary Diploma you will study: Mechanical Principles; Mathematics; Health & Safety; Engineering Drawing; CNC Programming; and Computer Aided Design (CAD)

For the NVQ Diploma you will study Working safely in an engineering environment; carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively; using and communicating technical information; producing components using hand fitting techniques; preparing and using lathes for turning operations; and preparing and using milling machines

For the Welsh Baccalaureate you will explore a wide range of areas including how Wales fits in with Europe and the rest of the world, the health of the nation and how to be enterprising. The Welsh Baccalaureate also has a project element that can be based around your vocational area of study. The Essential Skills qualifications that you will acquire complement all parts of the programme

Entry Requirements

5 A* - C grades at GCSE including Maths/Numeracy, English/Welsh & Science or another Level 2 qualification with the appropriate selection and grades of units. It is also mandatory that you pass an entry examination


All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Higher Education Fees for courses starting September 2020 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2020.


You will be required to purchase Uniform (T Shirt and Trousers), safety boots & safety glasses (approx £55). Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied.

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Career Progression

  • On successful completion of this course previous learners have progressed into careers in many engineering disciplines. Many learners progress onto level 3 Diplomas in Engineering. There is a clear route through to incorporated and chartered status. Level 3 Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education institutions.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Chemical scientist

    Average salary: £32,604

  • Science, engineering or production technician n.e.c.

    Average salary: £21,294

  • Building or civil engineering technician

    Average salary: £24,044

  • Engineering technician

    Average salary: £31,044

  • Quality control or planning engineer

    Average salary: £31,122

  • Engineering professional n.e.c.

    Average salary: £34,028


Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.


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