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Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved the Year 1 of the Diploma in Engineering to progress to the full Extended Diploma.


One year.

What will I study?

Building on the units you have studied in Year 1 you will continue to develop further understanding and skills across a range of engineering disciplines, studying both theory and industry practice. 

A substantial part of Year 2 is to carry out a ‘design and make’ project with a ‘mechatronics’ theme; combining both mechanical and electronic engineering skills.  This will also develop the wider skills of project management, research & analysis, communication and problem solving. 

Alongside this you will also study optional units which may include:

  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Computer Numerical Control
  • Team Working in Engineering Environments
  • PLCs (Programme Logic Controllers)
  • Analogue Devices and Systems
  • Features & Applications of Electrical Machines
  • Pneumatic/Hydraulics

In addition, anyone who is considering higher education must also study the ‘Further Maths’ unit as part of their programme.

How will it be assessed?

As with the Year 1 of the Diploma, assessments are completed throughout the year by completing a series of assignments.  Each of the units you will study will have 3-4 assignments to complete for you to demonstrate your understanding of the unit.


Please note that students will need to provide their own Personal and Protective Equipment e.g. steel toe capped boots and overalls. You will not be allowed into the workshops without these.

What could it lead to?

This course will help you progress to higher education (onto a HNC/HND or Degree programme), onto an advanced or higher apprenticeship, or employment in engineering. It is always important to fully investigate the entry requirements for Engineering Degree programmes as many will require the BTEC Further Maths unit and/or A Level Maths.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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