Mechanical Engineering - Level 3 Triple Diploma


Course Code: EC1FE431



Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration
04/09/2023Bispham Campus2 Years / £4291.50Enquire  

Course Overview

Start your journey towards becoming a fully qualified Mechanical Engineer with the Level 3 Triple Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

Co-created with industry this qualification is aimed at learners preparing for roles in mechanical engineering e.g. mechanical maintenance technician, to allow you to develop the exact skills needed. There is a strong focus on experimental and practical techniques so you learn to apply your knowledge to real industry scenarios. You will also develop your analytical and problem-solving abilities. This is a challenging and exciting course, featuring work experience and delivered by enthusiastic expert tutors all keen to support you towards success.

This qualification is the equivalent of 3 A levels.

If you do not achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 4 or above in English and Maths

  • a successful interview with a tutor
  • the ability to study independently
  • a genuine interest in the subject
  • good communication skills
  • hardworking approach towards the industry

All 16-18 year old applicants will be invited to attend an interview to meet a tutor and ask any questions they may have about the course.

Qualification Obtained

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Essential Skills – English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Career Options and Progression

Upon completion of the course you will have achieved a Level 3 extended diploma which is the ideal starting point to move on to the next stage of your career.

By completing subsequent additional units you could then progress to a degree-level course, either at B&FC or at another institution.

Alternatively, you might choose to specialise in another area of engineering or even start work in the industry straight away. We have excellent relationships with a wide range of employers.

Assessment Methods

Equivalent to 3 A Levels.

15 units of which 7 are mandatory and 3 are external.

Mandatory content (56%).

External assessment (33%).

The first year consists of a general engineering start with progression to the specific subjects at the beginning of year 2. There are 3 units in the first year that are assessed by externally set and marked exams.

You will be in a classroom or workshop for approximately 15 hrs a week throughout all the first and second year, on top of this you will be expected to complete homework/assignments and work placement outside of these hours.

The specific modules are all assessed with assignments that will require both written and practical work to complete.

The specific units include:


  • Engineering Principle
  • Delivering Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • Specialist Engineering Project
  • Microcontrollers Systems for Engineers
  • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems

Optional subjects are varied and course related to meet the needs of the awarding body and industry, and student’s interests.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Most of the teaching and learning on this course takes place in our dedicated engineering suites and computer-based classrooms.

Our expert tutors understand that everyone learns in different ways so they use a range of teaching methods to enable everyone to achieve their potential.

These include plenty of practical activities, designed to develop your understanding of key engineering principles as well as your employability skills. Guest speakers from industry provide real life insight into your chosen career area.

Throughout the course, we will provide you with lots of individual support, including regular target setting and reviews to ensure you remain on track.

Timetabled hours per week total 13 and we will expect you to devote an additional 3 hours each week to independent study.

Practical sessions account for 60% of the taught element of this course and theory, 40%.

The course also features work experience in a relevant placement setting, study skills sessions and a personal tutorial.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

No specialist equipment required

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Pearson Education

Regulatory Body: Ofsted

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

Download Full Course Details

Contact us

If you're not sure which course to choose, see the qualifications and study programmes we offer.

And if you want to chat with one of our experts, we're here Monday to Friday:

Blackpool and The Fylde College
Disabled Confident Employer