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Mechanical Engineering BTEC Level 3 Diploma

This course will enable you to gain the mechanical engineering skills and knowledge required to progress onto a range of degree-level courses or start a career in the industry. If you are a trainee or an apprentice, this nationally recognised course equips you with the skills you need to develop your career in mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

Adam Seward

“The mechanical engineering course at the College is part of my training with a local engineering firm where I work on producing components for a wide range of sectors. The course works well as I get to study new things and principles about engineering and apply what I learn to my day-to-day job. Thanks to the course I feel a lot happier in work and life after the change of career.”

Adam Seward - Mechanical Engineering BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements

You need three GCSEs at grade C or above in Mathematics, Science and English, OR a First Certificate/Diploma in a related subject, OR an equivalent Level 2 qualification. If you are over 21, you may gain entry to the course subject to a successful interview, and will be considered individually on your experience rather than your qualifications.

Course content

During the course you can study a range of topics, including:

  • Business systems
  • Communications for technicians
  • Mathematics for technicians
  • Mechanical principles and applications
  • Engineering materials
  • Engineering drawing for technicians
  • Applications of mechanical systems and technology.

Assessment methods

Assessment is on a continuing basis and will include phase tests, assignments and presentations.

Further study and career options

Successful completion enables you to progress on to our Mechanical Engineering HNC or similar level qualifications.

Additional information

During the course, you will be required to attend for one day a week, for a period of two years. Additional study will be required outside of College.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 19/09/2016 Mon 8.30 am - 6.00 pm Launch our fee calculatorLaunch our fee calculator Cauldwell Street D1000 Course in progress

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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Advanced Learner Loans
If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £21,000 per year!

» Visit the Advanced Learner Loans page for more information

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