Engineering BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3 - Electrical/Electronic Engineering pathway
From the minute we awake to an alarm clock, to the music we listen to, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the transportation we use, the roads and bridges we use, and the buildings we all inhabit; every aspect of our daily life involves engineering in some form. Engineers are the inventors and problem-solvers of our everyday world, they shape our society and they influence and develop the environment and technology of our future.
One alumni commented "My experience at the college provided me with an excellent grounding in the subject and I would recommend it to anyone thinking of pursuing a career in the industry. My tutors were a huge support throughout and the course was the perfect foundation for progressing onto an apprenticeship or degree course" - Joanna Duraj, Degree Apprentice at Bentley Motors, who achieved Triple Distinction Star.
The role of electrical and electronic engineers is of particular relevance in today’s challenging world of energy shortage and global warming. They design and develop innovative and renewable energy solutions and the supporting transmission infrastructure to deliver power where it is needed. Low carbon renewable technologies, such as fuel cells, wave power generators and wind turbines are being designed by power systems engineers while electronic engineers develop the sensing, control and communications systems to guarantee their safe and efficient operation.
You’ll be taught by a team of highly qualified lecturers, many to PhD level, who bring their academic and industry expertise and experience into the classroom having worked on technical/engineering projects for organisations ranging from Airbus and BAE SYSTEMS to the British Heart Foundation.
You will be able to hear first hand from industry experts, engineers, university academics and former students who visit the college to give seminars on the latest engineering and technological developments in industry and academia. Moreover, to give you a taste of what’s on offer beyond life at college.
This is what some of our former students say: A former student, who progressed to the University of Birmingham to study a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering with Business Management says “The course is fantastic if you are an aspiring Engineer. A Levels were too broad for my liking, and completing this BTEC gave me focus and ambition for my future. The skills I developed have proven useful in professional situations and at University. The content that I was taught at BTEC still comes in handy even though I am in the final year of my degree! And most of all, the staff are brilliant, I feel privileged to have been taught by them, they are passionate, supportive, very organised and inspire students to do well.”
Another former student, who progressed to the University of Liverpool to study a BEng (Hons) in Avionics Systems Engineering comments "The Engineering department at the college truly makes you feel like an engineer in training and ensures a great balance of practical and theoretical work. The lecturers teach you to be capable of working independently as well as performing well during team tasks. With this excellent method of teaching I obtained the best grade possible and it enabled me to gain a place at a Russell Group University to do a degree in Avionic Systems Engineering and I wouldn't have it any other way."
Staff profile – Dr. Steve Grice, Head of School of Engineering:
I joined the college as a Lecturer in Engineering in September 2012 and was promoted to Assistant Curriculum Manager in September 2014 then Head of School in August 2017. Prior to joining the college I had spent time working in both industry and academia.
My higher education was obtained at Aston University (BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Photonics & Electronic Engineering), and I have also spent time as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Biomedical Engineering Research Unit at Aston University.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to be delivered online as much as possible.
What areas will I study?
Our teaching methods are varied and engaging, we fundamentally believe that you can’t read textbooks and become a good engineer. We holistically develop your skills and knowledge of engineering principles and then put that into practice in the laboratory. You’ll be building and testing electronic systems and proving that what you’ve learnt in the classroom works in the real-world! You will study a range of electrical and electronic engineering units.