West Thames College London

Manufacturing Engineering - BTEC Level 3 Diploma

This two-year course (equivalent to 3 A Levels) focuses on aspects of engineering from the manufacturing sectors. It is based in our modern engineering workshops at the Feltham Skills Centre, where you will learn specialist skills and knowledge related to managing engineering projects, CAD, CAM, CNC, electronics, welding and with an additional opportunity to study theory of flight. There will be an engineering project in the second year.

The Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels and the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. This program can lead to higher education or apprenticeship.

Key course features

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 02 September 2014

Who is this course for?

Advanced students who want to work in engineering or manufacturing, including areas such as:

  • Semiconductor processing
  • Electrical or mechanical production engineering
  • Mechanical or manufacturing engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Welding and fabrication
  • Materials science.
About the course

In the first year you will study:

  • Health and Safety
  • Maths
  • Business
  • Engineering Drawing
  • CAD
  • Machining
  • Metallurgy
  • Theory of Flight.

In the second year you will study:

  • Engineering Project
  • Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices
  • Further Mathematics
  • Welding Principles
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Theory of Flight.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Additional opportunities
Industrial and educational visits and trips will give you the chance to see the types of work engineers do and think about the engineering career that you might be interested in.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be based on completion of assignments and set coursework which go together to produce your final portfolio.
Where next?
HND or BSc degree at university, or find employment or an advanced apprenticeship in design, planning, drafting, welding and fabrication, finishing, machining, semiconductor processing or electrical and mechanical production engineering.
Entry requirements
At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including maths, science and technology, or a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 (such as the BTEC Diploma in Manufacturing) with functional skills in English and maths. You must have some practical workshop experience. You may also be required to take an initial assessment test. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email ciag@west-thames.ac.uk.

Tuition Fee: £1600

There may be additional fees for materials, course kits, exams and DBS checks. International students pay different fees. Please contact the college’s Information Centre on 020 8326 2020 for more info.

This course may be free if you are:
  • aged under 19
  • aged 19-23 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification
  • aged 19-24 and have Additional Learning Support needs over £6,000.

If you are over 24 you may be eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Sorry, we are no longer accepting online applications for courses starting September 2014. However, if places are still available, you can come to the college to have an interview and enrol at the same time. Please contact an advisor to check whether any places are available. Call 020 8326 2020 now. Online applications for 2014-15 will be open soon.


  1. Sabina Enu-Kwesi

    City & Guilds Level 2 Manufacturing

    Sabina Enu-Kwesi

    “We get so much help and you never feel like you’re wrong – you’re just learning. I feel like I’m making progress every day and I’m getting better and better at what I do. I had the opportunity to do some work experience at British Airways in the servicing and repairs department which encouraged me to work harder to achieve my goal of becoming a civil engineer.”


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