BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board: Edexcel

2 years

Equivalent to: 1 A level

Course Content:

  • Accessing some highly specialist units and topics which will help you develop the skills you need to start or progress to a career in Engineering.
  • Gaining the ability to use tools and machines to manufacture components  to a high standard
  • Learning and using computer aided design and manufacturing resources to visualise, test and ultimately manufacture parts.
  • Using professional software to design and test electronic circuits
  • Learning about industrial practices and the influences of business in engineering.
  • Learning how to design outcomes to have a reduced impact on the environment.
  • Planning, organising and reviewing your work on an ongoing basis.


100% course work: - Theoretical and practical assignments in each unit 

Studying at Alton College:

Practical work is just one element of the course.  Most lessons will be taught in our new state-of-the art Sonardyne Technology Centre. This has an electronics lab, CAD room and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. For much of your time on the course you will be carrying out assignment based projects. Indeed all of the units you cover are assessed by coursework type projects and tasks. 

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4.  Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

Course costs:

£29 for textbook .

£30 for materials and resources

Engineering works well with:


Product Design