West Thames College London

Manufacturing Engineering - Level 3

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 West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre, Feltham 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


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

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 / grades 9-4 including maths or a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for students under 19 years. If you are over 19 you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. 

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

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Sabina Enu-Kwesi

    Engineering student

    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.”

  2. Susan Thapa

    BTEC Level 2 Engineering

    Susan Thapa

    "In the future, if I do well I would like to become an engineer. I'm more interested in the design side and I enjoy using CAD so I would probably specialise in this area. The good thing about the course is I can learn the basics and then choose what to specialise in later."


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