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Level 3

BTEC Level 3 in Engineering (Aeronautical, Electrical Electronic, and Mechanical)


The National Foundation Diploma is the first year of a two year BTEC course in Engineering. This course provides a strong foundation in engineering across multiple disciplines and allows learners to explore aeronautical, electrical electronic and manufacturing knowledge skills and practices. The course is for students who wish to progress into skilled Engineering employment or higher-level technical training or study. The main area of study covers both theoretical and practical learning with a focus on project-based learning. In year one you will study Engineering Principles, Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team, Engineering Product Design and Manufacture, Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering, Work Experience in the Engineering Sector, Electrical Machines and Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes. These units will give you a foundation to continue onto an aeronautical, electrical or manufacturing engineering extended diploma.

STEM building

The college has built a multi-million pound facility at Crawley College that puts the college at the cutting edge of training delivery in computing. The new building is home to a suite of modern teaching and interactive spaces, which integrate the use of technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) into its curriculum. One of the benefits of joining a large college group such as the Chichester College Group is that the Aeronautical provision has been working with colleagues at our Shoreham campus to provide wider resources for students to work on aircrafts within their hanger.


This course is suitable for candidates who have achieved their L2 in Engineering already, or who have significant knowledge and experience in the industry.

We would recommend apprentices have achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and Maths to study this qualification.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


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