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EDX BTEC Higher National Diploma in Engineering for England (HTQ) LLE Mechatronics and Digital Principles


The Life-Long Learner unit offer provides learners with the opportunity to study two-units from the Higher National Certificate (HTQ) offer. At this level students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the engineering sector through two specialist units totaling 30 credits. Developed to meet needs of local employers as identified in the most recent Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP). These modules have been made available as part of a Department for Education pilot scheme around Learner Loan Entitlement and provides opportunity for learners to understand what it is like to study at level 4.
Unit 4006: Mechatronics
Unit 4020: Digital Principles
Graduates successfully completing the course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the concepts of electrical electronic engineering and mechanical knowledge underpinning these concepts of engineering. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately, and they will have the qualities of personal responsibility needed for employment. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent working with growing fault-finding and problem-solving strategies, and organisational awareness.
Special features of this programme include:
In May every year the college displays student project work to local enterprise groups, employers, universities and the local Gatwick Diamond community as part of Sussex’;s STEMfest programme.
At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to celebrate your achievement with a full graduation ceremony at Chichester Cathedral.
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 electrical electronic. 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) in to its curriculum. The college also operates a large workshop space to support all learners’; to develop their practical hand skills. This area includes Lathes milling and CNC machines and is used to create, conduct testing and inspection, explore meeting tolerances as part of problem solving existing engineering problems.
Institute of Technology
Crawley College is welcoming the new Institute of Technology (IoTs). The IoT is a collaboration between Further Education (FE) providers, Universities and employers. It will allow the college to specialise further in delivering higher technical education (at Levels 4 and 5). The aim of the IoT to address local and regional skills shortages at levels 4 & 5 in STEM subjects, Widen participation into Higher Education.
The IoT will deliver outstanding vocational education. The goal of vocational education is to enable people to do things in the workplace; it is not enough to be able to write or talk about such things (as might be the case in more general education). This is supported by an effective vocational pedagogy that is the sum total of the many decisions which the vocational teachers on the course take as they teach. Context in vocational education will consider the dual settings of both workplace and educational institution. Lecturers will employ a range of methods of delivery and assessing vocational topics. Success will be achieved through meeting 4 aims.
1. Master the fundamentals. Students will have experience of using their skills to the fullest and master the fundamental aspects of their vocation.
2. Learners will be proficient in using tools and equipment. The best tradespeople and artisans have an excellent knowledge of how to use their tools and equipment.
3. Transferability. A skill may be taught in one setting with a view to being largely applied in another, often in a move from college to workplace. This includes ensuring that what is learned theoretically in one context is applied effectively in another, and how best learners can be taught so that they can prompt themselves to use skills learned in one context when they need them in another.
4. Learn from your mistakes. It is important when working in a profession, you learn by doing, and chances are that you’re going to make mistakes. It’s important to learn quickly from such issues to avoid problems with customers and clients.
The impact of applying these aims is that graduates will be able to demonstrate:
• Routine expertise (being skilful, confidence, coordination, and having manual dexterity)
• Resourcefulness (stopping to think and deal with the non-routine, problem-solving skills, diagnostic skills)
• Functional literacies (communication, literacy, numeracy, and ICT)
• Craftsmanship (attention to detail, vocational sensibility; aspiration to do a good job; pride in a job well done)


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have one of the following.
Two A-levels in Maths and another technical subject.
Level 3 Diploma in Engineering with at least a merit
A suitable level 3 apprenticeship in Engineering.
Appropriate work-based knowledge and competency.


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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