Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering | WJEC Level 3 Extended Project | WJEC A-level Mathematics

If you are interested in a career in any branch of engineering, in particular refinery and storage, Ministry of Defence, higher apprenticeships in the Armed Forces and the mechanical industries, then this may be the course for you.

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On successful completion of this course, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to progress to university to study an engineering related discipline or to go onto an apprenticeship at advanced level leading to a higher apprenticeship in a supervisory capacity.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh, Mathematics, Numeracy and Science
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 2 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting
  • Two GCSEs at grade C or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy

Units to be studied to include:

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace – This unit will give learners an understanding of hazards and risks associated with health, safety and welfare in an engineering workplace, the associated legislation and regulations, and of their roles in complying with the related legal obligations. Learners will be required to undertake full risk assessments and to appreciate the significant risks encountered in the workplace and the measures taken to deal with them. They will study the principles of reporting and recording accidents and incidents, again within a legal context.
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians – This unit will give a foundation for employment in a wide range of engineering disciplines (for example manufacturing, maintenance, communications technology), in addition to giving a foundation for further study. It aims to develop learners’ ability to communicate using a diverse range of methods. These include visual methods, such as drawing and sketching, and computer-based methods, such as two-dimensional (2D) computer-aided design (CAD) and graphical illustration packages. It will also develop learners’ ability to write and speak in a framework of technology-based activities, using relevant and accurate technical language appropriate to the task and the audience.
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians – This unit enables learners to build on knowledge gained at GCSE and use it in a more practical context for their chosen discipline. Learning outcome 1 will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of algebraic methods, from a look at the use of indices in engineering to the use of the algebraic formula for solving quadratic equations. Learning outcome 2 involves the introduction of the radian as another method of angular measurement, the shape of the trigonometric ratios and the use of standard formulae to solve problems involving surface areas and volumes of regular solids. Learning outcome 3 requires learners to represent statistical data in a variety of ways and calculate the mean, median and mode. Finally, learning outcome 4 is intended as a basic introduction to the arithmetic of elementary calculus.
  • Computer-aided Drafting in Engineering – This unit will enable learners to produce a variety of CAD drawings, from single-part 2D components to complex 3D models. Advanced techniques, such as using pre-prepared symbols to construct circuit diagrams and assembly drawings, will provide opportunities for learners to develop their skills. Learners will investigate the use of CAD in industry, the hardware and software required and the links with other software packages. In doing this, learners will appreciate the advantages of CAD over more conventional methods of drawing production. Finally, learners will generate 3D models, make comparison with 2D CAD drawings and evaluate the impact of this technology on manufacturing companies and their customers.
  • Mechanical Principles of Engineering Systems – Learners are introduced to the behaviour of loaded engineering materials and the analysis of a range of static engineering systems. They will gain an understanding of dynamic systems through the application of Newtonian mechanics. Finally, they will deal with the effects of heat transfer, the expansion and compression of gases and the characteristic behaviour of liquids at rest and in motion.
  • Environmental Engineering and Sustainability – In this unit, learners will gain an understanding of environmental engineering and sustainability in their sector and will cover analyses that can be used to reduce the environmental impact of an engineering process, product or system.

In addition to your main programme you will also follow the new Destination Renewables programme, which is led by industry experts. It provides opportunities for learners to expand their knowledge, work independently and acquire new skills through a variety of activities which may include: guest speakers, workplace visits and practical experiences. The programme allows learners to progress on to a second year where they would study the WJEC Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – graded like an AS level it can provide additional UCAS points.

It may be possible to study A-level Mathematics alongside this course, subject to meeting the entry requirements (details can be found on the A-level course information sheet).

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

This course can lead to numerous career opportunities including: Tool Maker, Quality Control Technician, Mechanical Maintenance Engineer, Composites Manufacturer, Production Engineering Improver, Production Engineer, Machinist, Materials Testing Engineer, Designer, CAD Technician, Health and Safety Manager, Project Development Manager, Process Operator.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Technical drawing equipment - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • A scientific calculator
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 23/01/2024
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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