Year 1 Units
• Health and Safety in the Workplace
• Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
• Mechanical Principles and Applications
• Properties and Applications of Engineering
• Engineering Drawing for Technicians
• Electro, Pneumatics & Hydraulics
• Engineering Secondary & Finishing Technique
• Electronic Principles
• Fabrication Processes and Technology
Year 2 Units
• Engineering Project
• Communications for Engineering Technicians
• Further Mechanical Principles and Applications
• Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics
• Computer Aided Drafting in Engineering
• Applications of Mechanical Systems in
• Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
• Engineering Design
After 1 year you can achieve a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. This means you can apply for the Extended Diploma course (below).
After 2 years you can achieve a BTEC Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. This is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This means you can apply for university level courses in a variety of engineering disciplines, such as Production Engineering, Computer Aided Design and/or Manufacture, Structural Engineering, Corrosion Engineering, or enter the Oil, Gas or Petroleum Industry etc. You could also apply for the part time HNC at Northbrook College.
See UCAS tariff point values for these qualifications
1st year is written and practical course-work based with no on-line exams
Equipment & Materials Required:
Safety Boots £25
A4 Folder £3
Black Pens £3
2h Pencils/eraser/ruler £3
Spiral bound, hole punched, lined A4 notepad £2
Scientific calculator £10
Small Geometry Set £5
Approximate total: £26
What Past Students Say
Over the last two years I have developed my skills and knowledge both in the classroom and the workshop. I have really enjoyed the combination of classroom based learning as well as being able to learn new skills in the workshop.
During my time at Northbrook College I was thinking about the next stage of my life. Because I enjoy the workshop I wanted to find an option that would allow me to continue to gain valuable practical skills as well as work experience. Combining this with the classroom work that I would continue I found that an apprenticeship would be the best option.
Since last December I have been applying to many apprenticeships across the country. These include, AMG Mercedes, Ricardos, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems.
Near the beginning of this year I received an invitation for an interview with BAE systems at their Portsmouth naval base. I was very pleased to receive the offer and then started preparing.
BAE required a project and presentation to be brought along. This gave me an advantage because during my second year at Northbrook we had to produce a project. This gave me the ability to show what I had produced up to that point.
When talking about my project I focused on the main point of the course, being able to mix classroom learning and gaining workshop skills. When doing the interview it was apparent that the interviewers focused more on the skills and experience I had learned in the workshop compared to the classroom.
The main reason I chose the Btec over other courses is by doing the course I gained the skills before doing the apprenticeship. This meant that I could show what I already know which gave me the advantage over the other applicants. Many other applicants had gone through A levels with good grades but were unable to back that up with any practical experience.
Around 1 month later I received an email saying I had gained a spot on their apprenticeship programme to start in September this year.
Overall I think that this course at Northbrook College gave me the best opportunity to extend my skills and has put me in the best position to get a career in engineering.
BTEC Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering 2013-2015