Level 3 National Extended Diploma Digital Manufacturing (Computer Engineering)

This qualification is for learners interested in pursuing a dynamic career in Manufacturing, Engineering & Computing. The Manufacturing, Engineering and Computing industries are currently going through a 4th Industrial Revolution in the form of a Digital Transformation, where the physical machines that make the everyday products we all want and need share the digital data produced with other machines and computer systems. The 4th Industrial Revolution is a fusion of existing and new technologies, this course has been designed for learners to gain relevant skills and transferrable knowledge through studying a range of units relating to current Engineering and Computing technologies while leading towards more advanced topics such as The Internet of Things, Cloud Computing & Analytics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing and many more.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 11013
Campus: Downpatrick, Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Manufacturing & General Engineering
Course Overview

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Computer Engineering has primarily been designed for learners who want to pursue a career in computer engineering, and who want to be able to collaborate across and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in other branches of engineering. They can either progress directly to an apprenticeship or to employment as an engineering technician or can choose to progress to higher education to study for an engineering degree. It is equivalent in size to three A Levels at 1080 GLH and is intended to be a Tech Level qualification.

You will attend college a minimum of 16.75 hours per week.

Subjects studied may include:

  • Engineering Principles
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely
  • Engineering product Design and Manufacture
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Programmable Logic Controllers

Subjects studies in year 2 include:         

  • Microcontroller Systems for Engineers         
  • A Specialist Engineering Project        
  • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems         
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing and planning
  • Computer System Principles and Practice
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Networks
  • Industrial Robots         

In addition to the above units you will also work towards a Professional/ Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability within the Engineering sector.

There is also a two week work experience in year 2 of the programme.

You will be required to complete Essential Skills ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C.

You wish to pursue a career in computer engineering, and want to be able to collaborate across and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in other branches of engineering.

Assessment for this programme is carried out on a continuous basis using a combination of written assignments and practical assessments for 15 units. Engineering Principles and Engineering Product Design and Manufacture will require an external exam in year 1.

In year 2 Microcontroller Systems for Engineers will be externally examined.

 The practical focus of this course and the industry standard equipment and machinery.

This qualification supports progression to job opportunities in the engineering sector at a variety of levels. Jobs that are available in these areas include:

  • engineering operative
  • manufacturing operative
  • semi-skilled operative
  • engineering technician
  • electronics technician
  • IT support technician
  • mechatronics technician.  

This qualification also supports those following an apprenticeship in engineering who are looking to work and progress in the engineering sector as an engineering technician or as an engineering operative.

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, must include English and Maths (B in Maths is preferred). 1 of the other GCSEs should be in a STEM subject area.  

Or a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (Merit) plus Level 2 Essential Skills in Numeracy and Literacy.

An interview is required before enrolling on the programme and there will be a short entry test on the day of enrolment to ensure that you are ready for the course. 

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