PearsonBTEC Level 3 NationalExtended Certificate inEngineeringSpecificationFirst teaching from September 2016First certification from 2017Issue 7
PearsonBTEC Level 3 NationalExtended Certificate inEngineeringSpecificationFirst teaching September 2016Issue 7
Edexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualificationsEdexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualifications are awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding bodyoffering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked.For further information, please visit our qualifications website at qualifications.pearson.com.Alternatively, you can get in touch with us using the details on our contact us page atqualifications.pearson.com/contactusAbout PearsonPearson is the world's leading learning company, with 35,000 employees in more than 70 countriesworking to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning.We put the learner at the centre of everything we do, because wherever learning flourishes, so dopeople. Find out more about how we can help you and your learners at qualifications.pearson.comThis specification is Issue 7. Key changes are sidelined. We will inform centres of any changes tothis issue. The latest issue can be found on our website.References to third-party material made in this specification are made in good faith. We do notendorse, approve or accept responsibility for the content of materials, which may be subject tochange, or any opinions expressed therein. (Material may include textbooks, journals, magazinesand other publications and websites.)ISBN 978 1 446 95127 9All the material in this publication is copyright Pearson Education Limited 2019
WelcomeWith a track record built over 30 years of learner success, BTEC Nationals are widely recognisedby industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provideprogression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Proof comes fromYouGov research, which shows that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTECqualifications. What’s more, well over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every yearand their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutesfor relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.Why are BTECs so successful?BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible,unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on theholistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able tosucceed in employment and higher education.When creating the BTEC Nationals in this suite, we worked with many employers, higher educationproviders, colleges and schools to ensure that their needs are met. Employers are looking forrecruits with a thorough grounding in the latest industry requirements and work-ready skills suchas teamwork. Higher education needs students who have experience of research, extended writingand meeting deadlines.We have addressed these requirements with: a range of BTEC sizes, each with a clear purpose, so there is something to suit eachlearner’s choice of study programme and progression plans refreshed content that is closely aligned with employers’ and higher education needs for askilled future workforce assessments and projects chosen to help learners progress to the next stage. This meanssome are set by you to meet local needs, while others are set and marked by Pearsonso that there is a core of skills and understanding that is common to all learners. Forexample, a written test can be used to check that learners are confident in using technicalknowledge to carry out a certain job.We are providing a wealth of support, both resources and people, to ensure that learners and theirteachers have the best possible experience during their course. See Section 10 for details of thesupport we offer.A word to learnersToday’s BTEC Nationals are demanding, as you would expect of the most respected applied learningqualification in the UK. You will have to choose and complete a range of units, be organised, takesome assessments that we will set and mark, and keep a portfolio of your assignments. But youcan feel proud to achieve a BTEC because, whatever your plans in life – whether you decide tostudy further, go on to work or an apprenticeship, or set up your own business – your BTECNational will be your passport to success in the next stage of your life.Good luck, and we hope you enjoy your course.
Collaborative developmentStudents completing their BTEC Nationals in Engineering will be aiming to go on to employment,often via the stepping stone of higher education. It was, therefore, essential that we developedthese qualifications in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies, businesses anduniversities, and with the providers who will be delivering the qualifications. To ensure that thecontent meets providers’ needs and provides high-quality preparation for progression, we engagedexperts. We are very grateful to all the university and further education lecturers, teachers,employers, professional body representatives and other individuals who have generously sharedtheir time and expertise to help us develop these new qualifications.Employers, professional bodies and higher education providers that have worked with us include:Cisco SystemsEngineering CouncilNetwork RailNottingham Trent UniversityParafixRoyal Academy of EngineeringUniversity of ExeterUniversity of Northampton.These qualifications have been approved by the engineering professional bodies on behalf of theEngineering Council as contributing to the requirements for professional registration as anEngineering Technician (EngTech).The professional bodies include:The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).In addition, universities, professional bodies and businesses have provided letters of supportconfirming that these qualifications meet their entry requirements. These letters can be viewed onour website.
Summary of Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate inEngineering specification Issue 7 changesSummary of changes made between the previous issue and thiscurrent issuePagenumberThe wording in Section 7 Teacher/centre malpractice has been updated to clarifysuspension of certification in certain circumstances.Page 191The wording under Section 9 Understanding the qualification grade has beenupdated to clarify current practice in ensuring maintenance and consistency ofqualification standards.Page 194Summary of Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate inEngineering specification Issue 6 changesSummary of changes made to Issue 6PagenumberA new unit, Unit 56: Industrial Robotics has been added to the Diploma andExtended Diploma qualifications.Page 13If you need further information on these changes or what they mean, contact us via our website s.html.
ContentsIntroduction to BTEC National qualifications for the engineering sectorTotal Qualification TimeQualifications, sizes and purposes at a glance123Structures of the qualifications at a glance10Qualification and unit content14Assessment14Grading for units and qualifications16UCAS Tariff points161 Qualification purpose172 Structure193 Units21Understanding your units21Index of units254 Planning your programme1755 Assessment structure and external assessment177Introduction177Internal assessment177External assessment1776 Internal assessment179Principles of internal assessment179Setting effective assignments181Making valid assessment decisions183Planning and record keeping1857 Administrative arrangements186Introduction186Learner registration and entry186Access to assessment186Administrative arrangements for internal assessment187Administrative arrangements for external assessment188Dealing with malpractice in assessment190Certification and results192Additional documents to support centre administration1928 Quality assurance1939 Understanding the qualification grade19410 Resources and support198Support for setting up your course and preparing to teach198Support for teaching and learning199Support for assessment199Training and support from Pearson200Appendix 1 Links to industry standards201Appendix 2 Glossary of terms used for internally-assessed units202
Introduction to BTEC National qualificationsfor the engineering sectorThis specification contains the information you need to deliver the Pearson BTEC Level 3 NationalExtended Certificate in Engineering. The specification signposts also you to additional handbooksand policies. It includes all the units for this qualification.This qualification is part of the suite of engineering qualifications offered by Pearson. In the suitethere are qualifications that focus on different progression routes, allowing learners to choose theone best suited to their aspirations.All qualifications in the suite share some common units and assessments, allowing learners someflexibility in moving between sizes. The qualification titles are given below.Some BTEC National qualifications provide a broad introduction that gives learners transferableknowledge and skills. These qualifications are for post-16 learners who want to continue theireducation through applied learning. The qualifications prepare learners for a range of highereducation courses and job roles related to a particular sector. They provide progression either bymeeting entry requirements in their own right or by being accepted alongside other qualificationsat the same level and adding value to them.In the engineering sector these qualifications are:Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Engineering (180 GLH) 603/1197/6Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering (360 GLH) 601/7584/9Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering (540 GLH) 601/7591/6.Some BTEC National qualifications are for post-16 learners wishing to specialise in a specificindustry, occupation or occupational group. The qualifications give learners the specialist knowledgeand skills, enabling entry to an apprenticeship or other employment, or progression to relatedhigher education courses. Learners taking these qualifications must have a significant level ofemployer involvement in their programmes.In the engineering sector these qualifications are:Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering (720 GLH) 601/7580/1Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (720 GLH)601/7579/5Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (720 GLH) 601/7583/7Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computer Engineering (720 GLH) 601/7578/3Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering (720 GLH) 601/7582/5Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (720 GLH) 601/7577/1Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering (1080 GLH) 601/7588/6Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering(1080 GLH) 601/7587/4Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (1080 GLH)601/7590/4Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Computer Engineering (1080 GLH) 601/7586/2Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering (1080 GLH)601/7589/8Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (1080 GLH)601/7585/0.This specification signposts all the other essential documents and support that you need as acentre in order to deliver, assess and administer the qualification, including the staff developmentrequired. A summary of all essential documents is given in Section 7. Information on how we cansupport you with this qualification is given in Section 10.The information in this specification is correct at the time of publication.Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering –Specification – Issue 7 – September 2019 Pearson Education Limited 20191
Total Qualification TimeFor all regulated qualifications, Pearson specifies a total number of hours that it is estimatedlearners will require to complete and show achievement for the qualification: this is the TotalQualification Time (TQT). Within TQT, Pearson identifies the number of Guided Learning Hours(GLH) that we estimate a centre delivering the qualification might provide. Guided learning meansactivities, such as lessons, tutorials, online instruction, supervised study and giving feedback onperformance, that directly involve teachers and assessors in teaching, supervising and invigilatinglearners. Guided learning includes the time required for learners to complete external assessmentunder examination or supervised conditions.In addition to guided learning, other required learning directed by teachers or assessors will includeprivate study, preparation for assessment and undertaking assessment when not undersupervision, such as preparatory reading, revision and independent research.BTEC Nationals have been designed around the number of hours of guided learning expected. Eachunit in the qualification has a GLH value of 60, 90 or 120. There is then a total GLH value for thequalification.Each qualification has a TQT value. This may vary within sectors and across the suite depending onthe nature of the units in each qualification and the expected time for other required learning.The following table shows all the qualifications in this sector and their GLH and TQT values.2Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering –Specification – Issue 7 – September 2019 Pearson Education Limited 2019
Qualifications, sizes and purposes at a glanceTitleSize and structureSummary purposePearson BTEC Level 3National Certificate inEngineering180
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE). In addition, universities, professional bodies and businesses have provided letters of support confirming that these qualifications meet their entry requirements. These letters can be viewed on our website. Summary of Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering specification Issue .
Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Business is a qualification with a minimum of 120 credits of which 60 are mandatory core. The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC programme must contain a minimum of 65 credits at level 4. Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND The Pearson BTEC Lev
Technology Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Information Technology First teaching 2016 Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2017) in Information Technology Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (2017) in Information Technology First teaching 2017 . Edexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualifications Edexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualifications are awarded by Pearson, the UK’s .
Qualification sizes for BTEC Firsts in the Business sector 6 3 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Diploma in Business 9 Rationale for the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Diploma in Business 9 4 Qualification structure 14 Qualification structure of the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Diplom
BTEC Level 4 HNC The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Business (QCF) is a qualification with a minimum of 120 credits of which 60 are mandatory core. The BTEC Level 4 HNC programme must contain a minimum of 65 credits at level 4. BTEC Level 5 HND The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Business (QCF) is a qualification with a
Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Automotive Engineering Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Automotive Engineering The BTEC HNCs (Higher National Certificates) are now at level 4 and are a minimum of 120 credits in size. They have been nested within the structures of the BTEC HNDs (Higher National Diplomas). BTEC HNDs are level 5 qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing (360 GLH) 601/7341/5 . Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Computing (510 G LH) 601/7343/9 . Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computing (720 GL H) 603/0445/5 . Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in C omputing (1080 GLH) 601/7342/7.
at the same level and adding value to them. In the business sector these qualifications are: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Business (180 GLH) 601/7155/8 . Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business (360 GLH) 601/7159/5 . Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business (510 GLH) 601/7161/3
4.2.1 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering 29 4.2.2 Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering 38 4.2.3 Meeting local needs (MLN) 57 4.2.4 Pearson BTEC Higher National Commissioned Development 58 4.3 Pearson-Set Units 59 4.4 The unit descriptor 60 4.5 Professional Body collaboration 63