BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering


The BTEC Mechanical Engineering course leads to a nationally-recognised Level 3 Certificate and will put you on the road to become a trainee mechanical engineer in a number of different fields.

Mechanical engineering is a field with almost limitless opportunities. It's all about the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of just about anything with moving parts. Our BTEC Mechanical Engineering course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to enter a field which can see you gaining mechanical engineering jobs in transport, health, defence, manufacturing, entertainment, building and even the space industry.

You will learn the basic principles of mechanics and the theory and practice of mechanical engineering in the context of simple machines. You will also examine the ways in which various forces can affect motion.

The BTEC Mechanical Engineering course will teach you about thermodynamics and its various applications in mechanical engineering, as well as the way they interact with each other.

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Course Content

Applications of Mechanical Systems in Mechanical  Engineering

  • This unit examines lubricant types and lubrication systems. Pressurised systems often require seals and gaskets to contain the lubricants and other working fluids. Rotating parts require bearings and mechanical systems incorporate fixing devices to hold the various components in position. A range of seals, bearings and fastenings is also covered.  A prime purpose of mechanical systems is to transmit motion and power. There are many ways in which this can be achieved and this unit examines a range of power transmission systems and components. You are introduced to a range of plant equipment and systems, which includes an overview of hydraulic and pneumatic systems, steam plant, refrigeration and air conditioning plant and mechanical handling equipment.

Applications of Thermodynamic Principles

  • Thermodynamics is the study of thermal energy production, its transfer and conversion into more useful forms.  We are reliant on fossil and nuclear fuels for most of our energy needs and this is likely to be the case for many years to come. This unit will address the basic laws concerned with the expansion and compression of gases and associated thermal energy transfer and work done will be introduced. These will then be applied to quantify the thermal energy transfer and work done that occurs in closed and open thermodynamic systems.

Advanced Mechanical Principles and Applications

  • This final unit provides an opportunity for investigative, relevant and active study that will enhance your ability to solve Mechanical  engineering problems.  Firstly, the unit will broaden your knowledge of stress analysis to include stress due to bending, stress due to torsion and the effects of two-dimensional and three dimensional loading.  Additionally, the concept of simple harmonic motion is introduced and expressions are derived for its parameters. These are then applied to freely vibrating systems such as mass-spring systems and the simple pendulum.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the BTEC Mechanical Engineering course, you must be over 16 and should be educated to at least GCSE standard A*-C or equivalent in Mathematics and Physics.

Where will I go from here?

Once you've completed the BTEC Mechanical Engineering course, you'll hold an industry-recognised qualification that can take you into a trainee mechanical engineer role. Alternatively, you can progress to further study and enter the industry at a higher level.

What will I gain?

On completion of the BTEC Mechanical Engineering course, you'll receive the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Engineering (Specialist: Mechanical).


During your BTEC Mechanical Engineering course, you'll complete both progress tasks (formative assessments) and summative assessments. Each of the three units contains three progress tasks that you all have to complete and pass with at least a 50% pass mark before the final unit assessment is released to you.  Therefore, there are nine progress tasks and three final unit assessments for the BTEC Mechanical Engineering course in total.

The unit assessments are on the following topics:

  • Assignment 1: Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
  • Assignment 2: Applications of Thermodynamic Principles
  • Assignment 3: Advanced Mechanical Principles and Applications

Each assignment question may ask you to either write a short essay (of several paragraphs) or perform a calculation. You may also be asked to complete a report, including diagrams.  Study the grading criteria for each assessment prior to completion to ascertain what is required for each paper.

Assignments should be sent to us online via the ICS Learn Student Community: it's the fastest way to receive your results.

What will I get?

Because we're experts in home learning, we offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll receive study materials that have been specially designed for distance learning by experts in your chosen field.

As a BTEC Mechanical Engineering student, you'll receive the complimentary textbook: Principles of Mechanical Engineering alongside Tables on the Thermophysical Properties of Water.

You'll have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

You'll also be part of our online Student Community, where you'll have access to activities to help with your learning and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work and ask questions.

Payment Options

You can either pay for your BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Engineering course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

Speak to one of our course advisors now for more information on our payment plans.

Additional fees

There are no exam fees for our BTEC Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Mechanical Engineering course but you will need to pay a registration fee to Edexcel of £109.44.

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  • Hours of Study 180 hours
  • Course Code W31
  • Study Period 12 months
  • Support Period 12 months

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