Engineering Mechanical/Electrical (Mechatronics) Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This two year study programme starts in September 2019.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Plus maths at grade 5 or above OR Level 2 in Engineering Technology
  • Good personal reference demonstrating acceptable level of attendance and commitment to hard work
  • Interview and assessment

You will achieve

Year 1: Extended Certificate in Engineering

Year 2: Diploma in Engineering

Course overview

Mechanical engineers develop and design components and machinery used in many industries like manufacturing, construction, water, power, health and transport. They also manage teams of technicians and craftspeople who carry out installation and maintenance work. If you are technically minded, good at maths and science, and like solving problems, a professional career in engineering could be a great move for you.

Electrical engineers design, build and maintain electrical control systems, machinery and equipment. If you are good at maths, science and IT, and you want a career in engineering, this could be an ideal option for you. You will need to be good at solving problems, structuring your workload and enjoy working as part of a team.

The course combines both areas to provide learners with the best possible skills and knowledge for Further Education and/or Employment

Course content

Year 1 you will study the Level 3 Extended Certificate and successful learners from year one will go onto the second year to study the Level Diploma in Engineering.

Extended Certificate: Year 1


  • Maths (Mechanical Principles)
  • Mechanical principles
  • Engineering drawing


  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Installation of electrical equipment
  • Electrical Testing and commissioning
  • Building electrical maintenance

Level 3 Diploma (Year 2)

You will study both mechanical and electrical engineering themes in:


  • Manufacturing systems technology
  • CNC machining
  • Computer aided design
  • Maths


  • Organisational efficiency and improvement
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Installation of electrical equipment
  • Electrical testing and commissioning

Assessment is by a combination of portfolio work and two exams.

You will require a ring binder, a scientific calculator, textbook and general stationery.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre
Old Mill Lane
S70 2LA

Employment: This course can form the foundations for future study and work in this industry. You could work in a range of engineering areas such as manufacturing, designing, nuclear or military engineering.

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Education: Many students progress onto higher level qualifications such as a Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/HND)

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Engineering Mechanical/Electrical (Mechatronics) Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma Full-time

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