In pursuit of excellence the Lincoln UTC Engineering Department's vision is to educate young people on what it means to be an engineer and the vital role engineers have in the design, development and implementation of new technologies. This is achieved by setting the highest standards in terms of work ethic, safety and application.

The Engineering Department aims to give students exposure to as much of the engineering spectrum as possible, highlighting the potential career pathways available to them while striving for academic excellence. Each assessed piece of work is linked to a real world scenario that is introduced by industry partners to give a sense of realism to all students work and help them to contextualise the skills they learn in the classroom within a real life work scenario.

The desire for sustainability is driving innovation – in novel engineering solutions, construction techniques, building design and power generation. Employers need staff with the skills and training to design, deliver and maintain these new technologies, and they tell us that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the right people. At Lincoln UTC we have developed an outstanding cohort of engineers and 100% have secured a role in education, employment or training. Our graduates are work ready and highly employable.

Engineering is concerned with the design, building, maintenance and use of machines, devices and structures. The discipline of Engineering is extremely broad and encompasses a range of specialised fields of engineering.

New technologies are playing an ever significant and influential role in our world. They are, for example, helping to address climate change, reduce our energy-based carbon footprint, improve the efficiency of cars and aeroplanes, develop new sources of energy, reduce the energy cost of daily life: the list is endless and as broad as the imagination of our graduates.

All of these technologies need people to develop them, apply them and maintain them – and all these people are engineers. This demand for Engineers and Computer Scientists means that jobs are plentiful and salaries are impressive. At Lincoln UTC we provide the best possible education to make a career in Engineering or Computing possible for our passionate and committed students.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering

Comprises of 15 units delivered over a 2 year period:

Unit 1 – Engineering Principles (M)
Unit 2 – Delivery of an Engineering process safely as a team (M)
Unit 3 – Engineering product design and manufacture (M)
Unit 4 – Applied Commercial and Quality principles in Engineering (M)
Unit 5 – A Specialist Engineering Project (M)
Unit 6 – Microcontroller Systems for Engineers (M)
Unit 7 – Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems (M)
Unit 10 -Computer Aided Design
Unit 21 – Electronic Measurement and Testing of Circuits (O)
Unit 22 – Electronic Printed Circuit Board Design and Manufacture (O)
Unit 24 – Maintenance of Mechanical Systems (O)
Unit 25 – Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials (O)
Unit 40 – Computer Aided Manufacture (O)
Unit 41 – Manufacturing and Secondary Machining Processes (O)
Unit 44 – Fabrication Manufacturing Processes (O)

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE grades A*-C/9-4, including Mathematics, English and Science.
An interest in pursuing a career in Engineering-related fields.


There may be an opportunity for some students to re-sit their English and Mathematics GCSE qualifications if they do not achieve a pass at GCSE. This will be discussed with individual applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Course Details

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering (3 A Level equivalent)
Extended Project Qualification (0.5 A Level) (optional)

Students will study general engineering in Year 1 and have the opportunity to specialise in either Mechanical Engineering or Electronics & Systems Control in Year 2.
Industry Projects and Visits
Business Awareness
Work Placements
There may be an opportunity for some students to re-sit their English and Mathematics GCSE qualifications if they do not achieve a pass at GCSE. This will be discussed with individual applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Other Courses

Students may wish to combine specialist Engineering A Levels in Electronics or Product Design with other A Levels such as Physics and Mathematics.

The A Level in Electronics will ensure that learners have the electronic and mathematical knowledge and electronic engineering skills to solve problems. This should enable learners to appreciate how many problems in society can be tackled by the application of the scientific ideas in the field of electronics using engineering processes.

The course will enable learners to:

  • develop essential scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of the behaviour of electrical/electronic circuits;
  • develop and demonstrate a deep understanding of the nature, processes and methods of electronics as an engineering discipline;
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills;
  • develop and learn how to apply observational, practical and problem-solving skills in the identification of needs in the world around them and the testing of proposed electronic solutions;
  • develop and learn how to apply creative and evaluative skills in the development and assessment of electronic systems to solve problems;
  • develop their interest in electronics, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with electronics.


The assessment process for the course is two written examinations and an extended system design and realisation task.

The A Level in Product Design will strengthen learners’ critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make prototypes/products that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.

This qualification will excite and engage learners with contemporary topics covering the breadth of this dynamic and evolving subject. It will create empathetic learners who have the ability to confidently critique products, situations and society in every walk of their lives now and in the future.

The Assessment process for this course is two written examinations and an iterative design project that counts for 50% of the final grade.

Curriculum Case Studies

Curriculum Case Study: Engineering

Students start their Maintenance module in our Engineering workshops, using a simple bicycle to understand the requirements of maintenance techniques. This is quickly developed to work in collaboration with Northrop Grumman and RAF Waddington who take the students’ appreciation of maintenance from the simple bicycle and apply it to complex aircraft maintenance. This unique opportunity may find our students on board aircraft, gaining a true appreciation of this highly skilled Engineering discipline.

Curriculum Case Study: Science

Lincoln UTC students are involved in the Greenpower challenge. Students in Years 12 and 13 are working with students from the University of Lincoln to design, build and race their Greenpower car in the national competition. Collaboration with university students also enables UTC students to appreciate the possible study pathways available at university. Our Year 12 and 13 students are also mentoring students in Years 10 and 11 as they build their own Greenpower car for the junior challenge, providing an opportunity for leadership and mentoring skills to be developed.