Engineering and Manufacturing

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 1/2 First Extended Certificate in Engineering or
  • Level 1/2 First Certificate in Engineering
  • English and maths at an appropriate level

The qualification gained will depend on which is the most appropriate for you after your initial six week review.

Summary of course

This course gives young people a broad understanding of engineering and its related sectors in industry. The employer-endorsed content is up-to-date and relevant, reflecting the blend of technical, interpersonal and project skills needed by someone who is thinking about a career in the engineering sector.

This course covers the basic knowledge and technical practical skills, providing a good foundation for future career or progression to a more advanced work related course or technician qualification. The pattern of attendance is usually four days per week.

This course is ideal if you have not studied Engineering before and would like to develop the skills required for a career in Engineering. It is particularly suitable if you want to gain a qualification and hands-on practical experience before starting an Apprenticeship.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units

  • The Engineered World
  • Investigating an Engineered Product

Mandatory Units

  • Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
  • Mathematics for Engineering

Specialist Units

  • Health and Safety in Engineering
  • Engineering Maintenance
  • Engineering Materials
  • Computer-aided Engineering
  • Machining Techniques
  • Electronic Circuit Design and Construction
  • Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Operation an Efficient Workplace
  • Computer Numerical Control Programming
  • Engineering Assembly

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Two units have Externally set exams.

All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

The course is ideal if you have an interest in either progressing onto a Level 3 BTEC Engineering or Level 3 BTEC Electrical/Electronic Engineering course and go on to University or those who wish to develop their practical and theoretical skills to enable them to work in the Engineering industry and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in engineering.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression from Level 2 Engineering courses to the Level 3 Engineering courses requires students to fully complete all of their Level 2 study programme within year including English and maths and work experience where required.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements preferrably including a Science subject and GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C)

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

All applicants are screened for Numeracy and Literacy.

Evidence of qualifications and/or expected grades will be required.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will need the correct PPE for workshops. You will need a scientific calculator and the recommended text book is: BTEC First Engineering from Pearson - ISBN 978-1-4469-0243-1

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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