Modern life depends on engineers to develop, support and control the products and systems that are all around us. For example, cars, heart rate monitors and manufacturing and transport systems. To make a contribution as an engineer you must be able to draw on an important range of principles developed by early engineering scientists, such as Newton, Young, Faraday and Ohm. There is an increasing demand for ‘multi-skilled’ engineers who can apply principles from several engineering disciplines to develop solutions. This course provides a general engineering education through a range of units. Most of the assessment is through tasks and assignments, which are always set in a vocational context giving you deeper understanding of the Engineering industry. Some of the content draws on students’ maths and physics skills and knowledge and students are expected to be confident in these areas.

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What will I study?

There are mandatory units in Health and Safety, Electronics, Mathematics and Mechanics. Additional units that are currently delivered are CAD drawing, Electronics, Robotics and Design, amongst others. These can vary year to year.

Students will also be expected to undertake a period of work experience, approx 2 weeks over the 2 years, which is arranged by the student.

Hobbies and interests with engineering links e.g. motor bike maintenence, steam engines, remote control vehicles or drawing are very useful for career progression and support applications to degree and increasingly apprenticeships.

How will I learn?

Students will learn a variety of theoretical principles, with an element of practical application of theory in a project. There are also mandatory  units on health and safety, and working in teams. There will be a number of key visits that will link to the assignments.

How will I be assessed?

  • Written coursework, approximately 3 assignments per unit. Some units may ask for students to do presentations.

Are there any trips on this course?

Students usually visit local  engineering employers a couple of times a year. They will be asked to contribute towards the cost of transport.

Are there any extra costs?

£15 to cover the cost of materials and hardware costs for Unit 2.  This can be paid via wisepay. Approx £20 for trips.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

Grade 5 Maths.

What work experience opportunities are there?

Students are expected to arrange and undertake 1 to 2 weeks of work experience over the 2 years.

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Is there much practical work on this course?

Some units have a practical element but most of the work is theoretical. Most assignments require written or calculated answers. Students should be aware that engineers require excellent numeracy skills and a good understanding of maths is essential to success in this qualification.

Practical aspects will be in Electronics, Drawing and the Project.

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Do universities accept BTEC Courses?

Yes, they are all given UCAS points but some institutions/courses have very specific entry requirements and may require particular A-levels. Check on the UCAS website if you have a particular institution or course in mind.

If you are considering studying engineering at university, it is strongly advised that you study the full A-level in Maths alongside engineering, as this is an entry requirement at degree level. Some universities may also require A-levels Physics or Further Maths.

Does this course involve work experience?

Work experience (or relevant part time work) can be a really valuable experience and contribute greatly to any application so it is good to plan on doing something to enhance your CV. It is a mandatory part of the course that the student undertakes 1 -2 weeks of work experience over the 2 years.