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Engineering BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate

Most structures like bridges and railways and all domestic, electrical and industrial products, are the result of the work of engineers. Also included are aircraft and motor vehicles. They are the work of designers and production engineers. They use science, mathematics, computers and many other special techniques to achieve these results. This course aims to provide opportunities for you to develop some of the skills, knowledge and understanding which you will need for the first steps towards a career in engineering.


Exam Board: Pearson



  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code XA0EP / 10001

    Start Date September

    How long is the course? 1 Year(s)

  • What will I study and learn?

    You will study many aspects of engineering, which relate to the design of products and the way industry works. This will give you a good grounding in the following mandatory units (units that you must take).

    • Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering  This unit aims to give you an understanding of statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements to enable you to work safely, efficiently in engineering.
    • Interpreting and Using Engineering Information This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills needed to use engineering information such as drawings and working instructions to carry out manufacturing or engineering process operations.
    • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians   Here you will learn the underpinning knowledge and have the opportunity to solve engineering problems using mathematical techniques.

    Plus you will take the following optional units:

    • Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering  Here you will explore the scientific concepts and principles associated with electrical and mechanical engineering.
    • Electronic Devices and Communication Applications This unit provides you with the knowledge of electronic systems and components and the skills to construct and test a range of analogue and digital electronic circuits. You will also gain an understanding of electronic communication systems.
    • Selecting and Using Secondary Machining Techniques to Remove Material  Here you will explore, select and use appropriate secondary machining techniques to remove metal.
    • Application of Welding Techniques This unit teaches you the skills you need to safely carry out a range of welding techniques. You will also test welded joints for defects and irregularities.
    • Electronic Circuit Construction   Here you will learn to select electronic components for a given function, read circuit diagrams and construct simple electronic subjects.
  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through a combination of practical assignments, written assignments and external exams.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    Depending on your GCSE results, you will study functional skills and retake GCSE maths (higher tier) if you do not have a grade C (higher tier). If you have already achieved this, you will retake GCSE English if you have not obtained a C grade.

    To progress on to a level 3 engineering course you must achieve a GCSE C grade in maths (higher tier).

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    If you have an interest in technology and would like to acquire a greater understanding of the principles that help engineers and technicians solve practical problems, then the course would be a good introduction.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You should have:
    at least four GCSEs at grade D which should include maths, English and double science at a minimum of grade D.
    a pass in all the units of a level 1 diploma in an appropriate subject with maths and English at a minimum of grade D.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The course is an ideal preparation for a level 3 course in engineering, science, computing or construction. However, to progress to any of these you will need to gain at least a merit or distinction in the level 2 diploma (with a GCSE grade C in maths (higher tier) for engineering and GCSEs in English/maths at specific grades for construction, science and computing). The course also provides an excellent basis for entry to a wide range of jobs in engineering to include apprenticeships.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    Safety boots, clothing and materials will cost £85. Drawing instruments and a scientific calculator will cost approximately £50. A textbook will be approximately £20 if you want to buy your own. There will also be fares for visits.

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