KS4 and KS5 Level 2 Engineering
Who are these qualifications for?

This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent in size to one GCSE designed in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering. It is aimed at pre-16 students working at level 2 who want to include a study of Engineering with a particular focus on engineering design and product development, as part of their broader Key Stage 4 curriculum and Key Stage 5 level 2 students. When taken as part of a balanced curriculum, there is a clear progression route to a level 3 academic or vocational qualification or an apprenticeship for those who want to take study of this subject further.
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering Design and Product Investigation

What will the student study as part of this qualification?

This qualification consists of three units. The units are designed to cover the knowledge, skills and understanding that employers and educators throughout the sector consider essential for this specialist application.

Investigating an Engineered Product – this unit will ensure students understand the performance requirements of an engineered product and the selection of specific materials for use in the components that make up an engineered product.

Interpreting and Using Engineering Information – this unit looks at how to interpret drawings and other documentation and enables students to use information from drawings and related documentation.

Engineering Design – this unit looks at the factors influencing the design of a new product, and how to develop a product design specification and prepare design proposals and design solutions that meet the requirements of a PDS.
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering Electronics and Computer Control Technologies
What will the student study as part of this qualification?

It includes three units that cover the fundamental knowledge and understanding for this specialist application.

The Engineered World – this unit introduces students to the world of engineering. They will investigate the processes used to manufacture modern products within different engineering sectors. They will also study some of the new developments in materials and engineering technology.

Electrical and Electronic Circuit Construction and Testing – In this unit students will construct and test electronic circuits so that they understand how they work. The unit looks at the basics of working safely by applying safe working practices in relation to electrical and electronic systems.

Computer Applications in Engineering – this unit investigates how technicians use computers when they carry out maintenance on engineering systems. Students will investigate how computers are used in industry to control processes and manufacturing, and why microprocessors are fitted to domestic appliances.
What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?

The subject-specific knowledge and skills outlined above and developed in studying this qualification will aid progression to further study of Engineering at Level 3 and give some initial preparation for entering the workplace in due course.

This BTEC First qualification also provides further opportunity to enhance and reinforce transferable skills in English through extended writing and mathematics with elements of physics in naturally occurring, relevant, work-related contexts. Communication skills are developed through presentations and in discussions where students have the opportunity to express their opinions.
Which subjects will complement this course?

This qualification is designed to be taken as part of a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. It is expected that students will take this qualification alongside GCSEs in EBacc subjects, as well as possibly two non-core GCSEs such as Design and Technology and business and/or other Key Stage 4 vocational qualifications in business and computing. Key Stage 5 students can progress to level 3 after completing these courses at a suitable standard.

What are the benefits of these qualifications to students?

The engineering sector offers huge potential for learners interested in the subject. The UK is currently regarded as a world leader in sectors including renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, creative industries, utilities, automotive, agri-food and bioscience. Engineers are fundamentally problem solvers. Their work influences our daily lives from making a telephone call, riding a mountain bike, flying in a plane, walking across a bridge and even wearing perfume or aftershave. They solve scientific and practical problems which affect all aspects of our lives underpinning economic activity and quality of life.

There are two suites of BTEC First Awards in engineering to choose from – the Level 1/ level 2 First Award in Engineering, and the three endorsed titles that make up the suite of engineering qualifications developed to replace the level 2 Principal Learning qualification.

This qualification is part of the suite developed in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering to replace the Principal Learning qualification in the Higher Diploma. Each of the three qualifications in this suite provides an opportunity to look in more detail at a different aspect of engineering than is possible in the standalone BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering.

The Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering Electronics and Computer Control Technologies allows students to focus on a particular aspect of the engineering sector, either individually as part of a broad learning programme, or in combination with other engineering qualifications.

It is not essential to take all three qualifications – students can choose to focus on one or more. This qualification focuses on electronics and computer control technologies, while the other two qualifications in the suite cover design and product investigation, and materials and manufacturing.
Practical Engineering Operations

This qualification involves the skills and knowledge needed to work effectively in an engineering environment, the ability to organise work and identify and prevent problems.
Stgudents must meet to be competent in a particular task. Achievement during this course will encourage an employee to value their contribution to the workplace, and it will develop their skills and potential.
What does this qualification cover?
• This qualification covers the fundamental skills and knowledge common to all engineering practices, including health and safety requirements and communicating engineering information. It offers an extensive choice and flexibility for learners to demonstrate competence in one or more of a broad variety of engineering activities
• Assessment is open to any learner who has the potential to reach the assessment requirements set out in the relevant assessment routes
• Progression to a range of Level 3 engineering qualifications and also into employment and Apprenticeships
Typical job roles include:
• Maintenance engineering,
• Fitting,
• Pipework,
• Milling/Turning/Grinding,
• Fluid power,
• Fabrication,welding,
• Electrical/electronic installation,
• Electrical/electronic servicing,
• Woodwork manufacture/assembly,
• Composite engineering,
• Casting,
• Metals processing


KS5 Level 3 Engineering

The engineering sector
Engineering is a dynamic sector, which offers huge potential for students. Engineering turnover was £1.1 trillion in the year ending March 2012, and it accounts for 24.5 per cent of the turnover of all enterprises in the UK. The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering sectors, including renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, creative industries, utilities, automotive, agri-food and bioscience. Between 2010 and 2020 engineering enterprises are projected to have 2.74 million job openings, including over 400,000 technician roles (as the predominantly ageing workforce in this area is expected to retire in this period).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering
Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education, and ultimately to employment, possibly in the engineering sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A level and aims to provide a coherent introduction to study of the engineering sector. Students need not necessarily have studied engineering previously, but will have successfully completed a level 2 programme of learning, with GCSEs or vocational qualifications.

What does the qualification cover?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted, in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate and consistent with current practice for students who choosing to enter employment directly in the engineering sector.

Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units, covering the following content areas:

Engineering principles
Mechanical principles
Product design
Engineering processes.


Students choose an option unit to support choices in progression to courses in HE, and to link with relevant occupational areas. They cover content areas such as:


Computer aided design
Pneumatic and hydraulic systems
Electronic devices and circuits

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering


The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering is intended as a Tech Level, equivalent in size to 3 A levels. It will normally be the only qualification in a two-year study programme, but is also designed to meet the Tech Bacc measure, when studied alongside level 3 mathematics and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Its size means it is particularly for students looking for a full-time course that specialises in the engineering sector, with a strong element of mathematics, and who have firm intentions of progressing to employment in one of the wide variety of roles available.


In addition, students choose a further eight option units to support choices in progression to relevant occupational areas, and to a range of sector-related courses in HE. They cover content areas such as:


Computer aided design
Pneumatic and hydraulic systems
Electronic devices and circuits
Computer programming
3D printing and rapid prototyping
Programmable logic controllers
CNC machining

All students taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course; for example, through industry practitioners contributing to the delivery and assessment of certain units. In addition, the qualification includes an optional work experience unit because all students can benefit from practical experience of the sector.



What could this qualification lead to?
Will the qualification support progression to further learning, if so, what to?

In addition to the engineering sector-specific content outlined above, the requirements of the qualification will mean students develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers. For example, when studying the Computer Aided Design in Engineering unit, students will be applying mathematical processes and practices to a design aspect of engineering. They will understand how design is critical to an engineering product or process, and how this impacts on company productivity and profitability by reducing waste.


The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses, if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, and it combines well with a large number of subjects. It will support entry to HE courses in a very wide range of disciplines, depending on the subjects taken alongside. However, for students wishing to study an aspect of engineering in HE, opportunities include:


BSc Hons in Electrical Engineering, if taken alongside A levels in Maths and a science subject (e.g. Physics)
BSc (Hons) in Architectural Engineering, if taken alongside a BTEC National in Construction and the Built Environment and A levels in Maths or Art/Design
BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, if taken alongside A levels in Computing and Maths
BSc (Hons) in Maths or Physics, if taken alongside A levels in Maths and Physics.
Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific HE providers.

Will the qualification lead to employment, if so, in which job role and at which level?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 courses in Engineering have a primary focus of progression to Higher Education alongside additional qualifications.


Students can progress into employment on achieving this qualification. However, these are likely to be entry level roles in the engineering sector, and they are more likely to be employed as an Apprentice, where they will complete additional training and qualifications to gain the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the sector as an engineering technician.