16-18 Courses, 16-18: Vocational

Engineering (Level 2)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

Grade 3 English Language GCSE or L1 Functional Skill English, Grade 3 Maths GCSE or L1 Functional Skill Maths, 4 GCSEs at Grade 3

Course information

If you have an interest in engineering or electronics and want a career in industries such as aerospace, cars or telecommunications, then this course is for you. The qualification includes mechanical, manufacturing, electronics and theory sessions in essential engineering and you'll build your knowledge as well as your academic and practical skills. You'll spend time in the workshop using machine tools and marking out components.

The aim of the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate is to inspire and enthuse students to consider a career in the Engineering sector. The course is designed to give students the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of different types of Engineering. You will be taught partly in the classroom and partly in the workshop and will gain an introduction to the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required by employers and higher and further education professionals. This qualification also acts as a springboard to the BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Engineering.

You can expect to study:

  • Investigating an engineering product
  • Machining techniques
  • Using and interpreting engineering information
  • Maths for engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electronic circuit design
  • Next steps

    Most units are internally assessed which enables students to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course. The course also includes an externally assessed unit within its core.

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What Can This Course Lead To

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression onto the BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma in Engineering, as well as other Automotive and Engineering programmes. The course develops a wide range of transferable skills, such as problem-solving, team working, understanding technical information, critical thinking and gaining the necessary workshop skills that the sector requires. Students will develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed if they choose to go directly into employment in the mechanical/fabrication engineering industry or if they wish to seek a vocational apprenticeship or trainee role.

Did you know?
Engineering and manufacturing is one of the UK's broadest sectors and, according to Engineering UK, workers within the sector accounted for 19% of all UK employees in 2019. While some engineering- related industries, such as mining and quarrying, are in decline, a range of other fields are actively seeking new recruits in aerospace, automotive, design, manufacturing, power, marine, instrumentation and control telecoms, digital communications and networks, software, rail, process control,  production, project management and transportation.

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