Diploma Level 2 - Engineering
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Choosing to study for a BTEC Engineering qualification is a great decision for many reasons. This qualification will give you the opportunity to gain specific knowledge and understanding in engineering, and will help you to sharpen your skills for employment or further study.
Have you ever wondered how electronic devices get smaller and smaller yet more complex? Or how athletes can be aided by new technologies to achieve even greater attainment in their chosen discipline? From jewellery to athletic equipment, smartphones, laptops and televisions are a few examples of engineering that can be found all around us in today’s world.
Engineers use their knowledge and understanding to make things happen and strive to solve many of the different problems that arise in the modern world.
Engineering plays a vitally important role in many careers and industries: medicine, communications, automotive, electronics and aerospace are just some examples of sectors where engineers are the driving force behind new development and advances.
A BTEC in Engineering qualification is an ideal stepping stone to apprenticeships, higher education (e.g. university) or possibly the level 3 BTEC Engineering course which is run here at ONE over two years.
Students wishing to progress from level 2 to level 3 Engineering must meet at least one of the following three conditions:
1. Students meeting entry requirements for Level 3, except Maths, can progress if they achieve grade 6 in resit
2. Students with grade 5 in Maths who achieve distinction on Level 2 course, can progress onto Level 3
3. Students with grade 4 in Maths who achieve distinction also need staff endorsement to progress.
The BTEC level 2 Engineering course here at ONE is full time and runs over one year. It consists of 9/10 units, the units are internally assessed and externally verified. The optional units are chosen to ensure that a wide breadth of engineering principles are completed, also, that teaching staff specialisms are utilised to their fullest in order to give the student the opportunity to develop new skills and understanding in our teachers specialised subjects, of which there are many. Also, students will be required to complete a one week work experience placement in order to gain further understanding of how an engineering workplace operates.
Some of the skills gained include: the understanding of how the engineered world operates, the design of new products and what materials to use in their development, how to maintain various products, the use of various hand tools and machines, health and safety in the engineering environment and mathematics for engineering.
Other skills that will be developed during the course include: taking responsibility for their own learning, team-work, working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively, applying learning and skills in a work-related context and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
5 GCSEs at 9-3 including Mathematics and English at grade
Students will be required to attend the GCSE Maths (higher paper) class with the aim of achieving grade 6 for progression to Level 3 so that they can meet the conditions for progression below
Level 2 students meeting entry requirements for Level 3, except Maths, can progress if they achieve grade 6 in re-sit
Level 2 students with grade 5 in Maths who achieve D*D* - DM can progress
Level 2 students with grade 4 in Maths who achieve D*D* - DD can progress with teaching staff endorsement
Level 2 students must have attendance of 90% and above & a good reference to progress.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
This course is the equivalent to studying three subjects so additional qualifications are not endorsed.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There is no cost for enrolling on the course, but you will be required to contribute each year towards trips, materials costs, and administration for work experience etc.
Each student should also purchase their own overalls and safety boots (steel toe cap), either from the college (further details will be given at start of term) or from their own supplier.
Indicative costs are:
- Resource deposit £40:00 (refundable at end of course if all resources borrowed are returned intact).
- Materials/consumables/trips contribution £40:00
- Work experience will require mandatory health and safety checks, costs for these will be confirmed at Enrolment.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a one year course.
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type Diploma Level 2
- Duration 1 Year
- Awarding Body Pearson