Key Stage 4

What will I learn?
Unit 1 – The Engineered World: In this unit, you will discover the world of engineering. You will investigate the processes used to manufacture modern products within different engineering sectors. You will also study some of the new developments in materials and engineering technology that have an impact on life today – or will have in the very near future.
Unit 2 – Investigating an Engineering Product: In this unit you will investigate a manufactured product to learn what considerations a designer would keep in mind when writing a technical specification. You will investigate the materials and commercial production processes used to manufacture the product, in order to learn why they were used in preference to others that might also have been appropriate. You will also learn how certain materials and processes can affect the environment. In studying quality issues, you will come to understand how the quality of a product is assured throughout its manufacture, and you will learn how specific forms of quality control contribute to overall quality assurance.
Unit 4 – Engineering Maintenance: In this unit you will learn about engineering maintenance, including the different strategies that organisations use when maintaining their plant and equipment. You will also investigate the causes of engineering equipment failure and the effects this failure can have. The repair and adjustment of an engineering plant and its equipment and machinery is vitally important, in order to ensure that they continue to perform their intended functions. You will be introduced to the features of engineering systems that determine reliability, safety and maintainability. In order to demonstrate the principles, you will resource, plan and carry out a practical maintenance activity on an engineering product or system.
Unit 5 – Engineering Materials: This unit will develop your knowledge of a range of common materials you may encounter in engineering, as well as their properties, uses, availability, and how they contribute to a sustainable environment. You will be expected to identify a range of ferrous, non-ferrous and non-metallic materials and know about the form in which they are obtained. You will also need to know about the properties that make individual materials suitable for particular tasks. You will conduct some tests, to investigate properties of materials and their suitability in engineering applications. You will also be introduced to the sustainability issues that surround the use of a range of engineering materials and come to understand how this is a major consideration when developing products for the present day and in the future.
Enrichment Sessions – Machining Techniques: These sessions will help you to understand the engineering processes that we use to generate and form shapes through machining techniques. You will learn how to select, investigate and use machining techniques that involve shaping or forming with loss of volume. You will also use work-holding devices and a range of tools so that you can carry out a variety of machining processes. You will learn how to set the machines before you, how to use them and how to monitor the machines while you are using them. You will also learn how to inspect the items you produce for compliance and accuracy. Health and safety is vital. Therefore, you will also learn how to operate machinery safely.
How will I be assessed?
This qualification includes internal and external assessed units. The external assessed unit will be in the form of an online exam. The evidence for the internal units will be in the form of assessments but other evidence may be generated through a range of diverse activities, including project work, case studies, role play and presentations.

Course: BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering
Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Specification Code: 600/4788/4


Key Stage 5

What will I study?
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering equips you with the skills needed to begin a career in engineering, or progress into further education. The course is flexible and you can adapt it to your needs and abilities. It consists of five core units plus a choice of specialist units (totalling 1080 guided learning hours). The range of specialist units offered allows you to focus on your interests, such as Fabrication Processes and Technology, further mathematics for technicians, welding principles and engineering design. Please note that the units studied may vary to meet local or learner needs.
Visits will take place each year in order to reinforce learning. In recent academic years, these have included taking students to a range of engineering establishments to utilise their expertise and resources. Examples include Guhring and W H Smiths (tool and design). There is also a possibility of further external visit. External activities such as go-karting are organised for the staff and students occasionally and aims to create a positive relationship between the students and staff.
Students completing this course previously have managed to secure highly sought after jobs and apprenticeships within industry through CTC links and training:

  • Apprenticeship at Rolls Royce.
  • An award winning job in Berlin with Siemens Mechatronic Engineering; the student was chosen from 950 applicants in the UK.
  • Severn Trent electronic engineering and instrumentation.
  • An apprenticeship at Guhring
  • An apprenticeship at Jaguar Landrover
  • In addition students have been supported to secure places at university on engineering related courses.

How will I be assessed?
All assessment is internally assessed by a teacher through a portfolio of work produced by the student for each unit that they study. The method of assessment will be varied according to the nature of the qualification being studied and will range from formal assignments to delivering a presentation or being observed in the workshop.

What coursework will I need to do?
Core Units:

  • Health and Safety in the engineering workplace
  • Communications for Technicians
  • Engineering Project
  • Mathematics for Technicians
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications

 Specialist Units:

  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Business Systems for Technicians
  • Engineering Primary Forming Processes
  • Engineering Secondary / Finishing Processes
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Applications of Mechanical Systems and Technology
  • Engineering Drawing for Technicians
  • Fabrication Processes and Technology
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Computer Numerical Control of Machine Tools
  • Welding Principles
  • Further Mathematics for Technicians
  • Commercial Aspects of Organisations

Course: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Specification Code: 500/8165/2