Course Title BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Engineering
Level: 1
Code Y120

Overview of the Course

This is a specialist foundation qualification in engineering which will provide you with opportunity to develop a range of engineering skills and techniques alongside the personal skills and attributes essential for a successful career in the sector. Studying the Level 1 BTEC Diploma in Engineering will allow you to achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification which will provide a progression pathway to a Level 2 programme or apprenticeship.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Civil Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Energy Engineer
  • Engineering Maintenence Fitter
  • Process Operator
  • Systems Engineering

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum entry requirements are four or more GCSEs at grades A*-E (9-2) including maths, English and Science.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, all assessed by coursework assignments:

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic
  • Manufacturing and Engineered Product Using Hand Tools
  • Manufacturing a Component Using Machining Processes
  • Using a Welding Process to Join Materials
  • Assembling Electronic Circuits
  • Carrying Out an Electrical Installation
  • Producing Engineering Drawings Using CAD

In Addition to the main qualification you will complete Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

Engineers solve problems and design products using their knowledge of science, maths and technology. To be successful in engineering you need to have a curiosity and want to discover about the world around you and be creative with a desire to innovate and invent things. The engineering design process requires a lot of determination as new ideas are tested with many failing, so resilience and optimism are key personal attributes. It is essential for engineers to have a sound understanding of theory and how principles can be applied to the real world. Engineers usually work within multi-disciplinary teams and effective collaboration will drive projects forwards, so knowing how to listen to others and share ideas are key employability skills. English and communication skills are particularly important to engineers so they can present project proposals, updates and evaluations effectively. Technical reports will require clarity, integration of figures and statistical analysis so being able to write concisely and coherently to convey information to customers or colleagues is essential. Engineers also need to be able to communicate with colleagues at all levels in a professional manner, make presentations in meetings and respond appropriately to questions and feedback. Reading and interpreting technical reports and data is an everyday activity for many engineers and they must be able to identify, interpret and synthesise information and ideas. Calculations and problem solving are central to the engineering design process to ensure products are safe and are made from the most suitable materials; this involves working to high levels of accuracy with very fine tolerances and using complex formulas. Projects will be planned using data analysis to ensure successful outcomes, design will be optimised with computer-aided design (CAD) software and surveying equipment will be used to measure distances and height. To carry out all these calculations a good understanding of key mathematical concepts including algebra, statistics, probability, geometry and measure is required.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five-day work experience placement during term two. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills, make contacts and most importantly confirm your career goals. You will undertake placements with companies of all sizes, both local and regional. Recently successful work experience placements have taken place with the following employers: BAE Systems, Stagecoach, JST Fabrications, Kellogg’s, William Hare and DAS Engineering Services.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make excellent progress and acquire the skills required for successful transition and progression to study at Level 2, employment or an apprenticeship. You will also have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course-related study visits, and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Personal Protective Equipment will need to be purchased at enrolment at a cost of £27, you will also need to purchase a pair of steel toe-capped safety boots. Lockers are available to hire for the year by paying a refundable deposit of £10 at enrolment. There will also be study visits that you are required to contribute to.


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