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The Level 2 BTEC Award in Engineering course follows the Edexcel specification and endeavours to address today's skills gaps in the engineering sector by providing students with a range of underpinning skills and knowledge to meet the needs of modern engineering industries.


The Level 2 BTEC in Engineering consists of units 1, 2, 5 and 6:


Unit 1: The Engineered World (Exam) - This unit will look at all aspects of Engineering such as aerospace, automotive, communications, electrical, mechanical, biomedical and chemical. It will also focus on skills that have been learnt through other units such as matching, forming, fabrication, casting and electrical.


Unit 2: Investigating an Engineering Project - This unit looks directly at the manufacturing of engineering products. Students will be expected to analyse materials through mechanical testing.


Unit 5: Engineering Materials - This unit focuses on students' ability to interpret technical drawings in which they would then make a product from metal. This unit will incorporate all practical skills such as drawing, researching, analysing, hand and machine tool skills.


Unit 6: Computer Aided Design (CAD) - This unit gives students a unique opportunity to work with modern engineering techniques. Students will use CAD software to design a Formula 1 car, which will then be made using a laser cutter and will be tested on a scalextric track.


All units are presented with links to industry. The main purpose of this course is that students can clearly link their classroom learning to real life engineering trades, as well as developing skills which would be required for academic routes.




Key Stage 5:


BTEC Engineering


This challenging vocational course is ideal to support students who may wish to explore Engineering as a possible career pathway either at university or as an apprenticeship.


Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace

This unit will give learners an understanding of hazards and risks associated with health, safety and welfare in an engineering workplace, the associated legislation and regulations and of their roles in complying with the related legal obligations. Learners will also be required to undertake full risk assessments and to appreciate the significant risks encountered in the workplace and the measures taken to deal with them. They will also study the principles of reporting and recording accidents and incidents, again within a legal context.


Unit 6:Electrical and Electronic Principles

The unit starts by developing and extending learners’ understanding of fundamental electrical and electronic principles through analysis of simple direct current (DC) circuits. Learners are then taken through the various properties and parameters associated with capacitance and inductance, before finally considering the application of single-phase alternating current (AC) theory. The unit will encourage learners to take an investigative approach through practical construction, measurement and testing of circuits and, where applicable, the use of computer-based circuit analysis and simulation.


Unit 10: Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials

This unit will enable learners to identify and describe the structures of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites and classify them according to their properties. Learners will also be able to describe the effects of processing on the behaviour of given materials. Smart materials whose properties can be altered in a controlled fashion through external changes – such as temperature and electric and magnetic fields – are also covered.


Unit 21: Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques

For everyday products and components to be manufactured to a required standard, the machines that produce them need to be operated in an efficient and safe manner. During this process, trial components are made to check accuracy and ensure a minimum amount of waste during production. Machine operators will produce better components if they are aware of a range of finishing and secondary processes that can be used. A secondary process is where raw material or a component is taken for further working, usually involving material removal, and is carried out after a primary forming process.


Unit 16: Engineering Drawing for Technicians

An understanding of how graphical methods can be used to communicate information about engineering products is an important step for anyone thinking of taking up a career in engineering. This unit gives learners an introduction to the principles of technical drawings and their applications using hand drawing and computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques.


Unit 31: Computer Aided Manufacturing

This unit aims to develop an appreciation of the use of computer systems in a world-class manufacturing environment and how they are applied to product design and manufacture. Emphasis is placed on the need for a total approach to product development, in particular the interface between the various functions of the design and make process and the use of simultaneous engineering.