BTEC Engineering

Why study Engineering?

Engineers can have a major impact on industry and society. The achievements they have made have improved the quality of everyday life, from the buildings we live and work In to the transport we use to get around and how we enjoy our leisure time.

Engineers are able to find solutions to problems, whether it is adapting or combining materials used to produce a product to make it withstand severe weather conditions or fixing materials in a different way to make something more portable. Problem solving is critical to working in engineering. Finding solutions to problems to ensure a product is fit for purpose involves:

  • learning about materials
  • design processes
  • engineering processes
  • safe use of tools and equipment
  • Maths that engineers use.

Pupils will complete the WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Engineering. It provides learners with a broad introduction to the engineering sector and the types of career opportunities available.  It is mainly suitable as a foundation for further study.  This further study could provide learners with the awareness of the work of different types of job roles in the sector such as design engineers, civil engineers, technicians and mechanical engineers.  As a result, they may wish to start an apprenticeship or continue with their studies into higher education in order to pursue those job roles.

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, such as maths and sciences, could provide the learner with opportunities to access a range of qualifications including GCE, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications.

What skills will I need?

  • Good problem solving skills to help work independently.
  • The ability to complete in-depth written work related to the projects.
  • The ability to communicate and develop design ideas.
  • Good ICT skills.
  • The ability to work accurately with tools and equipment to make quality products.
  • Follow instructions and be able to act on advice given from staff.
  • Work Safely In a workshop environment and respond to advice.

What will I study?

Unit 1- Engineering Design- Coursework 25% overall grade- Pupils analyse engineered products in order to propose design solutions to meet requirements.

Unit 2- Producing Engineering Products- Coursework 50% overall grade- Pupils learn and use skills needed to develop and produce a range of engineered products using centre lathes, milling machines

Unit 3- Solving Engineering Problems- Exam 25% overall grade- Pupils use their knowledge and understanding of engineering processes and material properties to solve problems.

How will I be assessed?

The 2 coursework units will be internally assessed and graded at Level 1 Pass, Level 2 Pass, Merit or Distinction. The exam unit is externally assessed at Level 1 Pass, Level 2 Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Contact Mr Mallory – BTEC Engineering & BTEC Construction Subject Leader