Subject: BTEC Engineering

Subject: Level 2 BTEC First Extended Certificate in Engineering

The knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. Typical entry-level employment opportunities in engineering include roles such as junior mechanical engineer or technician.  When taken as part of a balanced curriculum, there is a clear progression route to a Level 3 course or to an apprenticeship. BTECS are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.  BTEC Firsts have become increasingly popular and effective. They engage young learners in taking responsibility for their own learning, and develop essential work-related skills, such as working to deadlines and presenting information effectively.  BTEC Firsts motivate young learners, and open doors to progression into further study or the workplace.  

Skills Attained:

Health and Safety in engineering - understand safe and effective working in an engineering workplace and know how to follow procedures and undertake a work activity safely. Engineering Materials - know about the properties of common engineering materials and selection for engineering applications and know about the supply and sustainable use of engineering materials and selection for an engineering product or activity. Computer-aided engineering - use a CAD system to produce engineering drawings and use a CAM system to manufacture an engineering component. Bicycle Servicing and Maintenance - know about different types, component parts and key features of bicycles and be able to carry out checking, servicing and maintenance procedures on bicycles safely. 


This qualification is taught over 360 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core, mandatory and optional specialist units.  Learners must complete the two core units; The Engineered World and Investigating an Engineered Product.  Two additional mandatory units are studied; interpreting and Using Engineering Information and Mathematics for Engineering.  

Future Opportunities:

One of the main purposes of BTEC qualifications is to help learners to progress ultimately into employment. Employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in the sector, and they are also looking for employability skills. Unlike technical skills, which may become outdated over time, employability skills enable learners to adapt to the ever-changing roles needed to survive in the global economy.  The list of career paths opened up by choosing the Engineering sector is endless.  These skills include: self-management, team-working, business awareness, problem solving, communication, basic literacy and numeracy.