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D&T Engineering

Qualification: Engineering BTEC First

Exam Board/Specification: Pearson

The BTEC course in Engineering is an introduction to some of the materials and skills used in engineering based workplaces. If you are interested in trades such as: fitting and machining, motor mechanics, aerospace projects, blacksmithing or working in motorsport, then you will find this course to be good preparation, and many of the skills taught are valuable to the building trades. 

Is this course right for you?

This course is suitable if you:

  • Enjoy the challenges involved in mastering new skills.
  • Enjoy working as part of a team and as an individual.
  • Are fascinated by technology and how the world is changing.
  • Are interested in pursuing a career in Engineering, or any of the metal or building trades.

Remember - Engineering is not just for boys, we welcome girls too.

What does the course involve?

Due to the government changes the weighting of the course and the units required have changed. The units below are the current favoured options:

  1. The Engineered World - What is Engineering?
  2. Investigating an Engineered Product - Understanding the choices taken by a modern Engineer in relation to a specific product.
  3. Machining Techniques - The tooling and use of milling, drilling and turning machines.

What about coursework and external assessments?

Assessment is in the form of 20% external assessment and 80% coursework. Practical work and theory work are marked as they are completed. There are currently three units, each comprising of several sub-sections. Literacy and numeracy skills are essential.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

Whatever the path chosen, be it at bench, machine or drawing table; design, development or executive suite, there is always more to learn. Opportunities include, manufacturing, mechanical maintenance, welder, design engineer, marine engineering, logistics, marketing, project management, motorsport engineering, the oil industry and mineral extraction generally, hydrology, meteorology, metrology, metallurgy, instrument making, the arts, architecture and civil engineering.  

You may go on to study Level 3 BTEC in Engineering at JC6 or another provider.

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