This qualification is aimed at those preparing for roles in engineering, ie Engineering Technician or Engineering Operative. You will gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a mix of content focused on electrical/electronic and mechanical disciplines, for example electrical machines and maintenance of mechanical systems.
The qualification has been designed to be the substantive part of a study programme for those who want a strong core of sector study and a focus on the wider engineering industry.
It may be complemented with other BTEC Nationals or A Levels, or non-qualification elements to support progression to specific job roles or to higher education courses in engineering.
The course is split into two years with students gaining approximately one A Level equivalent after the first year and a further one A Level equivalent equivalent after second year totalling two A Levels.
Students wishing to leave after the first year, for example after having gained an Apprenticeship, will leave with a nationally recognised qualification.
The new BTEC syllabus is very exciting and is focused on key subject areas, a sample of which includes:
- mechanical engineering
- electrical engineering
- project management
- engineering design and production
- Programmable Logic Controllers
- health and safety
- computer aided design (CAD)
- pneumatic and Hydraulic systems and devices.
Students progressing to year two will be given opportunity to increase specialism in either electronics or mechanical engineering.
The course is mainly coursework-based but does include some externally assessed exams.
The course is primarily theory based with practical experimentation, however some practical elements are included to give you a broad overview of manufacturing machines and principles. Engineering covers a variety of roles and it involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely and support them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas.
In Year 1 National Foundation Diploma for the first year you could study:
- engineering principles
- delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
- engineering product design and manufacture
- electronic devices and circuits.
In Year 2 National Extended Diploma for the second year you will study:
- applied commercial and quality principles in engineering
- specialist engineering project
- calculus to solve engineering problems
- maintenance of mechanical systems
- programmable logic controllers.
In addition, you have the choice of one of the following options to add to the above list:
- electrical printed circuit board design and manufacture
- pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
These units are subject to change.
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for those planning to enter employment directly in the engineering sector.
You will need to hold STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above which must include maths at grade 5, English and science. Students who do not have the necessary qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
Also considered would be a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering or other similar or relevant qualifications.
It is recommended that students are already working in an engineering environment.
Assessment is a mix of internal and external assignments and external exams.
The course offers opportunity for progression to both an advanced Apprenticeship and higher education (university-level study), including foundation and honours degrees with the required grades.
Students completing year one will have the opportunity to gain an advanced Apprenticeship.
Students completing the second year will also have opportunity to apply for an advanced Apprenticeship, however subject to their grade may progress onto a HNC/D, foundation degree or honours degree in the field of engineering or another course not necessarily related to engineering.
UCAS points awarded for this course will have a technical/scientific/mathematical bias and as such are generally welcomed as a basis across many subject specialisms in higher education.
The course also offers students opportunities in wider employment in both technical and non-technical disciplines including but not limited to careers or jobs which would normally require level 3 or A level equivalency.
Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.
If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)