This course is suitable for anyone interested in manufacturing processes, learning how things work and some practical engineering skills.

You may be thinking about a career in one of the many branches of engineering such as mechanical, electronic, civil and design or you may be considering a manufacturing or industrial engineering career. A BTEC Extended Certificate is a vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC Extended Certificates. Although not necessary, a GCSE qualification in Physics would be advantageous due to the demands in some units.

Most sessions will be taught in the Eastburn Building – our Engineering, Training and Skills Centre – which host CADCAM facilities and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. You will be expected to spend considerable time each week on private study to complete assignment based projects. As your group will consist of students who have undertaken a number of different courses at GCSE, the early part of this course will concentrate on building up your confidence with a wide range of materials and manufacturing processes, as well as your design communication skills through drawing, modelling and computer aided design (CAD).

Entry Requirements

Merit in WJEC Level 2 Engineering OR Grade 4 in GCSE Design Technology
2 x Grade 4 in GCSE Science OR 4-4 in GCSE Combined Science
Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics

What will I study?

  • Engineering principles
  • Delivery of Engineering processes safely as a team
  • Work experience in the Engineering sector
  • Computer Aided Design in Engineering
  • Mechanical behaviour of metallic materials
  • Manufacturing secondary machining processes

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through internal and external assessments.

You will regularly submit projects for marking throughout the course. Some are assessed by your teachers and then moderated by the board.

Work is graded and written feedback is provided, enabling you to see how well you are doing and the strengths of your work as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points.

Further Education and Careers in Engineering

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Building and Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Careers which require an Engineering qualification include:

  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • CAD Technician
  • Design Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Network Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Special Effects Technician

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Preparation Work

You need to complete these tasks over Summer to prepare you for your studies.