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Engineering – BTEC Level 1 Diploma

The course is aimed at students who may wish to begin a career in engineering. The course will appeal if you: - are interested in how engineering products are made - are interested in carrying out engineering tasks - wish to keep your career opportunities open. The course is a good introduction to engineering at Level 1 and progression from this course to the Level 2 Diploma is possible if the     Level 1 course is successfully completed within the given time frame.

Entry Requirements

You must have four GCSEs at grade E, including Maths and English Language. You will be interviewed by an engineering lecturer to gauge your interest in Engineering.

Course Content

The course is divided into the following nine units.

Starting work in Engineering – You will research various different occupations, working hours, salaries and conditions to help you  make realistic decisions regarding your future.

Interpreting and Using Engineering Information – This is a Level 2 Unit where it is possible to achieve Merits and Distinctions. You will learn how to draw in 5 different formats using paper and pencil to ultimately create a set of working engineering drawings

Working Safely in an Engineering Environment – You will carry out risk assessments and have a thorough understanding of safety in the workplace

Developing Skills in Making Engineering Components Using Hand Tools – You will learn the skills of making items from engineering                                                      drawings through marking out and use of hand tools

Developing Skills in Electronic Assembly – There are two electronic units to be built and evaluated

Developing Skills in Wiring Electrical Circuits – One circuit to be built with lights and buzzers

Developing Skills in using a Bench/Pedestal Drill – Consists of manufacturing components to tolerance from engineering drawings, the skills will be in Drilling

Developing Skills in Planning and Making a Machined Product – Consists of manufacturing components to tolerance from engineering drawings, the skills will be in Turning and Milling

Marking out – This is a level 2 unit where Merits and Distinctions could be achieved

All students will have to re-take GCSE English or Maths alongside your main engineering course if your grade was below C.

These units will give you a good introduction into engineering and help you to gain new skills, such as using traditional workshop machinery.

Students are expected to complete five hours of homework per week.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by engineering lecturers in a group no bigger than 18. These lessons will either be in the classroom completing written work or in the workshop where you will make and machine components. The workshop activities involve hand fitting skills, such as sheet metal work, using lathes and milling machines. You will also build basic electronic circuit boards.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on a constant basis throughout the course. You will build up a portfolio of evidence which your lecturer will check and guide you through. The evidence you need to produce will be either written work, drawings or practical work.

What qualifications will I get?

If you complete all required work to the required standard, you will achieve a Level 1 Diploma in Engineering.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Successful students may advance to a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering, or to a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering at Level 2. Progression to Level 2 will depend on your attendance, Level 1 results, no discipline issues and GCSE grade.

Alternative courses are available within the college if you decide that Engineering is not for you after the first year.

Course Information

Students, aged over 19 on the 1st September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.

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