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Engineering – BTEC Level 2 Diploma

This one year full time course is suitable for you if you are interested in how products work, how things are made and you would like to obtain a qualification in Engineering. This course can be your first step to a career in the Engineering sector and can lead to an apprenticeship, employment and further study of higher level qualifications. South Downs College has strong links with local employers and many students achieve direct employment from the course via approved apprenticeship schemes. There is usually a trip organized within the year, with visits to appreciate engineering in action (previous years have gone to Thorpe Park and looked at the behind the scenes working of the rides, as well as an opportunity to enjoy the rides first hand).

Entry Requirements

You must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade D, including Maths, English Language and Science.

Course Content

This course includes 12 units of study. The following units are core and, therefore, mandatory:

The Engineered World
Investigating  an Engineered Product
Health and Safety in Engineering
Engineering Materials
Introduction to Communications
Mathematics for Engineers
Using Engineering Information and Drawings

Specialist Units:
Engineering Assembly
Electronic Communications
Electronic Circuit Design and Manufacture
Engineering Marking out
Machining Techniques

How will I be taught?

The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures within well specified IT based classrooms, self-study, project work, research and group work which will involve practical work in the workshops and electronic labs.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out through regular course assignments throughout the year and two units will have an externally assessed  test. All assignments are externally verified by the awarding body (Pearson).

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

You will be awarded the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Successful completion of the course, at Merit grade, provides entry to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, a place in industry or the possibility of an apprenticeship. Progression to Level 3 will depend on your attendance, Level 2 result and GCSE re-sit grade for Maths or English.

Course Information

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

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

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