BTEC Level 1 Diploma

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This course is ideal if you are passionate about engineering. You will find out about the different jobs within the industry and gain introductory skills across a broad range of engineering tasks. This course blends theory with practical assignments.

You will study multiple units on this course. These include safety in the workplace, technical drawing, the use of hand tools, electronic assembly, wiring circuits, drilling, machinery and more.

You will be taught in small groups in the classroom and in our workshops.

Successful completion of this course, along with 4 other areas of achievement, will mean that you can apply to advance onto the BTEC Level 2 Engineering.

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

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/and maths alongside your main engineering course.

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.

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 and electrical circuits.

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.

Boots and overalls must be purchased before work commences in the workshop, this can be purchased through the college on enrolment or through your own supplier. Approximately £25 for both.

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My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

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Successful students may apply to 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, Improvement on entry Maths and English grades and a recommendation from your Level 1 Course Manager

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


CNC operator
CNC programmer
Maintenance Engineer
Production Engineer
Project Engineer
General fitter and turner
Electrical technician
Electrical Engineer

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