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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering provides an engaging, robust and broad-based introduction to engineering. It offers underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills that reflect the needs of employers and higher and further education professionals.

It also presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context to allow students to understand theory and application.

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering also supports the development of English and Maths by embedding key skills throughout the programme.

Entry requirements

Prospective students must have at least three GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at grade E (grade 2) or above. You must also have a desire to learn and an interest in engineering and engineering processes.

Desirable attributes for prospective students include:

  • Hardworking
  • Willingness to learn
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team

Course Content

As part of the BTEC First Award in Engineering, students will study:

  • The Engineering World
  • Investigating an Engineered Product
  • Electronic Circuit Design and Construction

Functional Skills in English and Maths will also form part of the overall study programme.

Students will also be required to complete at least 40 hours of relevant work experience in an engineering company.

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC First Award in Engineering is assessed through a variety of different methods, including written reports, presentations, practical observations and a multiple choice exam. Functional Maths and English are assessed through a controlled assessment.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students will be required to purchase the Derby College uniform from our approved supplier, along with safety boots. All other safety equipment is supplied by the College.

There are options for further enrichment activities throughout the year which carry additional costs, such as external trips and visits. However, you will be given notice beforehand.

Some grants and subsidies are available through Derby College. Advice is available at Learner Services in the Roundhouse.

What can I do after this course?

After completion of the BTEC First Award in Engineering and successful completion of Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English, students are able to progress to the EAL Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations. Students will also have the required skills and engineering knowledge to gain a relevant engineering apprenticeship.


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Pete Szabo

Pete Szabo

Shy student engineer Pete “grew” to enjoy distinguished police career

Shy student engineer Pete "grew" to enjoy distinguished police career. Retired police officer Pete Szabo was "painfully shy" and not "particularly bookish" as a young man...yet he went on to hold some of the most senior positions in the Derbyshire force.

And, looking back, he credits his early training in an entirely different field at Derby College with broadening his skills, as he "grew" to pass his police training course with the second highest mark. When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper.

While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits. And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police.

Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands.

He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.

For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.

It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.

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