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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:

  • Hard-working
  • Willingness to learn
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team

Course Content

As part of the BTEC First Award in Engineering, you 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.

In addition, you will 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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Hitomi Furguson

Hitomi Furguson

Engineering is a building block for Hitomi’s future

Teenager Hitomi Ferguson is following in her father’s footsteps as she gains crucial engineering skills through Derby College.
The 18-year-old from Ilkeston is working on Derby College’s Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2 course at the Roundhouse –  having previously completed a course in engineering and technology at the Ilkeston site.
She particularly loves the hands on work of welding, and In the long term hopes to gain an apprenticeship as the building block to her future career.
Hitomi was brought up in Sweden and only came to Derbyshire at GCSE age when her dad’s Rolls-Royce engineering job brought him to the UK.

The Roundhouse is brilliant – it has everything you need. In the long term I’m hoping to get onto an apprenticeship which hopefully could lead to the start of a good career.
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