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Schools 14-16 - Level 2 BTEC Award in Engineering and Performing Engineering Operations Skills Units

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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered in Years 10 and 11, this qualification has been developed by BTEC (the awarding body) for candidates wishing to gain some understanding and practical experience of the variety of engineering disciplines.

The qualification has three units covering different types of projects.

Entry requirements

You should have an interest in engineering and you will need to undertake an interview and aptitude test.

Course Content

The course gives learners the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised Level 1 or Level 2 Engineering qualification. It covers:

  • Basic core engineering skills
  • Planning practical tasks – using industry standard equipment and a range of different materials
  • Key methods of production and manufacturing
  • Competitions and challenges based around engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical and fabrication
  • Tasks and challenges that encompass many aspects of the engineering world.

How will I be assessed?

To gain this qualification, learners must successfully complete the following unit assessments:

  • Unit 1 – The Engineered World
  • Unit 2 – Investigating an Engineering Product
  • Additional optional units

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots. (NB The overalls must be purchased through Derby College).

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress to the:

  • Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • An Apprenticeship Programme at Level 2 or 3

Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the Engineering industry, including junior CAD technician, trainee manufacturing systems engineer, engineering maintenance technician and director of manufacring. 


(This qualification is on the Department of Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Grace Draper

Grace Draper

Best of both worlds on a Rolls-Royce apprenticeship

At the age of 16, Grace Draper decided to apply for an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce rather than go on to do A-levels. She’s not looked back since.

She has excelled while gaining on-the-job experience with the company and during her training at Derby College, where she has achieved Distinction standards. Now she is set to take her qualifications further with a foundation degree at the College, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.

Such has been Grace’s success that she was highly commended in the Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship category of our 2014 Peak Awards. Judges described her as a ‘model learner’ and praised her collaborative work on projects, where she demonstrated the team skills and personal attributes which are vital in today’s engineering industry.

An apprenticeship at Rolls- Royce is the best of both worlds. We get to work in all sorts of areas of the company, earning while we’re learning. Having completed my first two years of the apprenticeship, I’m looking forward to starting the foundation degree.
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