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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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Rosie Dales

Rosie Dales

Welding student Rosie forges ahead in fabrications

Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.

Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.

"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."


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