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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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Jack O’Connor

Jack	O’Connor

Engineering NVQ powers R-R manager’s career

Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader. He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.

He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.

"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.

"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."


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