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Schools 14-16 – BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering

Applications for the Pre-16 Provision open in February 2022. Please do not apply for this course if you will be 16 or older in September 2022. This course is part of our Pre-16 Provision and is only accessible if your school has agreed to fund the placement during Year 10 and 11.

Course Summary

Subject Area: Engineering
Services to Schools
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 36
Hours: 6.00
Start: 14/09/2022
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering (603/0829/1)* has been developed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills needed within the engineering industry, which covers a wide range of exciting and rapidly developing areas such as renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, automotive, agri-food and bioscience.

Students will have the chance to learn in our Engineering Academy with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

This course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Roundhouse one day a week.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

There are no formal entry requirements: you just need a strong interest in the engineering industry.

You will need to complete three mandatory units:

  • Exploring engineering sectors and design applications – get to know the industry sectors and how they work together to solve real-life problems

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • Investigating an engineering project – explore the types of materials, components and processes used to make products, then reproduce and test a product

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • Responding to an engineering brief – provide solutions to real-life problems by creating your own engineered product

Weighting: 40% of the course

Assessment: Externally assessed task

You will learn on-site

Students must wear safety overalls (purchased through Derby College Group) and steel toe-cap boots in the workshop. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and externally assessed tasks.

All three units must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications gained, students may wish to progress to:

  • The Level 2 qualification in Performing Engineering Operations
  • The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • A-levels

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available to you.


Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Junior CAD technician
  • Trainee manufacturing systems engineer
  • Engineering maintenance technician
  • Director of manufacturing

For more information, email the 14-16 team at

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Engineering Technicians


Engineering Technicians

Design and Development Engineers


Design and Development Engineers

IT Engineers


IT Engineers

Engineering Professionals n.e.c.


Engineering Professionals n.e.c.

Building and Civil Engineering Technicians


Building and Civil Engineering Technicians

Electronics Engineers


Electronics Engineers

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:56 pm