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Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Level 2 - BTEC First Level 2 Extended Certificate Technology Centre 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The course is designed to give the fundamental knowledge and experience needed when starting out on an Engineering career. The course provides a balanced mix of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering basics.

You will follow a timetable and learn in classrooms, laboratories and workshops. Most assessment is done via coursework, although tests may be used if more appropriate in some subject area. Note: The course is approx. 70% theory, 30% practical.

What topics will I study?

Core Units:

  • Working Safely in Engineering
  • Using and Interpreting Engineering Information
  • Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

Special Units:

  • Using Computer Aided Drawing techniques in Engineering
  • Selecting Engineering Materials
  • Selecting and using secondary machining techniques
  • Electronic Circuit Construction and Testing
  • Production Planning Techniques

What experiences will I get?

You will use state-of-the-art CNC and CAD equipment. You will have access to state-of-the-art engineering manufacturing, virtual welding and electronics.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 3 in English language and maths.

Plus standard entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or equivalent.

Subject specific entry requirements: GCSE grade 3 in science. You should also have an interest in engineering as a career.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

  • Mechanical Workshops
  • Electrical and Electronic Laboratories
  • C.A.D room
  • Industrial IT room
  • Advanced Manufacturing Workshops
  • Automation and Robotics Workshops

An £8.3 million Technology Centre at Monkerton opened in September 2012. The centre combines the training and teaching of aerospace, engineering and automotive students with access to state of the art equipment within world class facilities. The CAD/CAM Suite includes 25 computers running the latest versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Works, EdgeCAMand SIEMENS 828d/840d control. The software will allow engineering students to experience ‘industry standard’ software and CNC machining equipment that give an understanding of CAD for manufacture. You will also have access to a learning resource centre. In 2017 we are opening our new advanced manufacturing and robotics facility, which will see 9 robotic cells and production line, as well as coordinate measuring machines, rapid prototyping and CNC manufacture.

To find out about travel options to the Technology Centre click here.



What can the course lead on to?

You could progress on to the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering or the National Diploma in Engineering (dependent on level of achievement), an Apprenticeship or A Levels, or full time employment.

Are there any additional costs?

All students need to provide overalls and safety boots. You will also have to pay £75 which includes faculty materials, two field trips, a polo shirt and basic study materials.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

College Prospectus

You will have master classes from industry experts and trips to manufacturers.

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