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There is a national shortage of Engineers.  To meet this need we must double the number of graduates and  apprentices entering the engineering industry. 

Course Description

BTEC Firsts in Engineering provide a practical, real-world approach to learning and develop specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the engineering industry, such as: discovering the world of engineering and how it impacts on our world today; communication skills to articulate and discuss new ideas or work as a team to solve problems; health and safety in the workplace and the appropriate procedures and legislation and how mathematics and science is essential to  engineering success.

This is a course which provides students with a robust, broad-based introduction to Engineering. It provides underpinning knowledge and understanding that reflect the needs of employers and further education courses and presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context. In Y10 and Y11 there are opportunities to learn practical skills and produce a finished product.

Assessment Structure

There are four units of work, two compulsory units:

Unit 1: The Engineered World – external exam

Unit 2: Investigating an Engineering Product – a coursework unit, internally assessed,         externally moderated.

There are also two optional units:

Unit 4:Engineering Maintenance

A coursework unit, internally assessed, externally moderated.  In this unit students will learn about the causes and effects of equipment failure and plan a maintenance activity for a mountain bike.  Students will prepare mountain bikes for public hire, test the bikes on varied terrain, diagnose faults and carry out repairs.

Unit 5: Engineering Materials

A coursework unit, internally assessed, externally moderated.  In this unit students learn about the properties of different engineering materials and how they are used.  Students will carry out a series of practical tests on materials and learn about heat treatment      processes for metals.  During this unit students will draw, plan and make a metal engineer’s toolbox from mild steel and aluminium.

Each unit is worth 25% of the qualification and students are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Students will each be set an individual target and will be expected to work towards this target over the entire course.