This course is designed for those applicants who wish to pursue a career in either Electronics or Manufacturing Engineering. The BTEC First Certificate is designed to give learners the opportunity to gain broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the Engineering sector. To support progression to specialised Level 3 qualifications in Engineering, or to an Apprenticeship. To give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment in a wide range of job roles.
We will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills across a range of engineering disciplines required to pursue jobs in the engineering industry. The course content combines both theory and practical aspects with a proportion of your timetable being undertaken in bespoke workshops. As part of this course you will also complete a work experience placement and an employability programme, a great addition to your course and your CV.
If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already
achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.
What You'll Learn
Over the duration of the course, students will study a number of units covering a range of vocational subjects related to the field of engineering technology. Whilst there are practical elements to many of the subjects studied, this is not primarily a practical course, as emphasis is put on the basic knowledge required to progress in a career in engineering. Depending on the chosen pathway the modules that you will study may include The Engineered world , Investigating an engineered product , Interpreting and using engineering information , Mathematics for Engineering , Health and Safety in Engineering , Machining techniques , Computer-aided Engineering , Electronic circuit design and construction and Electrical and Mechanical science for Engineering .
Standard entry to this course requires one satisfactory reference and 90% attendance at your last place of work or study. A GCSE in both English and maths is required, one of which should be a minimum of grade 4 or above, whilst the other should be a minimum of grade 3 or above, plus a further two GCSEs at grade 3 or above, one of which must include a science or technical based subject.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who hold a formal English and maths qualification at Level 2 minimum.
Alternatively for progressing students, a Pass grade in the BTEC level 1 Diploma in Engineering together with a minimum of functional skills maths and English at level 2.
All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment and application towards study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.
If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.
How you will be assessed
Assessment is via coursework, completed over the duration of the course. You will need to evidence in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades. Additionally, there is an externally set exam on two of the core units studied.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
Tuition Fees (19+): £1645.00
As part of your uniform for this course, our expectation is for all students to supply and wear personal protective equipment when carrying out practical activities in the workshops. This should consist of black work boots, plain navy workwear combat trousers, a navy polo shirt and a navy sweatshirt for colder days. The kit would be expected to cost between £30 and £45.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
On successful completion of this course, you may progress onto our BTEC level 3 extended diploma in Electronics/Electrical/Manufacturing Engineering programme or another related level 3 course in Engineering subject to meeting the entry criteria. Alternatively, you may wish to seek an advanced apprenticeship or employment as an engineering technician or trainee engineer job role, our apprenticeships and careers team can advise you on which option may be best for you. Further advice and guidance will be given during the academic year.
What Happens Next
Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the PS16 application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event/Interview at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.