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Engineering BTEC National at Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why study Engineering?

Our local community has a wealth of opportunities for aspiring engineers. There is a wide range of engineering workplaces in and around Weymouth and Portland, which includes the fast growing and exciting Marine Engineering sector. Sunseeker International, Global Marine, Manor Marine, Mechanical Services are all employers who need trained and skilled engineers. Many are market leaders in this multi-million pound industry. Locally we find aerospace engineering at PGT-Ceewrite and DrumGrange and electronic manufacture at DEK and Ultra-Electronics, offering a wealth of opportunities to link your learning to real-world work experience and further training, which, in turn, can take you into a well-paid career where world-wide travel is also possible.

What does the course involve?


Unit 1 – Engineering Materials, Processes and Techniques: You will become familiar with a range of engineering materials and processes, and how these can be used to manufacture high quality finished products (externally assessed)

Unit 2 – The Role of the Engineer: You will investigate the role of a professional engineer responsible for the design or manufacture of an engineered product or service (internally assessed)

Unit 3 – Principles of Design, Planning and Prototyping: You will produce a design solution to a client brief and demonstrate its effectiveness through developing a prototype (internally assessed)


Unit 4 – Applied Engineering Systems: You will look at ways in which a systems approach can be used to provide engineering solutions. Edexcel will set a brief asking students to complete three practical activities under controlled conditions. Teachers mark the work against the assessment criteria in the specification and Edexcel sample-moderates the work (externally assessed)

Unit 5 – The Engineering Environment: You will learn how regulations and codes of practice affect the design and manufacture of engineering products or services (internally assessed)

Unit 6 – Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping: You will draw upon your newly-gained engineering expertise to design, develop and manufacture an engineering solution to a given client brief (internally assessed)

Progression and Career Opportunities:

Engineering Technical Apprenticeship, HNC, University Degree, Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years