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BTEC First Diploma in Engineering at Cromwell Community College

Course description

This course is, broadly speaking, the equivalent of up to 4 GCSEs and will prepare learners to enter employment in the engineering sector or to progress to further education vocational qualifications. It provides education and training specifically in the areas of electronics, maintenance and manufacturing which is directly relevant to the changing needs of employees, employers and other professional organisations. This is a much more theory based course than the PEO level 2 course offered at College of West Anglia. COURSE OUTLINEThe course comprises 10 separate units which are completed over a two year period. Students will complete a number of assignments in each of the 10 units to produce suitable evidence. All 10 units must be passed in order to achieve the Diploma award. Four Core Units 1. Working Practices in Engineering:the aim of this unit is to deal with the essential working practices of engineering to ensure that learners appreciate potential hazards. 2. Using and Interpreting Engineering Information:will enable learners to understand how to make use of textual, numeric and graphical information when working with engineering drawings, technical manuals, reference tables, specifications, charts or electronic displays, in accordance with approved procedures. 3. Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Technicians:learners will build on their experience of responding creatively to briefs gained in the specialist units. 4. Mathematics for Engineering Technicians:will provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to solve problems that are faced by engineers that require the use of mathematical formulae and equations. Specialist Units 1. Selecting Engineering Materials:this unit aims to provide the learner with an understanding of a range of common materials encountered in engineering, their properties, uses and availability. BTEC FIRST DIPLOMA/CERTIFCATE ENGINEERING 100 2. Using Computer Aided Drawing Techniques:provides the learner with an introduction to CAD and enables learners to produce engineering drawings to given industry standards 3. Fabrication Techniques and Sheet Metal Work:this unit is especially useful for those wishing to pursue either fabrication or manufacturing engineering. The techniques learnt at each stage are transferable across a range of production systems. 4. Engineering Marking Out:the aim of this unit is to provide the understanding and the skills for the measurement and the marking out of components in preparation for machining operations. 5. Preparing and Controlling Engineering Operations 6. Electronic Circuit Construction and Testing How will I be assessed?This qualification is 100% Coursework which is internally assessed

Entry requirements

Skills Required We ask that you have a strong interest in Engineering and are keen to produce good quality work to given specifications. There is a strong emphasis on maths and science (particularly physics) so it would be an advantage to enjoy these subjects. You will be expected to work independently to produce assignment work to given deadlines.

KS3 teacher assessment scores of Level 5 or above in English, Maths and Science and an interview with the Course Director - which may include a practical assessment. Students must have a good standard of literacy and numeracy.

Future opportunities

Progression could be to a Modern Apprenticeship and a career in the engineering industry. With additional courses you can progress to National Diploma and then to University. Post 16 Opportunities and Careers: A BTEC first diploma is a brilliant stepping stone onto other courses such as BTEC Nationals. Successful completion of the Engineering course would provide you with the skills required for any further Engineering study including automotive, fabrication, electrical and manufacturing.

Further information

Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 500/7576/7