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BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

This course will provide you with a broad understanding of mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering that will prepare you to study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering or for employment as an engineering apprentice. You will study a range of core subjects to give you a good grounding in engineering basics including working safely, using and interpreting engineering information and engineering maths. You will also take other subjects to give you a broader understanding of key engineering principles. These may include electrical and mechanical science, engineering materials, understanding a range of engineering processes and other topics. You will continue to improve your maths and/or English skills in structured lessons alongside your course, and if you plan to progress to a Level 3 course you will need to demonstrate a satisfactory level of improvement in maths and/or English by the end of the year.

You will learn through a lot of different activities across your course. These will include classroom-based learning, completing projects, and learning using specialist equipment in our laboratories and workshops, using computer software (including simulation) and practical sessions. You will also be expected to complete projects and assignments outside of your main classes.

Entry requirements

You will need at least two GCSE passes at grade C or above, one of which should include mathematics and science. You should also have an interest in engineering and technology.


You will complete a range of projects, assignments, presentations and practical activities. These will be assessed as you go through the course so that you know how you are doing. While there may be short tests, you will not have single, end-of-year examinations on this course.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Having completed the course, you will be well prepared to progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at the College. Once you’ve completed your Level 3 programme, you could move into higher education, an advanced apprenticeship or employment. You could also move into an apprenticeship where you would be employed by a local company but continue your studies at College.

Further information

As part of your course, you will visit engineering companies to find out more about real-life engineering in a range of settings. There may also be opportunities to develop your employability skills through a range of activities and projects.

For more information contact Alex Carter, Curriculum Leader in Engineering by emailing or calling 01782254256

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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