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Engineering - BTEC National Ext. Certificate at Holmesdale School

Course description

The engineering sector continues to suffer from a skills gap and needs to keep up with rapidly developing technologies. The BTEC National in Engineering will give new entrants to the engineering sector the underpinning knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the needs of modern engineering industries.

This course has been devised as a broad basis of study for the engineering sector. Due to the size of the qualification we do not specialise in a certain field of engineering, but rather offer you a course that will support other studies in preparation for university or build a solid foundation for further technical studies at Level 4 or for an Apprenticeship. 

Much of the work will be research and discussion, calulation and investigation. You will learn drawing skills, both by hand and using CAD and then you will use CNC machines. You will learn about Health & Safety regulations and understand the application of mechanical systems in Engineering. You will develop your mathematics skills and learn to understand and apply Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Principles. This is not a practical course, although learning will be supported by practical activities. We aim to collaborate with local industry and to participate in national challenges.

Entry requirements

GCSE Mathematics Grade 5+, GCSE English and Science Grade 4+. Ideally with TLM Smart Product Design and Manufacture, Grade B.  


You will pass this course when you have gained sufficient credits.There are 4 units of study, 3 mandatory and 1 optional. Each unit will give you a number of credits depending on your level of completion (Pass, Merit or Distinction) For 2018 we have chosen unit 10 as our optional unit. This may change to matche the interests, pior knowledge and ability of the students taking the subject.  There are 4 units of study and each must be successfully completed. They are assessed differently.

1: Engineering Principles (120 GLH) - written exam: set and marked by the exam board.

2: Delivery of Engineering Process Safely as a Team (60 GLH) - assignment: set and marked by the school.

3: Engineering Product Design and Manufacture (120 GLH) - Task: set and marked by the exam board.

4: Computer Aided Design in Engineering (60 GLH) - Assignment: set and marked by school. 





Future opportunities

This course will open up opportunities for you to take up Design, Technical and/or Scientific studies at a  University.

You may be able to enter the world of work in the local Engineering sector, or enrol in an apprenticeship scheme whilst working for an engineering company. 

Further information

This course is ideally taken by students who will also take Mathematics and a Science subject.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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