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BTEC Foundation Diploma in Engineering at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description

Why should I study BTEC?

This qualification has been designed as a full-time course that supports progression to an apprenticeship in engineering. If taken as part of a programme of study that includes other BTEC Nationals or A Levels, it supports progression to Higher Education.

Course content

What will I do during the course?

Students study a range of units over 2 years.

Mandatory course units are:

UNIT 1: Engineering Principles - Learners apply mathematical and physical science principles to solve electrical, electronic and mechanical-based engineering problems.

Assessment: 2 hour formal exam.

UNIT 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team - Learners explore how processes are undertaken by teams to create engineered products or to deliver engineering services safely.

Assessment: Coursework (internally assessed)

UNIT 3: Engineering Product Design and Manufacture. - Learners will explore engineering product design and manufacturing processes and will complete activities that consider function, sustainability, materials, form and other factors.

Assessment: Supervised Assessment (externally assessed)

UNIT 4: Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering - Learners explore commercial engineering, for example key business activities and cost control, quality systems and value management, which engineering organisations use to create value.

There will be a further three internally assessed  specialist units covering:

- Computer Aided Design,

- Electronic Devices and Circuits

- Machining Techniques.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do I need to start?

Students wishing to study Engineering will need to satisfy the entry requirements to Arthur Mellows Sixth Form. If students have studied Engineering at Level 2, they must have achieved at least a Merit or B grade. Students must also have achieved a B grade in GCSE Physics, Maths and any other Design and Technology subject that they are studying. Enthusiasm for the subject and a good work ethic are also vital for success.


How will I be assessed?

A range of different assessment methods are used across the course. Some units are externally assessed through the use of a formal exam or a supervised assessment. Other units are assessed internally by your teacher, through the completion of written and practical assignments. The quality of the course is audited annually by the exam board to ensure that national standards are maintained.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

This qualification can lead to further study or progression into employment through apprenticeship. Studied in combination with A Level Physics and Maths, this qualification would help students follow an academic route to Engineering at Degree level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 23 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years