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BTEC Diploma in Engineering at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

Did you know that a career in Engineering will give you the third highest salary compared to all other jobs following graduation from university? On average, only Doctors and Dentists actually earn more! Engineering is a diverse and exciting subject that brings together technology, the sciences and mathematics. Last year, Chancellor George Osborne said "We want the words 'made in Britain, created in Britain, designed in Britain, invented in Britain' to drive our nation forward," Studying Engineering  could enable an opportunity to embrace an electrical, chemical, biological, civil, mechanical, aeronautical, automotive, structural, electrical or even marine sector studies.

The UK is one of most dominant engineering countries in the world responsible for lots you probably never even knew and its growing. Would you like a career developing processors for iPhones? Possibly, engineering the five meter wide jet engines responsible for getting 200 tons of aluminum off the ground interests you? Would you like to be a mechanical engineer for a motorsport team? More locally, we have massive links with the world’s biggest widget manufacturer, who also engineer car cockpits and power tools for the global market, again a lucrative and exciting career.

Course content

The BTEC course in Engineering is made up of units that are related to different engineering sectors. You are not required to have any previous knowledge in Engineering as you will develop a whole host of skills ranging from practical workshop based skills to computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing experience. Engineers never work in isolation and the course is structured in such a way that team collaboration, independent problem solving and resilience are all skills which are called for.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades at A* to C including English and Mathematics. An additional A-Level in Mathematics is desirable for those wanting to continue studying Engineering at university.


There are 6 units in this course covering: Engineering Health and Safety, Mechanical Engineering & Principles, Computer Aided Drafting, Fabricating Metals, Computer Aided Manufacturing and Engineering Drawing.

The course will be assessed through the completion of coursework. Pupils wishing for careers or progression to Engineering at university must also choose Maths and Physics.

Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning. If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.

Future opportunities

This BTEC in Engineering will pull together key things such as business, mathematics, science and design. It will also provide you with a platform for progression to university or immediate employment or apprenticeships.

Further information

You will visit McKecknie Plastics at Stamford Bridge to learn about production systems and also take part in a competition set by their directors, exclusively for Sixth Form College students.  Production Methods will be explored at Coca Cola Enterprises in Wakefield.  Concept modelling and CAD engineering will be presented by you at “Inspirations 2012” with an opportunity to win regional awards and cash prizes. Other visits already confirmed are to Mini BMW, Oxford, Big Bang in Birmingham and Nestle in York.

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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