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Engineering BTEC Level 3 at Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy

Course description

Engineering is a vast and interesting sector. Every product, whether it be a pencil, car or chocolate has been engineered.

You will not only design and create, but you will identify different sectors of the industry and how and why Legislation and Regulations are followed.

This course offers you the chance to explore new methods of manufacturing and design, as well as understanding the fundamentals of Engineering in its raw state. Maths, Physics and CAD are all covered within this course.

Course content

There are six units of study, split over two academic years.

The topic areas covered are:

  • Health & Safety
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Engineering Maintenance
  • Mathematics
  • Secondary Machining and Processes.

Year 12

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering workplace - You will develop an understanding of hazards and risks associated with health, safety and welfare in an engineering workplace, the associated legislation and regulations and their roles in complying with the related legal obligations.
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications - This will introduce you to the behaviour of loaded engineering materials and the analysis of a range of static engineering systems that will include the application of Hooke’s Law, quadratic equations and Young’s modulus.
  • Engineering Drawings including the use of CAD - Learners will have an introduction to the principles of technical drawings and their applications using hand drawing and computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques.

Year 13

  • Engineering Secondary / Finishing Processes - This unit aims to provide you with a detailed knowledge of the use of secondary processing machines, including traditional machines (e.g. lathes and drilling machines) and others found in a more specialist workshop (e.g. spark or wire erosion methods).
  • Setting and Proving Secondary Processing Machines - The unit provides an opportunity for you to examine a range of secondary processing machines, their set up and the best use of work holding devices and tools.
  • Engineering Maintenance Procedures - The correct maintenance of engineering systems results in improved efficiency and can save organisations time and money in relation to system downtime and stoppages in production. This unit introduces learners to a range of commonly used engineering maintenance procedures and monitoring techniques, which may be encountered in any manufacturing, plant or process environment.

Entry requirements

Merit in Engineering

GCSE B in Maths


There are between 2 and 4 external exams, dependent on the units of study and also a further 2 or 4 units of internally assessed coursework.

All internally assessed units of study are produced through coursework and individual timed assessment activities.

All units of study must be completed to meet the deadline requirements stated by the exam board.

Future opportunities

This qualification can lead you into different career pathways, either via an apprenticeship or into University.

A number of Universities offer a number of degrees in the Engineering sector.

You may wish to be a Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineer. Biochemist or even an Architect.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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