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Engineering BTEC Level 2 First Diploma at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

Engineering is the backbone of British Industry and is a rapidly growing sector. Engineers build our roads and bridges, make aeroplanes fly and create innovative solutions to many problems.

On this 1 year course you will learn a mixture of theoretical and practical engineering topics, looking at everything from Engineering Design to Electrical and Mechanical Science.

Engineering is a fast moving, innovative industry and Pennine Lancashire has a strong heritage of engineering excellence. We have fantastic links with local businesses and ensure that our equipment is kept up-to-date with the relevant industry standards.

Successful completion of this programme can lead onto a Level 3 qualification.

Course content

  • The Engineered World
  • Investigating an Engineered Product
  • Engineering Materials
  • Machining Techniques
  • Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
  • Mathematics for Engineering
  • Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D or above (in a minimum of three different subject areas) including Maths, English and Science or a Level 1 Diploma and Level 1 Maths and English.


The majority of the units for the First Certificate in Engineering are internally assessed.

Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria and a summative unit grade is then awarded at pass, merit or distinction.

Units 1 and 9 are externally assessed. The external assessments consist of an online multi-choice and short written answers to exam questions.

Future opportunities

Former students are studying at a number of top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield and Aston University to study exciting degree programmes such as Industrial Product Design, Electronic Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering (with Pilot License) and Civil Engineering.

They later go on to achieve outstanding careers in all areas of Engineering and many students apply for one of our Apprenticeships with top local companies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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