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Engineering - BTEC First Diploma in Engineering (NQF) level 2 at Kirklees College, Huddersfield Centre

Course description

This course offers a vocational route into the exciting world of engineering technology. You will cover a range of engineering topics.

Course content

You will study 7 mandatory units:

  • The engineered world
    • In this unit, you will discover the world of engineering. You will investigate the processes used to manufacture modern products within different engineering sectors. You will also study some of the new developments in materials and engineering technology that have an impact on life today – or will have in the very near future.
  • Investigating an engineered product
    • You will investigate a manufactured product to learn what considerations a designer would keep in mind when writing a technical specification. You will investigate the materials and commercial production processes used to manufacture the product, in order to learn why they were used in preference to others that might also have been appropriate.  You will also learn how certain materials and processes can affect the environment.
  • Introduction to communications for engineering
    • This unit will help you to develop a range of sketching skills to be used in engineering. You will learn about the use of a diary/logbook to help plan and record what happens.  You will also learn about information sources and how methods can be used effectively to outline engineering information and solve problems.
  • Health and safety in engineering
    • The initial focus of the unit is on gaining awareness of the dangers of not working within appropriate legislation and procedures. In the event of an incident, it is essential that you know how to respond.  This unit will take you through the important legislation and policies that you need to know.  You will then consider how materials and equipment should be handled and the most appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to use when undertaking particular engineering activities.  Identifying risks is an important activity here.
  • Engineering materials
    • This unit will develop your knowledge of a range of common materials you may encounter in engineering, as well as their properties, uses, availability, and how they contribute to a sustainable environment. You will be expected to identify a range of ferrous, non-ferrous and non-metallic materials and know about the form in which they are obtained.  You will also need to know about the properties that make individual materials suitable for particular tasks.  You will need to know about the way in which materials are colour coded when stored, as well as other material identification standards that are commonly used, such as the British and European Standard classifications.
  • Interpreting and using engineering information
    • This unit will enable you to know how to make effective use of textual, numeric, diagrammatic and graphical information when working with engineering drawings, technical manuals, reference tables, etc. in accordance with approved procedures. You will also consider how best to extract and interpret information from engineering drawings, work output and production documentation and other types of documentation such as production plans and schedules.
  • Mathematics for engineering
    • This unit is the starting point for you to gain the mathematical skills needed to solve many of the interesting challenges which car designers and other engineers face on a day-to-day basis. You start by looking at simple number work and then move on to consider equations and formulae, topics which engineers work with all the time – for example, Ohm’s law (V = IR) and Newton’s second law of motion (F = ma).

You will also study 4-6 of 23 optional units, including:

  • Machining techniques
  • Computer numerical control programming
  • Electrical and mechanical science for engineering
  • Production planning for engineering

The practical elements of the course are backed up with underpinning knowledge.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades: English at 3 and maths at 3 or above, and 2 other GCSEs grade 3 or above, including science or a technology based subject. 


Using a portfolio of evidence collected
throughout the course and externally set tests.

Future opportunities

What’s next?
BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Engineering
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in
Manufacturing Engineering.
Career prospects
You could take up a position at trainee
technician level in Telecommunications,
Computer Aided Draughting and Design,
Mechanical and Electronic fault diagnosis and

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year