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Engineering at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

The BTEC National Award in Engineering will give you an understanding of the practical skills and knowledge needed to begin professional work in the engineering industry or move on to further study. You will discover what career opportunities are available, helping you to choose your preferred area of work, and if already in employment, progress within your chosen field.

The course will be taught in a combination of practical rooms and ICT suites. You will learn through a combination of practical work, independent study, lecture and group investigation. There will also be opportunities for work placements and site visits.

Entry requirements

For BTEC study you will need to have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.  This must include GCSE Maths & English at grade C or above.


BTEC are not exam-based qualifications and the Engineering BTEC is made up of 6 units. Students study real-life, work-based case studies and complete projects and assessments, which contribute to achieving each unit studied.

During Year 12 the students will complete 3 units:
Unit 1 - Health and safety in the Engineering Workplace
Unit 16 - Engineering Drawing For Technicians.
Unit 22 - Fabrication processes and Technology

During Year 13 the students will complete 3 units:
Unit 6 - Electrical and Electronic Principles
Unit 4 - Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Unit 31 - Computer Aided Manufacturing

All work completed during the year is assessed and will contribute towards the final grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction/Distinction*. There is no final examination unit.

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. If successful, there are a range of potential careers to explore, for example: mechanical engineer, electronic engineering technician or mechanical engineering technician.

The BTEC National Award in Engineering has the equivalence of one GCE A Level, and provides a clear route for you to progress further into higher education, as successful BTEC National qualifications give UCAS points for university applications.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years