The BTEC First Award in Engineering is designed to give students a broad and robust introduction to Engineering and Engineering concepts. It provides students with underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills designed to reflect industries latest needs and support clear progression into higher and further education. The course presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context, to allow learners to understand theory and application.

The course comprises 2 compulsory units designed to underpin knowledge and skills valued in a broad spectrum of engineering sectors.

  • Unit 1 focuses on the in depth understanding of this essential knowledge.
  • Unit 2 focuses on the application of this knowledge in industrial applications - In addition students study the double accredited unit on machining techniques.
  • Unit 7 - English and Mathematics have been contextualised within the assessment aims. This allows learners to practise these essential skills in naturally occurring and meaningful contexts.

Complementary Subjects.

English Maths

Career Pathways.

Students who achieve the BTEC First in Engineering will have an accredited starting point for a route to employment in a wide variety of Engineering sectors including, but not limited to, manufacturing, automotive, electrical, mechanical, and aeronautical.

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Student Views.

This year’s BTEC course has taught me a lot about engineering. For example, I now know the names of all the machines and different processes to create objects. In my opinion my favourite part of engineering is the practical side due to the fact that it is hands on and engaging. We have teachers who are always willing to make sure the students achieve their targets and exceed their goals.

- Sanya Rana, Y10


Students are assessed through online examination and both practical and written assignments.

Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting.

1 - Theory delivered in class, assessed through online test.
2 - Assessed through 4 Non written assignments.
7 - Assessed through written and practical assessments:
Practical assignment carried out in the workshop.

Written assignment directly related to the workshop based practical assignment.

Workshop diary detailing the learning experiences from the practical assignment.