Engineering - BTEC

What will I learn?

The new specialist engineering courses include a core of mandatory content, plus a range of bespoke units to equip learners with the skills they need in the workplace, or on specialist higher education courses.

  • Unit 1 - Engineering principles (written exam)
  • Unit 2 - Delivery of an engineering process safely as a team (assignment)
  • Unit 3 - Engineering product design and manufacture (controlled task)
  • Unit 10 - Computer aided design in engineering (assignment)

What skills do I need?

Cognitive and problem solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology, research actively and methodically, practical engineering skills.

Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation, self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development, ability to learn independently.

How is the course graded?

All units are assessed using a grading scale of distinction, merit or pass. Units 1 and 3 are graded by the exam board.Units 2 and 10 are graded internally and moderated by the exam board.

What is next after the course?

This qualification is recognised by higher education institutions as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses in a variety of areas of the engineering sector, for example:

  • BEng (Hons) in Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) in Electronics Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics

This qualification also supports progression to job opportunities in the engineering sector including:

  • Engineering operative
  • Manufacturing operative
  • Semi-skilled operative

This qualification also supports those following an apprenticeship in engineering who are looking to work and progress in the engineering sector in an engineering operative role.

What is next for me after this course?

With a clear path from the BTEC Level 2 Engineering course there are opportunities for students to consider careers in:

  • Engineering crafts
  • Technical apprenticeships
  • Electrical apprenticeships
  • Engineering degrees
  • BTEC Higher Nationals
  • A range of employment in industries such as car / automotive / environmental and renewable energy / mechanics / transport / medical services / aeronautical.




 Unit 4: Engineering Design

Unit 1: Exam content

Pass, Merit , Distinction responses.

Mock exam Questions



Unit 4: Engineering Design

Unit 1: Exam content

Pass, Merit , Distinction responses.

Mock exam Questions



Unit 4: Engineering Design

Unit 1: Exam content

Pass, Merit , Distinction responses.

Mock exam Questions


Qualification & Board

AQA Level 3 Technical Level Engineering.


Unit 1 (exam): Materials technology and Science

In this unit, learners will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of engineering materials and their properties. They will also consider several of the scientific principles that can affect the choice of material or components in various engineering contexts including: engineering chemistry, electricity and electronics and transfer of energy.

Unit 2 (externally set and marked): Mechanical Systems

Learners will explore different types of mechanical systems and their typical applications, how these systems are designed, and how they (and their component parts) function. They will also assemble and test mechanical systems, some form of power source and functional elements that change the magnitude or direction of force / movement,

Unit 4 (internally set and marked): Engineering Design

Design is the essential creative process of engineering, which distinguishes it from science, and which

calls for imagination, creativity, the knowledge and application of technical and scientific skills, and skilful use of materials. Learners will respond to a given brief, problem solving and developing a range of solutions in the form of formal drawings, CAD and FEA analysis.

Unit 5(internally set and marked): Production and Manufacturing

In this unit, learners will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of manufacturing processes and use these processes to plan and manufacture a batch of products, as in many engineering contexts, products are manufactured in quantity. Engineers specify which manufacturing processes are required to convert the available forms of material into the finished products, and the systems to be used to support the production of consistent products.

Potential Career paths

A successful candidate would be able to progress onto an engineering / technical based apprenticeship, or move onto further educational courses (degree)  in a specialised subject area such as; Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

Assessments (incl. field work / assessed practical)

This qualification is made up of the four mandatory units described above, each worth 25% of the full qualification. Each unit is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction, and all units must be completed to achieve the full qualification.

Points are awarded at the end of each unit as follows: Pass 36marks, Merit 54marks, Distinction 72marks.

With the totals for all four units added up the overall grade is calculated using the following boundaries:

Pass = 144-197marks

Merit = 198-251marks

Dist  = 252-269marks

Dist* =270+marks

No. A Level equivalent

 ONE A-Level