About the Subject:

The BTEC Level 2 First Engineering qualification (equivilent to 2 GCSE A*-C grade/min. 30 credits) has been developed in the Engineering sector to:

  • Provide education and training.
  • Give opportunities for Engineering employees to achieve a nationally recognised level occasionally specific qualification.
  • Give full-time learners a better understanding of the Engineering sector which can help them to obtain employment in this sector or to progress to a Level 3 vocational qualification, such as the BTEC Level 3 National in Engineering.
  • Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.


Area of study:  

Course Structure and Unit Details

 The course is made up of 4 units. Two mandatory units plus two optional units for a combine total of 30 units.

Unit1: Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering (5 Credits)

Learning outcomes:

  • This unit aims to give learners an understanding of statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements to enable them to work safely, efficiently and effectively in engineering.

 On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Be able to apply statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements.
  • Be able to work efficiently and effectively in engineering. 

 Unit 2: Interpreting and Using Engineering Information  (5 Credits)

 Learning outcomes:

  • This unit aims to give learners the knowledge and skills needed to use engineering information such as drawings and working instructions to carry out manufacturing or engineering process operations. 

 On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Know how to interpret drawings and related documentation.
  •  Be able to use information from drawings and related documentation.

Unit 10: Using Computer Aided Drawing Techniques in Engineering.(10 Credits)

 Learning outcomes:

  • To give learners the opportunity to use computer aided drawing (CAD) techniques in an engineering context.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Be able to start up and close down hardware and software in order to perform CAD activities.
  • Be able to produce CAD drawings.
  • Be able to modify engineering drawings using CAD commands.
  • Be able to store and retrieve engineering drawings for printing/plotting.

Unit 14: Selecting and Using Secondary Machining Techniques to Remove Materials.(Credits 10)

Learning outcomes:

  • This unit gives learners the opportunity to explore, select and use appropriate secondary machining techniques to remove material.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Know how a range of secondary machining techniques is used.
  • Know how work-holding devices and tools are used.
  • Be able to use a secondary machining technique safely and accurately to make a workpiece.
  • Know about aspects of health and safety relative to secondary machining techniques.

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