engineering

BTEC Level 1/2 First Extended Certificate in Engineering

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate
Duration: 
1 year
Level: 
2
Curriculum Manager: 
Barbara Cox

What is the BTEC Level 1/2 First Extended Certificate in Engineering?

Are you intrigued by how gadgets work? Do you like to take things apart? Do you enjoy making things? Would you like to learn how professional designers and engineers work? Would you like to use computers to help you in designing and making products? Are you interested in improving your practical manufacturing skills? Would you enjoy learning about the concepts that lie behind the way things work?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any or all of the above questions this course could be for you. It is a mixture of learning and doing, allowing you to see and try a whole range of designing and manufacturing activities. From freehand sketching to CAD drawings; from manual workshop skills to the use of CAM; from understanding the theoretical concepts behind mechanical, electrical and materials topics to applying these to your own designs; you will be involved in a wide range of design and engineering based activities.

Is the BTEC Level 1/2 First Extended Certificate in Engineering suitable for me?

Students on this course enjoy the variety of lessons and the practical nature of much of the work. The use of high quality CAD/CAM facilities helps to see how this type of work is carried out in the real world.

As much of the course is assessed by coursework it means that there are lots of assignments to be completed and you have to meet given deadlines. Some of the coursework includes written work as well as design work. You will be set homework and need to be organised and keep on top of things.

How will I learn?

All lessons will be taught in our new state-of-the art Sonardyne Centre. This has an electronics lab, CAD room and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. You will encounter a wide variety of learning opportunities including some theoretical teaching, video based learning, practical workshop sessions, individual project work, group work, etc. You will have lots of short assignment based tasks, with set deadlines to meet.

You will be expected to work outside your actual lesson time. This could be at home, in the College library and independent learning centre, or in the department work area. You should spend in excess of 5 hours a week outside lessons on this activity.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a total of nine units during this one year course. Two of the units are externally examined the rest are assessed by coursework - and this may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects and staff observations.
For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. You will also be awarded an overall grade which will be at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Progression

There are a variety of routes you can take when you successfully complete this course. You may wish to go into employment with an engineering company, where you may be able to continue with some training, perhaps on a day-release basis. If you have the aptitude you may qualify to continue studying at Alton College on the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering course or possibly an alternative level 3 programme.

Entry requirements

You would normally have achieved a Grade D profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 3 is equivalent to a Grade D. To study this subject you should have an interest in technical subjects.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbook, stationery and calculators (where appropriate).
Essential: Steel toe capped leather footwear and 100% cotton full overalls for workshop use. An independent supplier will visit the college during the first week so students can purchase these at a competitive cost.
Students are required to make a contribution of £20 for materials and resources used on the course. This needs to be made through the online store after enrolment.
If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Barbara Cox

What is the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering?

A BTEC National Extended Certificate is a 2-year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC Extended Certificates or CTECs. The full National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level, and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points.

You will study a series of  units over two years covering a range of engineering related subjects which give you an understanding of the skills, qualities and knowledge needed to work in this field. Over the two years of the course you will study:

  • Engineering principles
  • Delivery of Engineering processes
  • Safety as a team
  • Engineering product design and manufacture

 

Is the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering suitable for me?

The National Extended Certificate is suitable for anyone interested in manufacturing processes, learning how things work and some practical engineering skills. You may be thinking about a career in one of the many branches of engineering such as mechanical, electronic, civil and design or you may be considering a manufacturing or industrial engineering career.

How will I learn?

Most lessons will be taught in our new state-of-the art Sonardyne Technology Centre. This has an electronics lab, CAD room and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. For much of your time on the course you will be carrying out assignment based projects. You will be expected to spend at least six hours per week on private study to complete these projects.

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC National Extended Certificate is both internally and externally assessed. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. Some are assessed internatlly by your teachers and then moderated by the board. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. Students must complete the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC National Extended Certificate.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

Course costs

Essential: Steel toe capped leather footwear and 100% cotton full  overalls  for workshop use. We supply these but students may choose to buy their own from our independent supplier during the first week of term.

Students are required to make a contribution of £20 for materials and resources used on the course. This needs to be made through the online store after enrolment.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Barbara Cox

What is Engineering?

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering is a full-time two-year course designed for students considering a career in any branch of Engineering. During the course you will gain knowledge and skills which will prepare you for a career, or further study, in the Engineering sector.

During the course you will cover subjects such as Design and Manufacture, Business considerations, Mathematics and Engineering principles, Electronics, Mechanics, CAD and Engineering Project.

This qualification programme provides access to some highly specialist units and topics which will help you develop the skills you need to start or progress to a career in Engineering.

The BTEC National Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to follow a career straight away or to apply for higher education first.

Is Engineering suitable for me?

Students have commented that they particularly enjoy the wide variety of activities that they undertake during the course, and have appreciated the help and guidance given by the well-qualified staff. Many students who follow this course find the practical nature of some of the units very rewarding, and have had great success in manufacturing their solutions to real design problems.
The course is quite intensive and some students have found the need to complete large amounts of coursework quite demanding.

How will I learn?

Practical work is just one element of the course.  Most lessons will be taught in our new state-of-the art Sonardyne Technology Centre. This has an electronics lab, CAD room and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. For much of your time on the course you will be carrying out assignment based projects. Indeed the majority of the units you cover are assessed by coursework type projects and tasks. At the beginning of the second year you will carry out a work experience placement at one of a wide range of local companies. The College will help you to identify a suitable placement.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a range of units during the two years of the course. The units are to be assessed by a combination of internally and externally assessed coursework, this includes the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects, and staff observations. There is just one exam during the whole programme.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) grade. As this qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade consisting of three grades – such as PPP, MMP, or D*DD.

Students must complete the full two years of the course to receive the full National Extended Diploma in Engineering.

Progression

This course is good preparation for anyone wishing to go into employment, or to higher education in the engineering field. Local companies often contact the College to help them recruit staff, and sometimes the work experience placement results in the offer of full-time employment at the end of the course.

Many students have found that the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering course has been a very successful, and a more appropriate route into university, either at HND, foundation degree or degree level, than the A Level route. A number of students who were not considering university at all at the beginning of the course have been encouraged successfully to pursue this route. Our previous students have gone on to a wide variety of courses and jobs. Here are some examples:

Sammy was at Alton College for four years. She successfully completed a Level 2 course in  Engineering, progressed onto the Level 3 Engineering course and is now completing an Aeronautical Engineering apprenticeship at ATC Lasham.
Andy went on to an Electronic Engineering Degree course at York University.
Kieran successfully completed the course and is now studying for a Foundation Degree in Mechanical & Electronic Engineering at Alton College in conjunction with Portsmouth University.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. 

You will need to be well-organised and able to manage your time effectively, as there are many coursework assignments to be completed to strict deadlines.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbook and stationery, USB memory stick and calculators (where appropriate). Estimated costs are outlined below:

Essential:  Steel toe capped leather footwear and 100% cotton full overalls for workshop use. An independent supplier will visit the college during the first week so students can purchase these at a competitive cost.
Students are required to make a contribution of £30 for materials and resources used on the course. This needs to be made through the online store after enrolment.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Engineering

Qualification: 

BTEC First Diploma

Duration: 
1 year
Level: 
2

What is Engineering?

Are you intrigued by how gadgets work? Do you like to take things apart? Do you enjoy making things? Would you like to learn how professional designers and engineers work? Would you like to use computers to help you in designing and making products? Are you interested in improving your practical manufacturing skills? Would you enjoy learning about the concepts that lie behind the way things work?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any or all of the above questions this course could be for you. It is a mixture of learning and doing, allowing you to see and try a whole range of designing and manufacturing activities. From freehand sketching to CAD drawings; from manual workshop skills to the use of CAM; from understanding the theoretical concepts behind mechanical, electrical and materials topics to applying these to your own designs; you will be involved in a wide range of design and engineering based activities.

Is Engineering suitable for me?

Students on this course enjoy the variety of lessons and the practical nature of much of the work. The use of high quality CAD/CAM facilities helps to see how this type of work is carried out in the real world.

The course is really hard work. Because lots of the course is assessed by coursework, it means there are lots of assignments to be completed and you have to meet lots of deadlines. Some of the coursework includes written work as well as design work. There’s quite a bit of homework to do, so you have to be really organised and keep on top of things.

How will I learn?

Some lessons are in classrooms, some are in the engineering and design workshop, some in the science labs and some in computer rooms. You will encounter a wide variety of learning opportunities including some theoretical teaching, video based learning, practical workshop sessions, individual project work, group work, etc. You will have lots of short assignment based tasks, so lots of short deadlines to meet!

You will be expected to work outside your actual lesson time. This could be at home, in the College library and independent learning centre, or in the department work area. You should spend in excess of 5 hours a week outside lessons on this activity.

How will I be assessed?

The work of this course is assessed entirely through assignments that you produce during the course.

You will study a total of eight units during the year of the course. All of the units are assessed by coursework – and this may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects, and staff observations. None of the units require you to sit a formal examination.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit, or Distinction grade. You will also be awarded an overall grade, which again will be at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Progression

There are a variety of routes you can take when you successfully complete this course. You may wish to go into employment with an engineering company, where you may be able to continue with some training, perhaps on a day-release basis. If you have the aptitude you may qualify to continue studying at Alton College on the BTEC National Diploma Engineering course.

Entry requirements

In order to be successful on this course you must be keen and motivated towards design and engineering activities, be prepared to spend time and effort in producing your portfolios of work, and possess four GCSE D grades, which should include English, Mathematics, Science and/or Design and Technology.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbook, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where appropriate).

Essential: Sturdy leather boots or shoes for workshop use (approximately £50).

£10 for materials.

If the cost of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, there is the opportunity to apply for help from the College Access Fund.

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