BTEC Engineering

Course overview

A BTEC in Engineering is a great choice for pupils looking for a practical and creative qualification. The course aims to provide students with the relevant skills and knowledge that employers value, as well as the confidence to progress into a fulfilling, exciting career. Engineering covers a broad variety of roles and it involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely and support them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas. Learners taking this qualification will study mandatory content covering:

  • Engineering principles and mathematics
  • Health and safety, team work and interpreting and creating computer-aided engineering
  • Drawings
  • Design and manufacture of products.


  • Unit 1: Engineering Principles.
  • Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team.
  • Unit 3: Engineering Product Design and Manufacture.
    • One optional unit from the following:
    • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
    • Work Experience in the Engineering Sector
    • Computer Aided Design in Engineering
    • Engineering Maintenance and Condition Monitoring Techniques 
    • Pneumatic and Hydraulic SystemsElectronic Devices and Circuits
    • Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
    • Mechanical Measurement and Inspection Technology
    • Computer Programming
    • Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes
    • Fabrication Manufacturing Processes
    • Additive Manufacturing Processes


The course has a mixture of internal and external assessments.  Two thirds of the course is externally assessed.

  • Unit 1: Externally assessed - One paper lasting 2 hours - 33% of marks.
  • Unit 2: Three internally assessed assignments - 17% of marks.
  • Unit 3: Externally assessed - supervised assessment period of 8 hours to be completed within a 5 day period - 33% of marks.
  • Unit 4: Internal assessment based on option.

Exam Board

Pearson Edexcel BTEC

Entry Criteria

Five GCSEs including Mathematics at Grade 5. It is also desirable to have a Physics GCSE at Grade 5.

For American Program pupils: Algebra I and Geometry, maintaining at least a B+ average. Physics is recommended (can be taken concurrently).

Career Pathways

From this general Engineering course pupils will be able to branch out into any of the individual disciplines, including:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Textile Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering