We introduced this course in response to growing concerns, both on a nationwide level and from local engineering companies, that there are not enough young people  choosing engineering as a career. There are particular concerns there are not enough female engineers, so please bear in mind the course is suitable for boys and girls. This could be the first step towards an interesting, rewarding and well-paid career.  BTEC Engineering can be taken alongside the Design & Technology GCSE.



This course will introduce you to the engineering sector. You will gain important knowledge and technical skills within a practical learning environment.


  • Development of key practical and technical engineering skills such as research, observation, measurement, making, using CAD/CAM and disassembly

  • Knowledge of key engineering sectors; mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design

  • Knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineered product

  • Knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief


  • Component 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design 

  • Component 2: Investigating an Engineered Product

    Assessed internally and account for 60% of the final grade.

  • Component 3:  Responding to an Engineering Brief

    A task set and assessed externally accounts for the remaining 40% of the final grade. This is a practical task with

    a written paper carried out under examination conditions.


There’s a wide range of options available following successful completion of the course for either work-related progression or further education.

  • Petroc runs a wide range of courses such as a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering, and a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. There are also Apprenticeship qualifications relating to the different engineering sectors.

  • Apprenticeships with local Engineering companies

  • A-level Product Design at a local school

Click on the Careers poster to find out more.


BTEC Engineering videos

BTEC Engineering Specification

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