BTEC Level 1 Diploma

This course is ideal if you are passionate about engineering. You will find out about the different jobs within the industry and gain introductory skills across a broad range of engineering tasks. This course blends theory with practical assignments.

You will study multiple units on this course. These include safety in the workplace, technical drawing, the use of hand tools, electronic assembly, wiring circuits, drilling, machinery and more. You will be taught in small groups in the classroom and in our workshops.


Type of study
Examination board

Availability & Details

Engineering, Level 1 SF-ENGNL1-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2018-19 (1 year)
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You must have four GCSEs at grade 2, including Maths and English Language and Science. You will be interviewed by an engineering lecturer to gauge your interest in Engineering.

The course is divided into the following nine units:

  • Starting work in engineering – You will research various different occupations, working hours, salaries and conditions to help you make realistic decisions regarding your future
  • Interpreting and using engineering information – This is a Level 2 Unit where it is possible to achieve Merits and Distinctions. You will learn how to draw in five different formats using paper and pencil to ultimately create a set of working engineering drawings
  • Working safely in an engineering environment – You will carry out risk assessments and have a thorough understanding of safety in the workplace
  • Developing skills in making engineering components using hand tools – You will learn the skills of making items from engineering drawings through marking out and use of hand tools
  • Developing skills in electronic assembly – There are two electronic units to be built and evaluated
  • Developing skills in wiring electrical circuits – One circuit to be built with lights and buzzers
  • Developing skills in using a bench/pedestal drill – Consists of manufacturing components to tolerance from engineering drawings, the skills will be in drilling
  • Developing skills in planning and making a machined product – Consists of manufacturing components to tolerance from engineering drawings, the skills will be in turning and milling
  • Marking out – This is a Level 2 unit where Merits and Distinctions could be achieved

All students will have to re-take GCSE English or/and Mathematics alongside your main engineering course. These units will give you a good introduction into engineering and help you to gain new skills, such as using traditional workshop machinery.

You will be taught by engineering lecturers in a group no bigger than 18. These lessons will either be in the classroom completing written work or in the workshop where you will make and machine components. The workshop activities involve hand fitting skills, such as sheet metal work, using lathes and milling machines. You will also build basic electronic circuit boards.

You will be assessed on a constant basis throughout the course. You will build up a portfolio of evidence, which your lecturer will check and guide you through. The evidence you need to produce will be either written work, drawings or practical work.

Boots and overalls must be purchased before work commences in the workshop. These can be purchased through the College during enrolment or through your own supplier. Approximately £25 for both.

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I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student


Successful students may advance to a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering, or to a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering. Progression to Level 2 will depend on your attendance, Level 1 results, no discipline issues and GCSE grade. Alternative courses are available within the College if you decide that Engineering is not for you after the First Year.


Toolmaker, CNC operator, CNC programmer, Maintenance Engineer, Production Engineer, Project Engineer, General Fitter and Turner, Electrical technician, Electrical Engineer.