BTEC Level 1 Diploma (Pre-T Level)

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Engineering - BTEC Level 1 Diploma SF-ENGN1D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2022-23 (1 years)

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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.


Four GCSEs at grade 2 including English Language, Mathematics and Science. You will be interviewed by a student recruitment advisor 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.

Materials/resources £20.00
Overalls £23.00
Safety shoes £17.00

Successful students may advance to a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering, or to an Apprenticeship in Engineering. Progression to Level 2 will depend on your Level 1 results, attendance, behaviour and GCSE grade.

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student