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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway



Level 2


1 year


Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

Start date

Sep 2020

This course has been developed by engineering sectors to give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment or to progress to higher level engineering qualifications.

Follow our engineering pathway and you will get an excellent grounding in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering to enable you to choose the career that’s right for you. If you like finding solutions to technical challenges, engineering could be your future. Skilled engineers are in demand; so much so that there is a major drive, nationally and locally, to encourage young people into the profession.

As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to take part in employer-led, work-based projects, based on real-life scenarios, providing invaluable experience to supplement your studies. 

This programme will enable you to develop your knowledge of engineering materials, design and processes, graphical communication including CAD, and electrical and electronic principles.

Upon successful completion of the Level 2 programme, you will be able to progress on to the Level 3 programme at Banbury and Bicester College. Our Level 3 students have recently benefitted from curriculum sponsorship from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), including a work-based project, guest lecturing and regional competitions.

What I'll learn

Through this programme you will learn some useful and helpful skills for a career in engineering such as machining, welding and fabrication.

You will undertake a number of core, mandatory and optional units.

Core units:

  • The Engineering World
  • Investigating an Engineering Product
  • Introduction to Communication

Mandatory: Health and Safety

  • Engineering Materials
  • Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
  • Mathematics for Engineering


  • Group A: Fabrication Machining
  • Group B: Welding Technology Computer Aided Manufacturing

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain a BTEC Level 2 qualification. You can progress on to a BTEC Level 3.


How I'll learn

Your learning will involve a combination of theory and principles with hands-on experience within real work situations.

You will learn from experienced staff and develop your skills in a creative and enjoyable way. You will study core units covering engineering working practices, using engineering information, Maths for technicians, and electrical and mechanical science for engineering purposes.

You also have the chance to specialise in additional areas and develop your English, maths and ICT skills, which are essential for successful performance in working life.


How I'll be assessed

Assignments will give you the opportunity to prepare written work based on your own observations (e.g. describe health and safety procedures). Additional assessment may be carried out by tutor observation and/ or witness statements. Assessment of this course is mainly within the context of engineering and motorsport.


Entry Requirements

4 or more GCSEs at grades D-E or above (2-3 or above), including English and excluding maths.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us to discuss your circumstances. 

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 

Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.