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BTEC Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education Engineering

Two Year Course 

Course Content

This course aims to give students a broad grounding at advanced level in mechanical, electrical and computer based engineering technology. It can also be supplemented with a variety of options to suit the individual needs of candidates. For example GCSEs, A levels and practical workshop based engineering NVQs can be studied alongside the main qualification.

Compulsory units on the course include:

  • Application of New Technology  in Engineering

  • Applied Mathematics in Engineering

  • Applied Science in Engineering

  • Design and Development

  • Engineering Materials

  • Engineering in Business and  the Environment

These core units are backed up by optional units in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and further mathematics. Subjects covered can range from microelectronics and CAD/CAM to programmable logic controllers.

Method of Assessment

Students are assessed through set assignments, external tests and case studies.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess 4 GCSEs (grade ŚCą or above), an appropriate Intermediate GNVQ, or equivalent qualification. They will also need to provide satisfactory references. Applications from individuals with relevant previous experience, including mature students, are particularly welcomed.


This qualification allows students to progress onto higher level qualifications, such as Higher National Diplomas or degree level programmes. The course can also act as an ideal preparation for a career in the food, petro-chemical, textiles, electronics, construction, computing and manufacturing industries.