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This qualification is a Technical Award broadly equivalent in size to one GCSE, and is designed for pre-16 students working at level 1 who want to include a study of engineering in their broader Key Stage 4 curriculum. It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the sector, enabling students to develop and apply their knowledge while also acquiring a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

This qualification provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of engineering.

The engineering sector covers a wide range of activities, and so the choice of units available enables the precise nature of the qualification to be tailored to meet the interests and progression aspirations of individual groups of students. Students must first learn about how to work safely in engineering, and can then go on to develop skills in using tools and machinery to make and assemble engineering components, servicing the machinery and wiring electrical circuits. There are also opportunities to understand more about what it means to work as part of a team, and planning an enterprise activity.


The portfolio-based approach to assessment will also support the development of communication skills such as extended writing and drafting, critical skills of analysis, teamworking, working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively, accurately completing tasks and processes and study skills such as research and time management. These skills will help support progression to level 2 and any future chosen course.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.


Continual assessment and you must pass all units.

Entry Requirements

External Candidates: MUST have 3 GCSE at Grade E-G (1 or 2) in Maths & English and one other subject. You will also be asked for an academic reference from previous school/college.

Entry level qualifications may be accepted with a minimum of Merit (if applicable) and Functional Skills in Maths and English at E3 or a BKSB assessment of Maths and English at E3 if accompanied by an academic reference from previous school/college.

Internal Progression Candidates: must have a good reference from Progression Pathways or alternate course at Merton/South Thames which includes Excellent attendance and punctuality.

All learners with Functional Skills at Grade E will be enrolled onto Functional Skills L1. Applicants with Functional Skills at L1 or with one GCSE at Grade D will be enrolled onto GCSE for that subject.

Next Steps

By developing the sector knowledge and skills outlined above, students will be well prepared for progression to a Level 2 vocational course in engineering or an apprenticeship.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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