BTEC TECH Award Engineering


Lead Internal Verifier – Mr York

Subject overview

BTEC Tech Awards have been specifically designed for 14-16 year olds and are assessed using assignments and practical tasks to suit students who learn through a vocational context. BTEC qualifications are equivalent to GCSE’s and can be counted in the ‘open’ group for Progress 8. The grading criteria follows a Pass, Merit, Distinction format and assessment is conducted at level 1 and level 2 to recognise the achievements of all students.

These qualifications allow students to take responsibility for their own learning and develop skills which are essential for the workplace, such as teamwork, research skills and independent study. They enable students to apply the knowledge they have learned to real life contexts, making the transition from school to the workplace smoother. BTEC Tech Awards give students the opportunity to progress into further study including A Levels, BTEC National Diplomas, Apprenticeships, University and the workplace.

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering is for learners who want to acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The pupils will learn about engineering, solving problems using science and maths as a basis for their ideas as they develop. Engineering is about theoretical knowledge and design leading to prototype manufacture. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learners experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them through an engineering pathway firstly looking at college and higher education through to careers within the industry.

What does the qualification cover?

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

• development of key engineering practical and technical skills, such as research, observation, measurement, making, using computer-aided design (CAD) and disassembly

• knowledge of key engineering sectors (mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design) and the interrelation of each in industry

• knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project

• knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief. This Award complements the learning in GCSE programmes such as GCSE Design and Technology by broadening the application of design and make tasks, working with an engineering brief, testing and evaluation.

Curriculum Map


Component 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications

Aim: To get to know industry sectors and how the work together to solve real life problems

Internally assessed unit based on assignment and project work. Completed in year 10.

30% of final mark


Component 2: Investigating an Engineering Product

Aim: Explore the types of materials, components and processes used to make products, then reproduce and test a product.

Internally assessed work based on assignments and practical assessment. Completed in year 11.

30% of final mark


Component 3: Responding to an Engineering Brief

Aim: To provide solutions to real-life problems by creating their own engineered product.

Externally assessed exam involving the creation of an engineering product. First attempt in February of year 11, retakes in May of year 11.

40% of final mark

Extra Curricular Activities

There are regular drop-in after school sessions with subject leaders to help students with assignment writing and exam preparation throughout the two years of the courses.

Exam Board

Pearson Qualification

Useful Materials

On these links you can find downloadable copies of the specifications for each course and overview information

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