The BTEC in Engineering has been designed to give learners the underpinning knowledge and specific skills required to meet the needs of modern engineering industries.

This course consists of both practical work and engineering theory and is therefore ideal preparation for employment, the Armed Forces or further progression to higher level courses. It is equally valuable to those undertaking other A level courses who wish to supplement their theoretical knowledge with practical skills.

The qualification provides opportunities for learners who intend progressing into senior technician roles as well as for those who are not yet based in industry and wish to gain a sound understanding of engineering processes and principles.

This course is delivered ‘off site at Liskeard School’s appropriately named ‘Engineering and Construction Skills Centre’ at Moorswater Industrial Estate. The centre boasts industrial standard workshop facilities and equipment, with a dedicated IT suite and separate classroom.



The BTEC level 3 Certificate in Engineering is the equivalent to one AS level.

Subject units include:

  1. Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace

This unit will provide learners with an understanding of the key features of health and safety legislation and regulations and how these are applied to Engineering workshops to ensure safe working conditions.

  1. Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques

This unit gives learners the opportunity to explore some of the specialist techniques found primarily in Mechanical Engineering / Manfacturing that are used to machine or finish complicated shapes. Topics include the following:

  • Turning, milling, boring, grinding, presswork, health and safety, materials and kinematics
  • Electro discharge, Broaching, Honing and lapping
  • Heat treatment processes for ferrous metals and assembly techniques.
  • Hot processes, anodising and plating methods.
  1. Fabrication Processes and Technology

This unit will develop learners knowledge of the processes used to safely measure, mark out, cut, form and assemble fabricated structures using sheet metal. Topics covered will include:

  • Learning about health and safety legislation, regulations and safe working practices in the fabrication industry
  • Knowing about and using the processes intended to mark out and prepare materials to produce fabricated structures
  • Learn how materials are formed and assembled to produce fabricated structures
  • Gain experience of interpreting the specification of a fabricated structure and plan and carry out its manufacture



Students will attend our Engineering Skills Centre where they will be encouraged to utilise the centre’s facilities, to develop their understanding of the subject, relate this understanding through the use of IT and put that theory into practice. When appropriate, organised site visits to Engineering establishments relevant to the area of study will be arranged.



Either a minimum of four GCSE’s at grade C or above, to include Maths and Science or a Merit in BTEC Level 2 in Engineering or Vehicle Technology and C/D grades in Maths and Science.

Also students must show a commitment to developing practical skills.

Please Note: All students will have an interview with the Department (which may include a practical task) to determine suitability.



The Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Engineering offers progression within employment and to other related qualifications such as the Level 4 BTEC in Engineering, NVQ’s in Engineering or Advanced Apprenticeship or Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering.

The qualification Employment opportunities may exist in the following job roles:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Production Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical /Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Electrician
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Engineering Maintenance Fitter/Technician



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