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Engineering Study Options

Engineering Study Options

There’s a route into a career in engineering to suit everyone – full time, part time, academic, vocational or through an apprenticeship. We take a look at just some of your engineering study options.

Whether you are starting from nothing or you are making a decision after GCSEs or A-levels, there are a variety of engineering training options out there.

Entry Level and Level 1 engineering qualifications – No formal entry requirements

BTEC Entry Level and Level 1 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Engineering or Exploring the Construction and Engineering Sectors.

BTEC First in Engineering.

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering.

NVQ / IVQ Level 1 Certificate in Engineering.

Level 2 engineering study options – No formal entry requirements

Apprenticeships in Engineering Manufacture, Food and Drink Manufacturing, Automotive Clay Modelling, Bus and Coach Engineering, Rail Engineering, The Power Industry, Nuclear Working, The Water Industry or Engineering Construction.

Level 2 NVQ in Advanced Engineering, Aerospace and Aviation Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Maintenance and Installation or Land based Engineering Operations.

BTEC First in Engineering, Engineering Design and Product Investigation, Engineering Electronics and Computer Control Technologies, Engineering Materials and Manufacturing.

BTEC Technical Award in Engineering.

GCSEs in maths, Design and Technology, Science (Double or Triple Award), ICT, Computing.

Engineering study options beyond Level 2 – Require some prior achievement (at Level 2)

Advanced, Higher and Degree Apprenticeship in areas including: Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive Clay Modelling, Bus and Coach Engineering and Maintenance, Engineering Construction, Engineering Manufacture, Food and Drink Manufacturing, Nuclear Working, Polymer Processing, Rail Engineering, The Power Industry or The Water Industry.

Level 3 or 4 NVQ in areas including: Aeronautical Engineering, Automotive Clay Modelling, Building Services, Woodworking, Pattern and Model Making, Engineering Maintenance, Mechanical Manufacturing or Land based Engineering.

BTEC National, Higher National or Specialist / Professional Qualifications in Engineering.

A-levels in maths, physics, chemistry, ICT, computing, product design, biology or geography. *Check individual university entry requirements for specific courses.

Engineering study options beyond Level 3 – Require prior achievement, including A-levels, HNC, HND or equivalent and GCSE.

Full or part time foundation or bachelor’s degree option (outside of the degree apprenticeship route).

There are plenty of other qualifications out there. This is only intended to show you that there are different pathways, academic and vocational and that you can start from Entry Level and progress all the way to degree.

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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