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t Josephs College, Coalisland

Engineering

St Joseph's Technology/Engineering Department has recently been given a £1.2million upgrade, equiping us with upto date CAD, CAM and Engineering resources.

Teacher in the Department

  • Mrs E Linden

At St Joseph’s College, pupils will study Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering.  The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core and optional specialist units. Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of optional units to reach a total of 120 GLH. This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering has been designed primarily for young people aged 14–19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study. It has been developed to:

● give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector

● give learners a more focused understanding of engineering through the selection of optional specialist units

● give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional units that are essential for successful performance in working life

● give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 engineering qualification

● support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship

● give full-time learners the opportunity to enter potential employment within a wide range of engineering sectors such as mechanical, automotive and electrical.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering provides an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. It provides underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills that reflect the needs of employers and higher and further education professionals. It presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context, to allow learners to understand theory and application.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering comprises core units that underpin the knowledge and skills that are valued in the engineering sector. One core unit focuses on essential knowledge, and the other core unit focuses on applying essential vocational skills.

BTEC Firsts are QCF Level 2 qualifications designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications also provide career development opportunities for those already in work. Consequently they provide a course of study for full-time or part-time learners in schools, colleges and training centres.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering also provides the starting point of a route to employment at a junior level in a range of engineering posts. They can expect to work in a range of settings, for example in the manufacturing, automotive, electrical and mechanical sectors. Learners can also choose to spend further periods of time studying in order to equip themselves with higher levels of knowledge and understanding.

On successful completion of a BTEC First qualification, learners can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area.

Key Features of BTEC First Award in Engineering

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award:

● is a level 2 qualification; however, it is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*, Level 1 and Unclassified

● is for learners aged 14 years and over

● is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE)

● has core units and optional units

● has 25 per cent of the qualification that is externally assessed. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments

● will be available on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

● presents knowledge in a work-related context

● gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply skills in English and mathematics in naturally occurring, work-related contexts

● provides opportunities for synoptic assessment. Learners will apply the skills and knowledge gained from the core units when studying the optional units.

This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

The BTEC First Award in Engineering have been developed in the engineering sector to:

● give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector

● give learners a more focused understanding of engineering through the selection of optional specialist units

● give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional units that are essential for successful performance in working life

● give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 engineering qualification

● support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship

● give full-time learners the opportunity to enter potential employment within a wide range of engineering sectors such as mechanical, automotive and electrical.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering provides an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. It provides underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills that reflect the needs of employers and higher and further education professionals. It presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context, to allow learners to understand theory and application.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering comprises core units that underpin the knowledge and skills that are valued in the engineering sector. One core unit focuses on essential knowledge, and the other core unit focuses on applying essential vocational skills.

Extra Curricular

The department offers tuition classes after school throughout the year. These have proven popular to pupils who wish to develop their grade throughout Year 11 and 12. Also there is an STEM Club after school which allows pupils the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and interest in the STEM subjects.

Other extra curricular activities include:

  • Revision classes
  • Off timetable manufacturing classes
  • STEM day.
  • STEM visits to South West College, Dungannon.
  • Links with local industry – Edge Innovate etc
  • Links with Dyson Foundation