BTEC Nationals in Engineering Specification update - Issue 6

29 April 2019

This update is to inform you about the recent changes to the BTEC Nationals in Engineering (RQF) specification. The most up to date specification is issue 6. 

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BTEC Nationals in Engineering - Specification update

Following on from the recent review of the BTEC Nationals in Engineering (RQF) specification, DfE has now approved the changes to the specification.

You can access the updated specification documents from the qualification page.

Access issue 6 of the BTEC Nationals in Engineering specifications

The changes are:

  • the addition of a new Unit 56: Industrial Robotics to the Diploma and Extended Diploma qualifications
  • the removal of the barred combinations for Unit: 8 Further Engineering Mathematics and Unit 36: Programmable Logic Controllers from the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • the increase in the number of barred units (from one to two units) that could be taken/delivered in the specialist qualifications, relaxing the barred combinations for Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering / Computer Engineering / Manufacturing Engineering / Aeronautical Engineering
  • an additional external assessment series for Unit 6: Microcontroller Systems for Engineers each year (in January and May/June from 2020) and new content in Topic A1 to include ARMĀ® microcontrollers and development software and Topic A2 that includes additional types of presence sensors - reed switch, inductive and capacitive proximity sensors, and passive infra-red (PIR) sensors

You can also view the changes in the table provided in the introductory pages of the specification. On this page, you will be able to see where the changes have been made.

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