Engineering update - May 2020

21 May 2020

An update from the Engineering and Manufacturing sector.

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Updates to qualifications

We have submitted some amendments on our current suite of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) qualifications to all regulators at the end of April.

There are additional optional units in all sizes around Microcontrollers and their use in Engineering as well as a new specialist pathway in our Diploma and Extended Diploma sizes in Motorsport. This takes units from our existing Vehicle Technology pathway and is suitable for an individual who wishes to enter the motorsport industry or wants to study motorsport engineering at a higher level.

We have also introduced a new size of qualification in our AME suite which is the 180GL sized Foundation Award. This has 1 mandatory unit and several optional units to select from. This size is ideally suited to an individual who would like to study engineering alongside a companion suite of qualifications (i.e. BTECs in Computing or Construction or A Levels in Maths and Physics) or as a part time programme to develop their skills or knowledge in this subject.

Before September we are also hoping to release an additional specialist pathway at Diploma and Extended Diploma sizes in Medical Engineering. Designed by NHS trusts and NHS England staff, this pathway is for an individual who wishes to work as a medical maintenance technician or retrain to work in this field. These units will also be available as standalone units for individuals who wish to specialise in specific types of medical equipment (i.e. ventilators). This qualification can be delivered as part of the Mechatronics Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Standard until a specialist Apprenticeship standard (currently in development) becomes available for delivery.

We also have a number of qualifications that have been extended these are as follows:

Extended until 31st December 2024 (Northern Ireland only)

Qualification Accreditation number
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Vehicle Technology 600/4344/1
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Technology 600/4343/X
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Vehicle Technology 600/4328/3

We are also withdrawing the following qualifications. All qualifications listed below will be withdrawn on the 31st December 2020 with the final certification date of the 31st December 2022.

Qualification Accreditation number

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Improving Performance for Manufacturing Engineering Operations 

600/3050/1
Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Lean Organisational Management Techniques  501/0020/8
Pearson BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering: Specialist Manufacturing Engineering 500/8270/X
Pearson Edexcel Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations  501/1693/9
Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills  501/0741/0
Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Business Improvement Techniques  501/0585/1
Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance and Installation  501/0621/1
Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering  501/0739/2
Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations 601/2547/0 
Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations 501/0659/4
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Business Improvement Techniques 501/0584/X
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering  601/2602/4
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance  601/2543/3
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering  601/2548/2
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computer Engineering 601/7578/3
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Computer Engineering 601/7586/2
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge) 601/9057/7

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