March 2015 update | Pearson qualifications

March 2015 update

24 March 2015

This month's engineering sector update includes information about trailblazer provider briefing sessions and engineering and automotive sector development forums.

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Engineering apprenticeship trailblazer provider briefing sessions

For providers interested in finding out more about engineering apprenticeship trailblazer developments, GTA England and the National Forum of Engineering Centres (NFEC) are hosting three events during March and April.

These events will give providers the opportunity to find out about the standards and the qualifications within these and to gain an insight from providers currently trialling the standards.

These events are being held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 25 March at BAE Systems in Preston
  • Wednesday 15 April at Toyota Manufacturing UK in Derby
  • Wednesday 22 April at Marshalls Aerospace in Cambridge

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Apprenticeship reform and trailblazers

Pearson is currently working with the following engineering trailblazer groups to develop new qualifications and assessments for the revised apprenticeship standards, which are due to be operational from September 2015. These will not completely replace the existing SASE apprenticeship frameworks, but will replace roles within them.

Aerospace and Airworthiness

  • Aerospace Manufacturing Fitter
  • Aerospace Electrical Fitter
  • Machinist
  • Aircraft Maintenance Fitter (Fixed and Rotary Wing)
  • Maintenance Mechanic (Military)
  • Survival Equipment Fitter (Military)
  • Airworthiness Planning Quality & Safety Technician
  • Aircraft Certifying Engineer
  • Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer
  • Aerospace Software Developer


  • Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
  • Product Design and Development Technician
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Control/Technical Support Engineer
  • Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Product Design and Development Engineer

Automotive Retail

  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Service Technician (Light Vehicle)
  • Auto Industry Customer Service Advisor
  • Vehicle Sales Advisor
  • Vehicle Parts Operator

For more information on these occupations or for more information on the apprenticeship trailblazer and reforms in general, please contact Bryony Leonard on +44 (0)1865 314 049 or via email on

Engineering and automotive sector development forums

We would like to invite you to our free-of-charge sector development forum events, which are designed to inform, update and educate you on the sector.

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Claiming apprenticeship certificates via ACE

We have been informed by SEMTA that centres are currently using screen prints from Edexcel Online and uploading these to ACE in replacement of certificates. Be aware that the information contained within this document is not always consistent with the requirements for ACE. This information does not contain the qualification number which is required by ACE to confirm qualification details.

Whilst this information can still be used to claim apprenticeship certificates, providers need to be aware that FISSS/ACE/SEMTA may require you to provide additional information to support the claim (i.e. certificate or proof of qualification number).

If you have any queries about this issue, please do not hesitate to contact Bryony Leonard on or via telephone on +44 (0)1865 314 049.

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering (Specialist: Manufacturing Engineering) (QCF)

The above qualification has been amended to include an additional 7 units. These units are as follows:

  • M/600/0377 Working safely and effectively in Engineering
  • T/600/0378 Interpreting and using Engineering Information
  • A/600/0396 Selecting Engineering Materials
  • L/600/0399 Using Computer Aided Drawing Techniques in Engineering
  • A/600/0401 Operation and Maintenance of Mechanical Systems and Components
  • F/600/0402 Operation and Maintenance of Electrical Systems and Components
  • J/600/0403 Operation and Maintenance of Electronic Systems and Components.

The revised qualification specification will be posted on our website shortly. You'll find this on the specification page.

For more information on this qualification, please contact your SV or Account Specialist.

19+ funding retention

As part of the new rules for awarding organisations, we are required to provide at least five letters from employers highlighting their support for qualifications to retain funding as standalone provision for learners aged over 19. This will not affect qualifications apprenticeship funding as this will remain.

Within the engineering sector, we are seeking support from employers for the following qualifications in order to retain funding for 2015/16:

  • 501/0585/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Business-Improvement Techniques (QCF)
  • 501/1693/9 Pearson Edexcel Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations (QCF)
  • 501/0659/4 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations (QCF)
  • 501/0584/X Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Business-Improvement Techniques (QCF)
  • 501/0020/8 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Lean Organisation Management Techniques (QCF)
  • 600/4135/3 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Manufacturing Sewn Products (QCF)
  • 600/4136/5 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Manufacturing Textile Products (QCF)
  • 600/3897/4 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Textile Care Services (QCF)
  • 601/2547/0 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (QCF)
If you feel you are able to support us in this request, please contact Bryony Leonard, Sector Manager on or +44 (0)1865 314 049.

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