Structure and assessment

BTEC First Award in Engineering Electronics and Computer Control Technologies is one of three specialist engineering qualifications we've developed in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Structure of the qualification

Two core units and one mandatory unit provide the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the engineering sector.

Unit Core units Assessment method GLH
1 The Engineered World External 30
36 Electrical and Electronic Circuit Construction and Testing Internal 30
37 Computer Applications in Engineering (mandatory) Internal 60


Built on the rigorous assessment standards expected of BTEC qualifications, the new qualification includes an externally assessed unit, Unit 2: The Engineered World. We've designed the external assessment to be appropriate for the sector, reflecting the skills and aptitudes required. The external assessment takes the form of a one-hour onscreen test.

Unit overview

Unit 1: The Engineered World

Learners investigate the processes used to manufacture modern products in different engineering sectors and study some of the new developments in materials and engineering technology that have an impact on life today. They will also investigate waste reduction and sustainability issues from an engineering perspective, discovering how engineers can help control and reduce environmental damage.

Unit 36: Electrical and Electronic Circuit Construction and Testing

After completing this unit, learners will be able to construct and test electronic circuits to understand how they work. The unit looks at the basics of working safely by applying safe practices when working with electrical and electronic systems. The unit will allow learners to test electrical and electronic circuit operation using equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, logic probes and signal generators.

Unit 37: Computer Applications in Engineering

In this unit, learners investigate how computers are used when technicians carry out maintenance on engineering systems. They will investigate how computers are used in industry to control processes and manufacturing, as well as the reasons for fitting microprocessors to domestic appliances such as washing machines.

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