BTEC Extended Certificate


The qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas and is academically rigorous with four externally and two internally assessed units. The qualification is highly regarded by both employers and Higher Education providers.

Units studied

Unit 1: Mathematics in Engineering – Externally assessed
Unit 2: Science for Engineering – Externally assessed
Unit 3: Principles of Mechanical Engineering – Externally assessed
Unit 4: Principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering – Externally assessed
Unit 22: Engineering and the Environment – Internally assessed
Unit 20: Business for Engineering – Internally assessed


The CTEC qualification in Engineering will develop students’ understanding of the underpinning mathematics and scientific principles of engineering. Students will gain practical experience in a variety of areas, such as mechanical and electrical engineering. There will be a significant amount of scientific and mathematical theory to underpin the engineering with the depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills required to give a very strong combination of units to access either level 4 apprenticeships or Higher Education.


Computer designing (CAD); mechanical and electrical/electronics engineering; product design in aerospace and the car industry; civil engineering; chemical engineering.
Careers The Cambridge Technicals course is designed to meet the Technical Level characteristics and will provide students with the skills required when starting out in their chosen career in engineering. Key industry employers and experts agree that Cambridge Technicals provide students with the right knowledge and competence required when entering employment or Higher Education. Engineers in Britain and throughout the world are in high demand and there are a wide range of options for engineering students. The common choices are either University or an Industrial Apprenticeship. There are 40,000 aerospace industry jobs in the Bristol area, plus a large range of other, well established engineering industries. Engineers are paid above average salaries and often enjoy the option to travel overseas on projects.

“Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.”
– Sir Henry Royce, English engineer and car designer

Additional Entry Requirements

Either BTEC Engineering Level 2 – Merit, or GCSE
Mathematics – Grade 5


All units internally assessed Opportunities for work related activities Opportunities to work with companies like Rolls Royce, taking part in the Engineering education scheme.