St John Plessington Catholic College

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Head of Department:

Mr R Perry  




BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Enterprise


If you are looking for a career in business and want to develop skills and understanding that are directly relevant to the business world, then this qualification is for you. The BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise has been designed to accredit a candidate’s achievement in a modern and practical way. The course will help build the skills, knowledge and understanding of enterprises that are needed to continue studying and to start work. You will have the opportunity to explore what it means to set up and run an enterprise, as well as develop key skills and gain an insight into the sector. The skills and experience you will gain are vital to succeed in the business environment, thereby enhancing your employability within the business sector.


Unit 1: Manufacturing Engineering Products

Unit 1 provides learners with the opportunity to interpret different types of engineering information in order to manufacture an Engineering product. Learners will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in using a range of engineering tools and equipment in order to produce and test an end product. The product is given to the students by the examining board at the start of the 2 year course and must be manufactured to within a supplied tolerance. This unit is worth 40% of the final grade and will be internally assessed.

Unit 2: Designing Engineering Products

Unit 2 allows learners to explore how an engineered product is adapted and improved over time, and it offers learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding to adapt an existing component, element or part of the engineering outcome that they produced for Unit 1. This adaptation will be provided by the examining board in the form of a theme or scenario that must be interpreted and used as a basis for the improvement. This unit is worth 20% of the final grade and will be internally assessed.

Unit 3: Solving Engineering Problems

This is a written exam focusing on general material properties, manufacturing methods and engineering tools. It also introduces learners to a range of considerations that impact on engineering design and how modern engineering has had an impact on modern day life at home, work and in society in general. This is an 80 mark exam that is worth 40% of the final grade and is externally assessed.


Engineering accounts for more than 20% of the UK’s annual turnover, this equates to over £1.2 trillion, so there are a huge number of opportunities that follow this course.

Careers that could be utilised using this qualification include aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil or structural engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, marine or mechanical engineering and much more.

In addition to this students could further study Design & Technology at A Level at SJP, complete a degree in Engineering or start an apprenticeship with companies like Airbus or Cammell Laird.