St John Plessington Catholic College

Head of Department:

Miss E Hughes




Level 1/2 Award in Engineering


WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Engineering  is offered as a two year course with content broken down into units; this course is made up of three units of work.

This engineering course will enable you to develop a number of transferable skills that are attractive to employers. Skills such as communication, critical thinking, learning independently, research skills, taking responsibility, time management and much more.

During the course learners will gain experience using a variety of engineering tools and equipment such as laithes, milling machines and pillar drills, they will learn to design and manufacture engineering products to tight tolerances, adapt engineering products to solve a problem and learn about the factors and solutions that engineering uses to solve the problems of the world around us. The Engineering Level 1/2 Award offers an excellent foundation for students to enter the world of engineering and develop a career that is challenging and rewarding.


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.