George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

This qualification provides a broad basis of study for the engineering sector. It has been designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Exam board/specification

Pearson Edexcel

Entry requirements

It is recommended that candidates have attained communication and literacy skills at a level equivalent to GCSE grade 5 in English and numeracy skills at a level equivalent to grade 5/6 in Mathematics. It is also desirable that candidates have studied level 2 Cambridge National qualification in Engineering Design.

Progression routes from this course

Vocational pathway: BTEC Higher National qualifications or gain employment through apprenticeships

Applied qualification pathway: Advanced Diploma, Foundation Degree, and apprenticeships

University: study Engineering or Design courses Engineering is a huge career family with a lot of different jobs, many of them involving machines and practical processes.

So if you like working with your hands and understanding how things work you might want to explore some of the jobs : Acoustics consultant, CAD technician, Electrical engineer, Aerospace engineer, Chemical engineer, Electronics engineer, Ssystems engineer, Agricultural engineer, Chemical plant process operator, Marine craftsperson, Civil engineer, Marine engineer, Construction plant mechanic, Mechanical engineer, Auto electrician, Design engineer, Naval architect

Year 1

    Unit 2 - Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
    60 Guided Learning Hours; internally Assessed
    In this unit learners explore how processes are undertaken by teams to create engineered products safely. Learners undertake group manufacturing task which uses a range of machinery and equipment which is supported by a written assignment looking at the Health and Safety legislation which industry must conform to.

    Unit 10 – Computer Aided Design in Engineering
    60 Guided Learning Hours; internally Assessed
    In this unit learners develop two-dimensional detailed drawings and three-dimensional models using a computer aided design system. This is an assignment where learners are given a range of design problems which they must solve using computer aided design software both in 2D and 3D which meets British Standards.

Year 1 Assessment

    Internally-assessed units
    Most units in the sector are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. Learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Learners could be given opportunities to:
  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate processes, devices, components, equipment, materials, consumables.


Year 2

    Unit 1 – Engineering Principles
    In this unit learners apply mathematical and physical science principles to solve electrical, electronic and mechanical based engineering problems. This is a 2 hour exam comprising of short answer questions and extended response tasks responding to mathematical and scientific based engineering problems.

    Unit 3 – Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
    In this unit learners will explore engineering product design and manufacturing processes and activities that consider function, sustainability, materials, form and other factors. Learners will be given a case study two weeks before a supervised assessment period, to carry out three hours of preparation. Learners will complete a task that will require them to follow a standard development process of interpreting a brief, scoping initial design ideas, preparing a design proposal and evaluating their proposal.

Year 2 Assessment

    Externally -assessed units
    Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. All of the units developed for external assessment are of 90 or 120 GLH to allow learners to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. Learners are permitted to resit external assessments during their programme.
    The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Engineering suite are:
  • examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.


Exam results 2016 2017 2018
BTEC 80% Distinction* 58% Distinction*
25% Distinction
17% Merit
16% Distinction*- Merit
83% Distinction*-Pass
Table of Engineering exam results 2016-2018



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