The OCR Engineering Principles Level 2 course is designed as an introduction for those without the school qualifications required to enter engineering apprenticeships and higher level training. It involves practical engineering skills as well as an introduction to the wide variety of engineering businesses. This core qualification sits inside a package of qualifications required for progression including Maths, English and ICT. Students can build their own package (with advice) to suit their needs
The course comprises 4 units:
Unit R101: Engineering Principles
Unit R102: The Engineered Business World
Unit R103: Sustainable Engineering
Unit R104: Optimising Performance in Engineering Systems and Products
Applicants need to demonstrate good written and numerical skills (normally at least Level 1) – check if you are not sure. You need to be able to demonstrate the commitment to 100% attendance and be able to organise your time to fit in weekly independent study. All learners need to complete the Mechanical Aptitude Test as well as initial assessments in Maths and English. Preference will be given to students willing to study alongside other essential subjects including Maths, English, Science and ICT (unless already achieved). All prospective students will be interviewed.
Paper and stationery including pencils, ruler, protractor.
Ring binder – to organise notes
There will be a mix of tutor-led teaching, practical activities, individual research (both online and through text-books) and group discussion.
There will be regular assessments and feedback from the tutor to monitor progress.
Learners will need a package of qualifications to succeed in engineering or maintenance so these will need to be achieved eg. Maths, English, Science, ICT. After this, learners could apply for higher level or specialist Engineering qualifications eg. Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Apprenticeships or employment in entry-level maintenance positions.