Performance Engineering Level 2 Extended Certificate

Developed by engineering specialists, this course gives you the opportunity to enter employment or to progress to higher-level engineering qualifications.

  • Level

    Level 3

  • Type


  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Banbury and Bicester College

  • Pathway


Follow our engineering pathway and you will get an excellent grounding in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering to enable you to choose the career that’s right for you. If you like finding solutions to technical challenges, engineering could be your future. Skilled engineers are in demand; so much so that there is a major drive, nationally and locally, to encourage young people into the profession.

As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to take part in employer-led, work-based projects, based on real-life scenarios, providing invaluable experience to supplement your studies.

This programme will enable you to develop your knowledge of engineering materials, design and processes, graphical communication including CAD, and electrical and electronic principles.

Upon successful completion of the Level 2 programme, you will be able to progress on to the Level 3 programme at Banbury and Bicester College. Our Level 3 students have recently benefitted from curriculum sponsorship from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), including a work-based project, guest lecturing and regional competitions.

Through this programme you will learn some useful and helpful skills for a career in engineering such as machining, welding and fabrication.

You will undertake a number of core, mandatory and optional units.

Core units:

  • The Engineering World
  • Investigating an Engineering Product
  • Introduction to Communication

Mandatory: Health and Safety

  • Engineering Materials
  • Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
  • Mathematics for Engineering


  • Group A: Fabrication Machining
  • Group B: Welding Technology Computer Aided Manufacturing

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain a BTEC Level 2 qualification. You can progress on to a BTEC Level 3.

Your learning will involve a combination of theory and principles with hands-on experience within real work situations.

You will learn from experienced staff and develop your skills in a creative and enjoyable way. You will study core units covering engineering working practices, using engineering information, Maths for technicians, and electrical and mechanical science for engineering purposes.

You also have the chance to specialise in additional areas and develop your English, maths and ICT skills, which are essential for successful performance in working life.

Assignments will give you the opportunity to prepare written work based on your own observations (e.g. describe health and safety procedures). Additional assessment may be carried out by tutor observation and/ or witness statements. Assessment of this course is mainly within the context of engineering and motorsport.

Four GCSEs at grades 3 (D) or above in English language, maths and science or achievement on a Level 1 course.

You must demonstrate self-motivation and a keen interest in the subject area.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

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Why Banbury and Bicester College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 2018

    Rated "good with outstanding areas" by Ofsted in 2018

  • 79+

    years of teaching experience

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