Engineering and Manufacturing

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Engineering (2850-20 or 24)
  • English and maths at an appropriate level

Summary of course

This course is for those with an interest in and commitment to mechanical engineering. It is an ideal taster for mechanical engineering and is suitable for people of all ages who are generally interested in engineering as well as those thinking about an Apprenticeship. It will introduce you to general mechanical workshop practices and skills, preparing you for either a craft position or further study for a mechanical engineering technician post.

You should choose this course if you are a school leaver with some engineering knowledge and experience, or you require some engineering skills in a vocational role you wish to progress to. You will develop your understanding and practical experience of specific engineering technologies. If successful it can also be used as accredited prior knowledge as part of an Engineering Apprenticeship.

You will learn in the classroom and in a work-based environment. Your assessments will be a mixture of practical assignments and written and on-line testing.

City & Guilds offers two different sizes of engineering technical awards that incorporate common core mandatory units.

The Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is a smaller qualification which enables you to gain an introduction to engineering theory and covers some practical skills.

The Level 2 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering will take longer to study and would be beneficial if you wanted to specifically understand more about the use of hand tools (bench fitting) and machining techniques (milling and turning) which are used in manufacturing components from a variety of materials.

You will spend 50% of the course in the engineering workshop developing the skills required for mechanical engineering.

The remaining 50% of the timetable will be classroom delivery of underpinning knowledge and portfolio-building.

As part of this comprehensive study programme you will be required to attend work experience, tutorials and trips that are organised.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Unit 201 Working in engineering
  • Unit 202 Principles of engineering technology
  • Unit 203 Principles of manufacturing technology

Specialist Units:

  • Unit 204 Machine components using milling techniques
  • Unit 205 Machine components using turning techniques
  • Unit 206 Using bench fitting techniques

For the diploma you will successfully complete all six units.

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

There is continuous assessment of practical work throughout the course, and end of unit on-line multiple-choice examinations.

The two mandatory Units 201 and 202 are assessed by Online multiple-choice assessment. Units 203, 204, 205 and 206 are assessed by successfully completing City & Guilds devised assignments.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in Engineering and want to learn about basic Engineering Principles, Bench Fitting and Milling and Turning before going on to specialise in a particular field in Mechanical Engineering and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in engineering. It is a nationally recognised qualification which provides the springboard into an Engineering career.

Progression and Career Opportunities

If you achieve the NVQ qualification you could apply for Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, or an apprenticeship or employment. You could also progress onto other related sector qualifications such as Level 3 Business Improvement Techniques or Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures).

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements including GCSE English, Maths and preferrably a Science subject

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You would normally be expected to attend a short interview with the tutor of the course to discuss the details of the programme, answer any questions you may have to ensure that this is the right course.

You will be required to bring a piece of written work to your interview appointment, using a single side of A4 paper, identifying why you wish to work in Mechanical Engineering.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There may be opportunities to take part in trips and visits as part of your course. The approximate cost for this is £40, payable at enrolment.

Students will also be required to purchase overalls and safety boots for the workshop activities and these can cost approximately £50.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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