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This course gives young people a broad understanding of engineering and its related sectors in industry. The employer endorsed content is up-to-date and relevant, reflecting the blend of technical, interpersonal and project skills needed by someone who is thinking about a career in the engineering sector.

  • What will I study?

    This course covers the basic knowledge and technical practical skills, providing a good foundation for future career or progression to a more advanced work related course or technician qualification. The pattern of attendance is usually four days per week.

    This course is ideal if you have not studied Engineering before and would like to develop the skills required for a career in Engineering. It is particularly suitable if you want to gain a qualification and hands-on practical experience before starting an Apprenticeship.

    To help with theory content, extra lessons in the form of GCSE English and Mathematics may be available to give you further support.

    Units to make up the completion of all six units studied in year 1:

    Mandatory Units

    • Working in and Engineering Environment
    • Engineering Techniques
    • Engineering mathematics and science principles
    • Fitting and Assembly Techniques
    • Business Improvement Techniques

    Additional Units

    • Principles of Turning & Milling
    • Principles of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining/ Fabrication

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    The course is ideal if you have an interest in either progressing into an Apprenticeship, or onto a Level 3 BTEC Mechanical Engineering/Electronic Engineering course.

    It will also enable you to develop practical and theoretical skills to work in the Engineering industry and gain a Level 2 qualification in engineering.

  • How is the course assessed?

    A process of continuous assessment involving practical assessments and written Portfolio evidence. Some units also have awarding body set on-line assessments.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The awareness of health and safety regulations, relevance to the occupation and the machinist's responsibilities
    • Engineering representations, drawings, graphical information and specifications
    • Machining operations and techniques to produce complex components.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Comply with environmental, ethical and sustainability regulations and procedures
    • Record information; paper based or electronic
    • Apply machining operations and techniques to produce complex components with features.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Prioritise health and safety

    • Team focus to meet work goals; for example, working effectively with others and resolving issues in discussion with others

    • Support an equal, diverse and inclusive culture.
  • General info

    Students will be expected to purchase some basic equipment relevant to the course. It is expected that students come prepared for all sessions ? basic stationary is a must.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successfully achieving this qualification, you could progress onto a L3 Study Programme, or an Apprenticeship.

    Progression from Level 2 Engineering courses to the Level 3 Engineering courses requires students to fully complete all of their Level 2 study programme within year including English and maths and work experience where required.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    4 GCSEs at Grade 3 including English and maths

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.