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In Short

This course is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in the Engineering sector. It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to help you prepare for employment or Higher Education.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements are a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English, Maths (Grade 6) and Science. Other relevant Level 2 qualifications and Diplomas may also be considered. You should have a good attendance report from school and complete a successful interview. Applications are welcomed from mature students who may have the relevant industrial experience or other suitable qualifications.


Course Content

There are eighteen units to complete that covers a diverse range of subject areas such as Mechanical Principles, Electrical Principles, Engineering Materials and Computer Aided Design (CAD). The qualification is delivered through a variety of theoretical type learning (classroom based) and specialist workshop sessions.

Year 1 Units

Unit 1 Engineering Principles
Unit 2 Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
Unit 3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
Unit 45 Additive Manufacturing Processes
Unit 10 Computer Aided Design in Engineering
Unit 41 Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes
Unit 43 Computer Numeric Control


Year 2 Units

Unit 5 A Specialist Engineering Project
Unit 6 Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
Unit 7 Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
Unit 19 Electronic Devices and Circuits
Unit 4 Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
Unit 30 Inspection
Unit 44 Fabrication Manufacturing Processes
Unit 9 Work Experience in the Engineering Sector

How will I be assessed?

Assessment method is External and Internal assessment



Following successful completion of the programme, you may either progress onto our part-time HNC in Engineering or other Higher Education courses or seek apprenticeship in the Engineering Industry with opportunities for further part-time study. You may also gain employment within the Engineering Industry, an Apprenticeship and there may be a possibility to continue your studies at College.

If progressing to an apprenticeship please be aware that due to differences between the full-time course and the apprenticeship standard a student would start the apprenticeship at Level 2.


It is compulsory that you wear safety boots/shoes and overalls, without which no practical work can be undertaken.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email

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