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Performing Engineering Operations Level 1 Certificate at Isle of Wight College

Course description

It is a broadly based programme designed for those with the desire and ambition to progress in a career in Engineering (Marine, Mechanical or Electronic) or for those who want to go on to further studies. Successful candidates will have a desire to become involved with sustainable solution related industries. It is for learners who are just starting out in their engineering career and require a broad range of competencies to enable safe progression to higher level engineering qualifications or into the workplace.

Course content

  • Unit 201: Working safely in an engineering environment (5 credits)
  • Unit 102: Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively (3 credits)
  • Unit 103: Using and communicating technical information (3 credits)


  • Unit 117: Using semi-automatic MIG or MAG welding equipment (10 credits)
  • Unit 135: Applying heat treatment to engineering materials (7 credits)

Other studies :

Functional Skills and tutorials are also included in the full-time programme along with an industry specific project element.

Entry requirements

Essential requirement student’s ability, enthusiasm, initiative and drive to obtain a basic knowledge of working in an engineering environment. No formal qualifications are required but students will be tested upon admission.


The equivalent of about three days a week is spent on the course. The College day is usually from 9am until 4.30pm.

There is an applied programme of practical and theory, directed private study, laboratory practical work, and industrial visits. In addition to technical subjects, personal and interpersonal skills are developed and assessed as an integral part of the course as well as the Functional Skills, ICT, Maths and English.  Continuous assessment of performance is carried out by means of classroom and laboratory work and practical assignment workshops. All modules are formally assessed and final grades are subject to moderation by the course team and a representative from City & Guilds.

Future opportunities

Successful students can train, for example, as engineering apprentice or progress to the colleges level two and three Engineering courses. Career planning and team building is actively encouraged on all Engineering courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2016
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