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Engineering Technology Level 2 at Kendal College

Course description

Engineering underpins just about everything from transport to medicine and farming to space exploration. To meet all of these needs requires a vast number engineers who can work in technical disciplines.

With environmental technologies being at the forefront of the new green economy, there are hundreds of jobs expected to be created in the next few years, both nationally and locally, which require people with the skills to support the aeronautical, creative, digital, food, farming, marine, mining and tourism related industries.

The word ‘engineer’ derives from the Latin word to ‘create’ and ‘cleverness’. Engineers design and create components that can change the world. You will analyse things and come up with solutions. The career opportunities are endless across the sector, from sourcing the raw materials to assembling products to managing the workforce. Engineering is an interesting and popular career, with skilled tradesman in high demand.

This course usually runs over 3 days a week. The department has state-of-the-art equipment enabling you to gain practical experience e.g. 3D printers, CAD software, HAAS lathe and mill, CNC machines that create metal products and Robotic Arms for high precision work. The department also recently bought a 2-seater Microlight!

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

Course content

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to solve practical problems of an engineering nature.

This course will give you the opportunity to study a wide range of engineering subjects, including electronics, maintenance and manufacturing, developing your skills and understanding in engineering and computer aided design (CAD). You will use CAD machines to design and manufacture components used in a wide range of engineering specialisms. You will also develop essential maths skills for engineering.

You will also learn about the industry through trips and speakers. Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips e.g. local visits to Gilkes, BAE and Siemens, and international trips to Brussels and Barcelona. On the trip to Brussels, students visited the Toyota Research and Development Centre, the Microsoft Innovation Centre and talked to a MEP about his work reducing emissions. Students also recently benefited from a talk by Samantha Burman, a motorcycle road racer who works for Tartae Steel and makes her own machine parts for her motorcycle.

Entry requirements

For Level 2 entry you will need four GCSEs at A*-C including English and Maths and a science subject; or a level 1 qualification in engineering.  All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, a trade test.


Assessment will be via ongoing assignments and practical activities throughout the year. You will build up a PEO Performing Engineering Operations - a portfolio that employers are looking for.

Future opportunities

On achievement of the level 2 qualification, you can progress on to the level 3 course.  Level 2 programmes can open up opportunities for you to seek employment as an advanced apprentice engineer..  Following successful completion of level 3, you could go straight into work or progress to university or higher level qualifications.

Recognition of your qualifications by employers can lead to rapid career development in the workplace.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendal College directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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    • The majority of our courses are based at our main site. The College completed a £12.9 million new build project in 2008, which includes reception, conference and seminar suites, hairdressing salons and 250-seat cafe with external balcony. The site also features the stunning Construction and Heritage Centre, which features cutting edge facilities for carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing and electrical installation.

      In October 2010 the College opened the South Lakeland Design Engineering Centre, which has brought engineering back to Kendal College. The Centre, designed in conjunction with local engineering firms including Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited, features state of the art computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, including a 3D printer, which prints out solid models directly from CAD Drawings. The college is currently building a new, purpose-built engineering centre which will open in September 2014 and provide new courses in medical science, engineering and sustainable energy.