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Engineering and Technology - Mechanical Level 1 Certificate at Knowsley Community College

Course description

This qualification gives successful learners a broad introduction to the practices and processes of engineering technology. It takes a hands-on approach to basic engineering training, allowing successful learners to gain: experience and understanding of a range of potential careers in the sector, a stepping stone to further study and skills development, the personal skills to work effectively and to ultimately achieve their potential. As part of this programme of study you will be required to work towards GCSE's in maths and English.

Course content

  • Working in Engineering This unit will give learners an understanding of what it is like to work within the world of Engineering and the different career paths available. You will learn how to work and act safely in a busy working environment, developing skills and knowledge which employers recognise as essential.
  • Machining Engineering Materials This unit will develop your skills and knowledge using a centre lathe, turning metal to specified tolerances. If you enjoy this unit you may want to follow L2 Mechanical Engineering programme next year.
  • Cutting and Forming Engineering Materials This unit will develop your skills in cutting, bending and shaping different types and sizes of metal using a variety of hand and mechanical tools. You will learn the importance of accurate measurement and be able to work from engineering drawings to manufacture parts and components.
  • Joining Engineering Materials This unit will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to become a welder. You will learn how to safely set up and use a variety of welding equipment to join different types and sizes of metal. Learners who enjoy this follow a L2 Fabrication and Welding programme next year.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's E-G

Financial information

You will need a pair of safety boots and a dark blue coloured overall. Students will also be required to provide their own stationary for theory sessions

Future opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification usually progress onto either L2 Mechanical Engineering or L2 Welding and Fabrication programmes. Some learners who show high levels of commitment may also progress onto L2 Engineering Apprenticeships.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • Princess Drive is our state of the art, low-carbon campus and is the base for the college’s Construction and Engineering courses.

      Located a short distance from the Roby Campus is the Princess Drive Campus – our Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Technology. Dedicated to the development of industry standard skills, students who study here take advantage of state of the art equipment that is used in many manufacturing and technology organisations, making their KCC qualification extremely desirable to employers.


      • Industry standard facilities that include Bridgeport CNC machine, milling and lathe equipment
      • Dedicated construction, painting & decorating workshops
      • Modern, comfortable classrooms designed to suite all types of learning