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Engineering (Manufacturing) Level 2 at Northampton College

Course description

This course is for those with an interest in and commitment to mechanical engineering. It is an ideal taster for mechanical engineering and is suitable for people of all ages who are generally interested in engineering as well as those thinking about an Apprenticeship. It will introduce you to general mechanical workshop practices and skills, preparing you for either a craft position or further study for a mechanical engineering technician post.You should choose this course if you are a school leaver with some engineering knowledge and experience, or you require some engineering skills in a vocational role you wish to progress to. You will develop your understanding and practical experience of specific engineering technologies. If successful it can also be used as accredited prior knowledge as part of an Engineering Apprenticeship.You will learn in the classroom and in a work-based environment. Your assessments will be a mixture of practical assignments and written and on-line testing.City & Guilds offers two different sizes of engineering technical awards that incorporate common core mandatory units.The Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is a smaller qualification which enables you to gain an introduction to engineering theory and covers some practical skills.The Level 2 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering will take longer to study and would be beneficial if you wanted to specifically understand more about the use of hand tools (bench fitting) and machining techniques (milling and turning) which are used in manufacturing components from a variety of materials.You will study mandatory units for the Certificate which will be: - Unit 201 Working in engineering - Unit 202 Principles of engineering technology - Unit 203 Principles of manufacturing technology Plus two specialist units from: - Unit 206 Using bench fitting techniques - Unit 204 Machine components using milling techniques - Unit 205 Machine components using turning techniquesFor the diploma you will successfully complete all six units. Should you wish to find our more about the content, the units and the delivery and assessment of the course please go to the awarding body specification at the link below: will spend 50% of the course in the engineering workshop developing the skills required for mechanical engineering.The remaining 50% of the timetable will be classroom delivery of underpinning knowledge and portfolio-building.

Course content

This one year course is ideal for those who want an Engineering Technical Certificate at Level 2 and want to learn about basic Engineering Principles before going on to specialise in a particular field in Engineering. It is a nationally recognised qualification which provides the springboard into an Engineering career.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade A*-D including Mathematics, Science and English Language or a related Level 1 qualification at Merit Grade plus GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade A*-D or Functional Skills Level 1 in English and Mathematics.


There is continuous assessment of practical work throughout the course, and end of unit on-line multiple-choice examinations.The two mandatory Units 201 and 202 are assessed by Online multiple-choice assessment.Units 203, 204, 205 and 206 are assessed by successfully completing City & Guilds devised assignments.

Future opportunities

If you achieve the NVQ qualification you could apply for Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, or an apprenticeship or employment. You could also progress onto other related sector qualifications such as Level 3 Business Improvement Techniques or Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures).

Further information

Students aged 19-23 at the start of the course will pay an exam registration fee of approximately £185 payable at enrolment.There may be opportunities to take part in trips and visits as part of your course. The approximate cost for this is £40, payable at enrolment.Students will also be required to purchase overalls and safety boots for the workshop activities and these can cost approximately £50.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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