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Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 Diploma at Bath College

Course description

If you enjoy practical work then this course could be for you. It is the industry standard qualification that provides the practical understanding of engineering. You will learn how to remove material by use of hand and machine tools, and how to wire and terminate a range of cables: single and multicore. You will also manufacture components using hand-fitting and machining techniques.

Course content

The Performing Engineering Operations qualification is made up from many industry specific disciplines. Bath College along with EAL (the awarding organisation) has chosen six units: three mandatory and three occupationally specific, to complement the overall learning aim.
This qualification is primarily vocationally based, however all the learning outcomes are assessed through direct observation and examination of assessment in college. The footprint of this qualification is split between performance (‘the doing’) and knowledge (‘the understanding’).


The mandatory learning outcomes will consist of:


  • Health and Safety
  • Working Efficiently
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information.
  • The occupationally specific learning outcomes will consist of:
  • Removal of materials by processes, either turning or milling
  • Producing components using hand-fitting techniques: drilling, filing and sawing.
  • In addition, you will have the opportunity to:
    • City Centre Campus – Wire and terminate a range of cables, including connecting a range of electrical components such as switches, distribution panels and luminaires.
    • Somer Valley Campus – Mig and Arc Welding

Entry requirements

  • Colour Blindness Test
  • Specific Engineering Initial Assessment
  • Interview
  • GCSE grades ‘C’ or Functional Skills at Level 2 in English, maths & science, or related NVQ Level 1 diploma


Practical coursework and theory work is assessed by our qualified trade assessors. Functional skills are assessed by exam.

Financial information

For 16-18 year olds there is an additional cost of £80 to cover workshop facilities. For other age groups, please contact Student Advice Centre.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering or one of the many engineering apprenticeship pathways, including mechanical, electrical, technical support and maintenance.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 February 2016

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