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EAL Level 2 Diploma in Practical Engineering at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The course consists of three main elements which are the EAL Level 2 NCQ in Performing Engineering Operations. Here you will develop practical skills in mechanical, electrical and welding/ fabrication engineering. This will include the use of practical hand skills, using machine tools to produce mechanical items, welding and fabricating metal components and installing electrical systems. The second element is the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering where you will develop your knowledge about engineering techniques and principles for mechanical, electrical and welding/ fabrication engineering and continue to practice applying your practical skills. The third element is to develop your maths, English and IT skills to support your learning and prepare you for employment.

Maths and English
Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of two GCSE passes at grade C or higher in maths and science, preferably with English Language. You will take part in an initial assessment and short interview to ensure that the course meets your needs and to ensure that we can identify any extra support that you may need early.


You will complete a range of practical projects and will be assessed and monitored throughout the year on these. You will also compile a portfolio of all of this work to show what you have learned. For the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering, maths and English you will complete tests and assignments.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you will be well prepared to progress into employment with a local company as an advanced engineering apprentice. You will then spend four days a week developing your skills at your place of work and spend once day per week at College furthering your technical knowledge. You could also progress to the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering.

Further information

As part of the course you will visit engineering companies to find out more about real-life engineering in a range of settings.

For more information contact Alex Carter, Curriculum Leader in Engineering by emailing or calling 01782254256


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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