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Engineering Diploma Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

Engineering offers a wide variety of exciting career possibilities, and the better your qualifications, the more likely you are to progress into the engineering and manufacturing sectors. This is essentially a practical study programme, but also importantly covers knowledge and understanding in the area of engineering.

Course content

During the course you will study engineering technology; this will include the health and safety aspects of working in an engineering environment, how to read drawings and the science behind materials and mathematic principles needed within the industry. 

Within the practical elements of the course you will be machining using a vertical mill to produce a small slide block which has a close fitting tolerance slot and machining using a lathe to turn a die arbour. The other practical skill you will develop is bench fitting, which will teach you to use your hands to produce a close tolerance part. This will be supported by the development of Level 2/GCSE Maths and English. You will also develop the skills needed in technical writing and routine computer skills. 

Altogether, this is an excellent grounding in exploring the field of engineering and a foundation for further study.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.


This qualification is assessed by short-answer tests and practical-based assignments. A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course including online tests, assignments, practical tasks and observations.

Financial information

Q. Are there any additional costs?
A. We recommend you buy a scientific calculator, memory stick (USB), an A4 folder, dividers and general stationery. Due to the working environment and for hygiene reasons, you will need to purchase a pair of safety shoes (approx. £20-£30) and a pair of overalls (£25) which will be colour coded to year groups and personalised with your name. There will also be a separate supplementary fee of £50 to contribute towards the costs of consumables used on the course. There may also be trips during the year that may incur an additional cost. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by Petroc*.

* The equipment requirements will be discussed in more detail at interview.

Future opportunities

Success on this course can lead you towards a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, an engineering apprenticeship or employment.

Further information

We have a new fully-equipped machine workshop containing lathes, grinders, milling machines, CNC machines and welding systems. There is also a networked computer suite with modern software and internet access.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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