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Electrical Engineering: Improving Operational Performance Level 2 Apprenticeship (ENG1) at Barnsley College

Course description

The Improving Operational Performance apprenticeship equips learners with the basic skills and knowledge to carry out a range of engineering processes at semi-skilled and operator level.

Course content

You will study all of the mandatory units listed below and

  • Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) booklet
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Mandatory Units

  • QPEO2/001 : Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
  • QPEO2/002 : Working Efficiently and Effectively In Engineering
  • QPEO2/003 : Using and Communicating Technical Information
  • QPEO2/033 : Wiring and Testing Electrical Equipment and Circuits
  • QPEO2/034 : Forming and Assembling Electrical Cable Enclosure and Support Systems
  • QPEO2/037 : Maintaining Electrical Equipment/Systems

You will also study

  • QETI/001 : Engineering Environment Awareness
  • QETI/002 : Engineering Techniques
  • QETI/003 : Engineering Principles
  • QETI/004 : Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • QETI/023 : Electrical Installation Methods, Wiring and Circuit Protection
  • QETI/024 : Basic Electrical Circuit Inspection/Testing and Fault Diagnosis

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be at least 16 years of age and must hold three GCSEs at grade A*-D, including GCSE English at grade 3 or above and GCSE maths at grade 4 or above
  • You need to be employed within an engineering role or have an employer in this area willing to take you on as an apprentice


You will be continuously assessed throughout the programme on assignments and tasks set by your tutors.

Financial information

Financial support If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund.* Money is available for travel (up to £700), food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back. You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at our Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, or in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

Earn to Learn If you are aged 16 to 18 and not eligible for any other financial support you could get involved with our Earn to Learn scheme. This provides excellent work experience opportunities within College with departments including Marketing, Administration and Catering, and you will be ‘paid’ via a range of rewards including help with the cost of travel, trips and equipment or high street vouchers.

FREE bus services! We realise that getting to and from College might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded two free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form College sites. Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus Stocksbridge via Penistone >

Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route will get students into College in a morning before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times.

For more information on financial support, bursaries or

bus routes, please contact Student Services on

Tel: 01226 216 267 or Email:

*Terms and conditions apply.




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Further information

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: 01226 216 123


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They can help with: • Applying for courses • Arranging taster days and visits to College • Information about course requirements

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 December 2018
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