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Engineering Diploma Level 2 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This course is designed to give a broad base from which learners can progress to a number of possible advanced courses in the field of engineering. It is a good general introduction to engineering and provides the basic skills required to progress into a wide range of trades and professions.


Course content

The course aims to give learners a wide ranging knowledge of several aspects of engineering and the skills required for a range of jobs. Learners will also have the opportunity to achieve a functional skills award. There may also be the opportunity to study with an Adult Eduction class to help learners achieve GCSE mathematics or English throughout the year. This is strongly recommended if learners wish to progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma or need to take the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering as part of an Apprenticeship the following year. Eight modules will be studied: Working safely and effectively in engineering, interpreting and using engineering information, applied electrical/mechanical science for technicians, mathematics for engineering technicians, using computer aided drawing techniques, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems and components, operation and maintenance of electrical systems and components, electronic circuit construction.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

A range of GCSEs to Grade D/E or above (to include mathematics and English at Grade 3), or an equivalent qualification. However, this course offers flexibility on the outcome of a personal interview and selection process with the curriculum staff.



The College offers a wide menu of Level 2 Diplomas. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success. Within this course, students will have the opportunity to take the Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (Maintenance).


Future opportunities

Entry to the Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronics Engineering course or a recognised engineering Apprenticeship is possible following successful completion and achievement of appropriate grades. Of the students who completed this course last year 53% entered Further Education, 17% continued with their existing programme of study and 30% secured employment.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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