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Performing Engineering Operations (Mechanical) NVQ Level 1 Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

This full-time course is primarily practical in nature and aimed at young people who wish to begin their training in mechanical engineering work but have not fulfilled the entry requirements for level 2. Successful completion of this course is therefore the entry requirement to the Level 2 NVQ/VRQ in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Course content

The course, which builds Practical Skills, Maths and English, takes place in our well-equipped workshops on the campus. The technical part of the course consists of two qualifications, NVQ Level 1 Certificate in Performing Engineering Operations


General Units

  • Working safely in an Engineering environment
  • Working efficiently and effectively in Engineering
  • Communicating Engineering Information


Specialist Units

  • Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Producing Components Using Turning Techniques


The course also includes the following mandatory components:


  • Functional Skills - Mathematics
  • Functional Skills - English
  • Functional Skills - Information & Communication Technology (ICT)


English & Maths

We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and Maths.  Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at Grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades.  Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills Awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to University or employment.

Entry requirements

Learners must have a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grades E or F in the areas of Maths and English or a minimum of level 1 in Literacy or Numeracy.


Assessment takes place continuously throughout the course, in the form of practical assignments and some written coursework.

Financial information

Students may be able to receive financial support, please contact Student Services for further information on 01785 275512.


Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course is one of the entry requirements to the PEO Level 2.

Further information

If you would like any more information about the College or our courses then write, visit or telephone Student Services on 01785 275468. Our email address is If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to get the advice you need from a member of our guidance team.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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