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Engineering First Extended Certificate Level 2 at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

Most structures like bridges and railways and all domestic, electrical and industrial products, are the result of the work of engineers. Also included are aircraft and motor vehicles. They are the work of designers and production engineers. They use science, mathematics, computers and many other special techniques to achieve these results. This course aims to provide opportunities for you to develop some of the skills, knowledge and understanding which you will need for the first steps towards a career in engineering.

Course content

You will study many aspects of engineering, which relate to the design of products and the way industry works. This will give you a good grounding in the following mandatory units (units that you must take).

  • Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering – This unit aims to give you an understanding of statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements to enable you to work safely, efficiently in engineering.
  • Interpreting and Using Engineering Information– This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills needed to use engineering information such as drawings and working instructions to carry out manufacturing or engineering process operations.
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians –  Here you will learn the underpinning knowledge and have the opportunity to solve engineering problems using mathematical techniques.

Plus you will take the following optional units:

  • Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering – Here you will explore the scientific concepts and principles associated with electrical and mechanical engineering.
  • Electronic Devices and Communication Applications– This unit provides you with the knowledge of electronic systems and components and the skills to construct and test a range of analogue and digital electronic circuits. You will also gain an understanding of electronic communication systems.
  • Selecting and Using Secondary Machining Techniques to Remove Material – Here you will explore, select and use appropriate secondary machining techniques to remove metal.
  • Application of Welding Techniques– This unit teaches you the skills you need to safely carry out a range of welding techniques. You will also test welded joints for defects and irregularities.
  • Electronic Circuit Construction –  Here you will learn to select electronic components for a given function, read circuit diagrams and construct simple electronic subjects.

Entry requirements

You should have:
at least four GCSEs at grade D which should include maths, English and double science at a minimum of grade D.
a pass in all the units of a level 1 diploma in an appropriate subject with maths and English at a minimum of grade D.


The course is assessed through a combination of practical assignments, written assignments and external exams.

Financial information

Safety boots, clothing and materials will cost £85. Drawing instruments and a scientific calculator will cost approximately £50. A textbook will be approximately £20 if you want to buy your own. There will also be fares for visits.

Future opportunities

The course is an ideal preparation for a level 3 course in engineering, science, computing or construction. However, to progress to any of these you will need to gain at least a merit or distinction in the level 2 diploma (with a GCSE grade C in maths (higher tier) for engineering and GCSEs in English/maths at specific grades for construction, science and computing). The course also provides an excellent basis for entry to a wide range of jobs in engineering to include apprenticeships.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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