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Engineering - Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations at Wakefield College

Course description

This workshop-based course gives students the opportunity to gain a practical understanding in a number of engineering disciplines (milling, turning, and fitting, or welding and fabrication). Completing all course units may facilitate entry onto an engineering apprenticeship, as the course forms part of the initial stage of the engineering apprenticeship scheme.

Course content

Units from the EAL NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations at Level 2. The number of units can vary but it would be expected that you satisfy the Apprenticeship framework and include elements from mechanical engineering or fabrication and welding.

Some of the optional units for mechanical engineering will include: fitting, machining using lathes and milling machines.

Some of the optional units for fabrication and welding will onclude: welding, gas cutting and thick plate fabrication.

You may also be expected to attain Functional Skills Level 2.

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you. Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4) . This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs 9-3 or A*-D, including English and Maths
Level 1 Performing Engineering Operations with Functional Skills level 1


Assessment is by questionnaires, phase tasks, and portfolio of evidence.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residential etc. which are payable by all students.

Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

After successfully completing this course you could continue in full-time study with a Level 3 Diploma in either Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Alternatively you could apply for apprenticeships in relevant fields.

Career opportunities

A wide range of opportunities within mechanical, electrical, maintenance or design engineering - building services engineer, domestic appliances service technician, materials engineer, production engineer, sheet metal worker, welder.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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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: 15 August 2018
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