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Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Engineering Operations at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations is a qualification designed to develop practical skills and build related theory knowledge within engineering. The course is classed as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and is recognised as the initial training within all Engineering Apprenticeship Frameworks. The course is designed to be broad in content and increase awareness of what a potential engineer will face within the trade.

Specialist Skills include:

Mandatory subjects:
QPEO/001N Engineering Health & Safety
QPEO/002N Working Effectively
QPEO/003N Engineering Communication

In addition, 3 of the following 5 specialist units are required to achieve the full Diploma at level 2.

QPEO/004N    Producing Mechanical Engineering drawings using a CAD system
QPEO/033N    Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits
QPEO/036N    Assembling and testing Electronic circuits
QPEO/011/12  Basic Milling and turning
QPEO/029N    Welding

The development of practical English and Maths skills will be an essential part of your programme.
If you do not have GCSE English and Maths at grade C minimum, you will be required to retake these subjects as part of your study programme.
IT will be embedded in the delivery of your specialist skills.

The study programme will also include Personal and Professional skills that will develop your employability, helping towards finding you a career in the Engineering industry.
You will also undertake work experience.

Entry requirements

You will need 2 GCSE at grade 3 (D) or above to include a Science subject.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Engineering apprenticeship routes may be available through work-based learning, alternatively full-time engineering level 3 EAL or BTEC programmes with appropriate grades and attendance would be the next natural progression route. Employment would be at setter/operator level requiring regular monitoring and supervision upon completion of this qualification.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Huntingdon: Thursday 7th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Saturday 9th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 2nd May 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 16 January 2019
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