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Certificate in Engineering and Technology (Electrical/Electronic and Mechanical) and NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations - Level 2


A practical course that will provide you with an introduction to engineering. Units include engineering techniques, engineering principles, machining, hand fitting skills and electrical testing.

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Entry requirements

  • Three GCSEs with at least 2 points (grade E) including English, science and technology. Plus maths with 3 points (grade D) OR
  • A Level 1 qualification in engineering and completion of a four-week introductory course.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20181 yr(s)1283A1075£465.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete four units for the certificate and six units for the NVQ diploma. Assessment is carried out using a combination of practical and knowledge based activities. You will also be required to complete an online examination.

What does the course lead to?

The course could lead to further study or a career in the engineering sector.

What will I study?

Learn about engineering technologies, electrical and mechanical principles and machining and electrical testing.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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