Level 2 Pre-Apprenticeship Engineering Programme

Course Details

Qualification: Level 2 Pre-Apprenticeship in Engineering Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D or above including Maths and English, plus Science at a grade 3. Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 1 Year

This programme will enable you to develop your employability skills whilst building your industry knowledge. The programme includes links with employers, interview opportunities, guest lectures and much more. The programme will allow progression onto an Apprenticeship and is therefore an excellent choice for anyone considering a career in engineering.


Unit 1 – Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
Unit 2 – Carrying out Engineering Activities Efficiently and Effectively
Unit 3 – Using & Communicating Technical Information
Unit 5 – Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques
Unit 11 – Preparing & Using Lathes for Turning Operations
Unit 66 – General fabrication and welding applications
This qualification covers the key areas that support working effectively in any industrial environment

  • Working safely in an engineering environment
  • Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Producing components using hand  fitting techniques
  • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • General fabrication and welding applications
  • Producing CAD models using a CAD system
  • CNC programming/machining

It provides learners with:

  • Critical knowledge for employment in an industrial environment
  • A recognition of knowledge
  • Understanding of safety practices
  • Support in personal development
  • A route to achieving trained operator or semi-skilled status in manufacturing
  • The knowledge and understanding to support the Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance

The qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence, verbal questioning, witness testimony, knowledge and understanding.

The EAL Level 2 Award in Industrial Environment Awareness is assessed through an online examination of 20 multiple choice questions based on the content of the workbook. There is still a need for learner support and tutorial-style activities to support delivery.

As an Engineering student at Nelson and Colne College you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities to enhance your learning experience such as trips and visits to local and national businesses, fundraising and charity events, visits to universities and at the end of the year you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your skills in our Engineering Showcase, “Engineering the Future.”

The College has recently benefited from a new £2million Engineering facility which includes a unique subsonic wind tunnel, fully equipped workshops with the latest rapid prototype technology and software, and CNC machinery. The site also includes an innovation laboratory and a 3D printing and manufacturing area.

With continued partnership work with local employers, training partners and broader networks, the new facility will offer enhanced skills development for young people in the area, supporting the future workforce of tomorrow.

Students are required to purchase a uniform and Engineering kit. The kit includes polo tops with College logo, workshop overall, safety boots, safety glasses, scientific calculator and Engineering drawing equipment. All of these can be purchased through the Engineering department at the College.

Successful completion of this programme can lead on to an Apprenticeship with NCC.

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