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Level 1

*Level 1 Vocational Engineering


The Level 1 Engineering programme is a superb introduction in to the engineering world. This one-year, largely practical programme is designed to give students hands-on experience to build aptitude and confidence in a range of Engineering skills and competencies.

Our Level 1 programme is a comprehensive full-time programme which includes the following qualifications:

  • City & Guilds 2850-10 Level 1 Certificate in Engineering
  • EAL Level 1 Certificate in Performing Engineering Operations
  • NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Employability
  • GCSE Maths (for those not achieving a grade 4 or above)
  • GCSE English (for those not achieving a grade 4 or above)
  • Functional Skills Maths & English (for those working towards GCSE level)
  • A number of additional small qualifications such as Health & Safety and Preparing to Learn may also be included.

All students are expected to complete and reflect on a work experience placement during the academic year.

Enrichment opportunities include trips, visits and guest talks as well as wider college activities through the college’;s Xtra programme. There are also opportunities to support the department and gain further experience through volunteering.

Timetables normally cover 2.5-3.5 days a week with depending on the GCSEs required. Sessions take place in our dedicated classrooms and workshops which contain a variety of relevant resources and equipment such as CAD suites, engineering workshops, welding workshop and engineering classrooms. Lessons are always fun-packed, industry-linked and student focussed. Discovery learning is promoted to ensure that learners take ownership of and enjoy high quality learning. Lecturing staff are experienced in education and with high level industry backgrounds.

Timetabled subjects include:

  • Bench fitting
  • Welding
  • Fabrication
  • Core Theory
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Employability
  • Composite Materials

Outside of college students will be required to complete preparation and consolidation activities as well as writing their formal assignments. We would expect students to spend around 3 hours a week on independent self-led activities linked to their learning.

We utilise a number of on-line resources to support learning both in and out of the classroom as well as maintaining contact with our students. This includes the use of Microsoft Teams and CCGOnline, our virtual learning environment. Students can keep track of their progress, attendance and college life using our on-line portal, C-Space.

We work closely with our students to build strong working relationships and take care to ensure that all students have an excellent experience with the support they need to excel. The course is managed by a dedicated Study Programme Leader (SPL) and pastoral support is provided by an allocated personal tutor. Students will have timetabled group tutorial sessions (ACES) and 1:1 tutorials.


Whilst there are no formal entry requirements for this course you should be aware that the course involves meeting high standards of practical work as well as completing on-line exams, workbooks, and knowledge questions to a specified standard.

You should have a keen interest in Engineering and a desire to progress into employment in your chosen area. You will continue to study towards English and Maths if you have not yet achieved them at grade 4 or equivalent.

An interview with the course leader will assist in assessing your suitability.


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