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EAL Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following successful completion of the course you will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Engineering course or move into an advanced apprenticeship in Engineering.

Successful completion may also lead to employment at operator level.

Overview of the course: 

The course gives learners an excellent insight to the practical skills required by Engineers in modern day manufacturing, using up to date industrial equipment.

Entry requirements: 

GCSE Grades 9-3

If 3 grades are achieved in Maths and English students MUST also complete the GCSE to attain the 4-5 grade which is a requirement of ALL Engineering Programmes.
All students below a 3 grade (if accepted after interview and initial assessment) MUST complete Functional Skills in the areas required.


This qualification covers the fundamental skills and knowledge common to all engineering practices, including health and safety requirements and communicating engineering information. During this course learners will spend extensive time within the workshop environment where a great emphasis will be placed on Health and Safety and developing practical skills which will be formally assessed throughout the course.

The course consists of six units three of which are Mandatory:

• Working safely in an engineering environment
• Using and communicating technical information
• Working efficiently and effectively

The three optional units currently are:

• Producing components using hand fitting techniques
• Producing joints using MIG welding
• Producing components by turning

How is the course assessed?: 

This course is assessed by learners producing practical products and building a portfolio of evidence.

Further study options after this course: 

Following successful completion of the course candidates may progress on to the Level 3 Engineering course, enter into an apprenticeship or employment.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, Full Time


Technical Skills Academy Peterlee

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group or other work related benefit and you are undertaking this qualification to find work, your fees may be paid by the Government.

If you do need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

There is a requirement to wear personal protective equipment for this course. The cost of equipment is currently £25. Students with limited income can claim up to 75% of these costs. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (25 May 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

Other comments by students on this course are;

‘I am really enjoying the course’

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How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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