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Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (EAL)

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.
Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


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 This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.


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When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2021 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £17,004

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


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

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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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