Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
These qualifications are part of a coherent suite of qualifications that Gateway Qualifications has developed in Science, Technology and Engineering.
The purpose of these qualifications is to enable learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to progress to further learning or training qualifications in Engineering at a higher level. They also provide learners with the opportunity to develop wider personal and employability skills with optional units in personal, learning and thinking skills and employability.
The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. These qualifications are also suitable for pre 16 learners.
Changes to our “Skills for…” qualifications
The recent review of our Vocational qualifications has resulted in changes to qualifications in the Engineering sector that will come in to effect as of the 1st August 2020. Please refer to the new Skills for Engineering qualification specification or unit spreadsheet for further details.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete a total of 6 credits. Learners must complete 3 credits from Mandatory Group (M) and a further 3 credits from Group M or Optional Group: Engineering (O1).
Learners may achieve one unit worth a minimum of 3 credits from this group.
Assembling Mechanical Components
Carrying Out an Engineering Project
Computer Aided Drawing - CAD
Electronics in Action
Joining Materials using Welding
Making Engineering Components Using Hand Tools
Planning and Making a Machined Product
Routine Servicing of Mechanical Equipment
Routine Servicing of an Electrical/Electronic System
Using a Bench/Pedestal Drilling Machine
Wiring Electrical Circuits and Components
Working in Engineering
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is suitable if you need a short introductory level 1 course in Engineering. It is particularly appropriate for:
• unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to engineering to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer
• young people on trainee-ships who are working at level 1 and are seeking a short, focused qualification in the sector in which they wish to work/gain an apprenticeship, as part of the work preparation training element of a trainee-ship
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at level 1 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 2.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides you with an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to engineering. The learner must take at least one of the following units:
• Working Safely in Engineering
• Using Mathematics and Science in Engineering
Optional units include topics such as electronics, using a bench/pedestal drilling machine and computer-aided drawing (CAD).
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate and Diploma. The learners should take the Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning in engineering before progressing to a Level 2 qualification, or to employment (with further training where possible), as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
The main purpose of the qualification is to support your progression to a level 2 qualification. However, the learner could progress to entry-level or trainee job roles in engineering, such as machine operator, manufacturing or production operative or workshop assistant.
How will this qualification support the learner’s independence?
The learners can progress to a level 2 certificate or diploma in engineering, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Skills for Engineering and other level 2 qualifications such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Welding and Fabrication, Performing Engineering Operations, and Technical Certificates in Engineering.
Progression & Entry RequirementsThe learners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.
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