What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is suitable if you need a broad introductory level 1 course in engineering. It is particularly appropriate for:
• Young people interested in a career in engineering who intend, but are not yet ready, to access level 2 qualifications or a level 2 apprenticeship.
• Young people and adults, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in engineering but need a grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general employability skills, usually over a one year period, before applying for work.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides you with a range of introductory knowledge and skills in engineering, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in engineering and across other sectors. You must take the following mandatory units:
• Working Safely in Engineering
• Using Mathematics and Science in Engineering
Optional units include knowledge and skills relevant to different job roles in engineering (such as electronic assembly, welding, CAD), alongside employability skills (such as time management and effective communication in the workplace).
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. The learners should take the Diploma if they need a comprehensive introduction to the sector including the opportunity to build up a range of skills and knowledge, explore a number of potential job roles and career pathways in the sector, and gain a set of more generic workplace skills.
The Diploma will be suitable if it is the learner who would benefit from an extended period of time working at level 1, up to 2 years, before progressing to a level 2 qualification or apprenticeship or to employment.
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 an entry-level or trainee job role such as machine operator, manufacturing or production operative or workshop assistant.
What are the progression options?
The learners can progress to a level 2 certificate or diploma in engineering, including level 2 qualifications such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Welding and Fabrication, Performing Engineering Operations, and Technical Certificates in Engineering.
Progression & entry requirements
The 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.