This qualification is being withdrawn
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31/07/2021 and the certification end date is 31/07/2022.
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.
Rules of Combination
The learner must complete 6 credits. Learners must complete 3 credits from Group M (Mandatory) and a minimum of 3 credits from Group O (Optional).
Learners must take a minimum of 3 credits from this group.
Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering
Communication Skills for Engineering
Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
Mathematics for Engineering
Production Planning for Engineering
Using Computer Aided Drawing in Engineering
Working in the Engineering Sector
Learners must take the unit in this group, totalling 3 credits.
Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is suitable if you need a short, introductory level 2 course in engineering. It will be of specific relevance to:
• young people on trainee-ships who 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 2 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 3
• unemployed adults requiring a relevant vocational skill set in order to demonstrate their preparedness for employment in an engineering context.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides you with an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to engineering. You must complete the following mandatory unit:
• Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering.
Optional units include topics such as applied electrical and mechanical science for engineering, engineering materials and engineering maintenance.
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 3 qualification, an apprenticeship or employment (with further training where possible), as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to a number of entry-level job roles in engineering, including to those for apprentices, such as a fabricator, welder or tool-fitter.
What are the progression options?
The learners can progress to a larger qualification at Level 2, directly to a Level 3 certificate or diploma in engineering, or to an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering in any of the available pathways.
Progression & entry requirementsThe learners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. However, the learner will benefit from having English and maths skills at level 1. The qualification is available to learners of any age.
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