This qualification is being withdrawn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
Learners must complete 15 credits. They must take at least two units from Group M (Mandatory), totalling a minimum of 7 credits. Remaining credits may be taken from Group M, Group O1 (Optional units: Engineering) or Group O2 (Optional units: Employability), with a maximum of 3 credits from Group O2.
Learners may achieve up to 3 credits from this group.
Applying for a Job
Assessing own Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
Effectiveness at Work
Exploring and Presenting Enterprise Ideas
Learning from Work Placement
Preparing for Work Placement
Preparing for an Interview
Searching for a Job
Setting and Meeting Targets at Work
Skills for Creative Thinkers
Skills for Effective Participants
Skills for Independent Enquirers
Skills for Reflective Learners
Skills for Self Managers
Skills for Team Workers
Solving Work-Related Problems
Working in a Team
Working with Colleagues
Learners must take at least two units from this group. totalling a minimum of 7 credits.
Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering
Mathematics for Engineering
Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering
Learners may achieve up to 8 credits from this group.
Carrying Out an Engineering Project
Communication Skills for Engineering
Electronic Devices and Communication Applications
Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
Operation and Maintenance of Electrical Systems and Components
Operation and Maintenance of Electronic Systems and Components
Operation and Maintenance of Mechanical Systems and Components
Production Planning for Engineering
Using Computer Aided Drawing in Engineering
Working in the Engineering Sector
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is suitable if the learners need a broad level 2 course in engineering. It will be of specific relevance to:
• Young people interested in a career in engineering sector who intend, but are not yet ready, to access level 3 qualifications or an advanced apprenticeship
• Young people and adults usually with prior attainment at level 1 and below, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in engineering but need a broad grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills before applying for work.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides the learner with a broad range of introductory skills, as well as core knowledge, relevant to engineering, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in engineering sector and across other sectors. The learner must take the following mandatory units:
• Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering
• Mathematics for Engineers
• Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering
Optional units include knowledge and skills relevant to different job roles in the sector (such as CAD, production planning, engineering materials) alongside generic employability skills (such as time management and setting and meeting targets at work).
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 Certificate if they need a broad introduction to the sector, as well as more generic workplace skills, before progressing to a level 3 Apprenticeship or to a level 3 qualification, or employment (with further training where possible) as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
The Certificate may also be the most appropriate size of qualification if the learners have not yet achieved level 2 English and maths and need to include significant learning time for these subjects within your learning programme.
Which sector does this qualification support?
The learner could progress from this qualification to an engineering job role such as fabricator, welder or tool fitter or to become an apprentice engineer with a particular specialism, such as an electrical, mechanical or machine-shop engineer.
What are the progression options?
The learners can progress to a level 3 certificate or diploma in engineering including mechanical, electrical, motor and chemical engineering that could include progression to an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering, Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computer Science and Maths, or to an advanced 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 learners will benefit from having English and maths skills at level 1. The qualification is available to learners of any age.
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