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 requirements
The 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.