This qualification is being withdrawn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 Gateway Qualifications for this qualification?
Gateway Qualifications offers a range of innovative, flexible and dynamic vocational qualifications that are valued and meaningful and which will develop the skills necessary to gain employment or to progress through further study.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete 39 credits. They must take all units in Group M (Mandatory), totalling 11 credits. Remaining credits may be taken from Group O1 (Optional units: Engineering) and Group O2 (Optional units: Employability), with a maximum of 10 credits taken from Group O2.
Learners may achieve up to 10 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 may achieve up to 28 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 comprehensive introductory level 2 course in engineering. It will be of specific relevance to:
• Young people who are aspiring to a career in engineering but are not yet sure in which precise area, and who intend to access level 3 qualifications or a level 3 apprenticeship but need a comprehensive learning programme at level 2 before they will be ready to access level 3
• 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 fairly extensive grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills over an extended period before identifying the most appropriate job roles and applying for work.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides the learner with a comprehensive set of engineering skills, as well as relevant knowledge of the sector, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in engineering and across other sectors. The learners 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 Diploma if, before progressing to a level 3 Apprenticeship, a Level 3 qualification, or to employment (with further training where possible), learners need an extended 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 and would benefit from an extended period of time working at level 2, up to 2 years, before they are ready to progress to a level 3 qualification or apprenticeship or employment.
Which sector does this qualification support?
The learners 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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