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Engineering Level 1

Course Overview

This is an opportunity to try explore the world of Engineering before considering an Apprenticeship or a higher level of qualification. It is primarily a practical course where you make items using engineering processes.

What topics are covered?

The NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations qualification covers workplace essentials like safety, efficient and effective working, and technical communications. You will also prove your ability in three particular areas such as fabrication, fitting, electrical, welding, turning and/or milling.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

  • A minimum of GCSE grades D/3 (or Functional Skills equivalent) in English and Maths, plus a demonstrable interest in Engineering
  • An interview forms part of the enrolment process
  • Initial assessments relating to English and maths
  • A colour blindness test is required if you particularly want to study the electrical unit

What qualifications will I gain?

The EAL Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Performing Engineering Operations

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

This course is a combination of workshop (practical) and classroom (theory), with the emphasis being on practical application.

Bath College will provide GCSE and Functional Skills training in English and Maths for those who have not achieved grade C or equivalents.
There will be Tutorial and Employability sessions to help develop important skills in preparing and getting you ready for the working world.
You should be prepared to arrange a minimum or 5 days engineering work experience (the College will help with this). There will also be the opportunity to volunteer for local community work to further expand your CV.

How will I be assessed?

The course is practically based so the majority of the course is held within the workshops (practical), with theory sessions held in classroom. From these sessions you will complete examples of your work which are assessed and provide evidence of your abilities. Your knowledge is assessed using reports and short question/answer tests. All of your assessment work is kept in a portfolio that can be made available to show future employers.

What can I do after this course?

Successful completion enables you to progress to the Level 2 Course where you would learn at the next level, or you will be immediately able to apply for any number of different apprenticeship pathways. The skills learnt are highly transferable into such industries as mechanical engineering, electrical, manufacturing, maintenance, motor mechanics, or even more diverse sectors such as decorating, gardening for example.

Are there any additional costs?

For 16-18 year olds there is an additional cost of £80 to cover workshop facilities. For other age groups, please contact Bath College, Student Advice Centre.

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

Bath College has strong links with many local employers many of whom take part in the Bath College Job/Apprenticeship Fairs. We also arrange various trips to Engineering companies and Engineering shows as part of the course to further expand your learning experience.

Which department is this course in?


Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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