- 2 GCSE D Grades (English and Maths) or
- A Pass in a relevant Level 1 qualification and a GCSE Grade D in English or Maths
If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 1 Vocational Studies courses
Level 2 is ideal if you have some knowledge and basic skills in production or maintenance engineering -
probably from a role where you work under supervision. You would like to increase your skills and perhaps
progress on to more advanced qualifications. You will develop core engineering skills that are valued in
The PEO allows you to learn, develop and apply the skills required for employment and/or career
progression in the engineering sector.
Who is the course suitable for?
If exams are not your preferred method of study and you want to keep your options open to either work or
higher education then one of these options may be right for you
This course is suitable for students who have some knowledge and basic skills in production or
maintenance engineering to enable them to progress safely into the workplace/employment or who want
increase their skills and progress onto more advanced qualifications in the engineering sector.
This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the
next level of education or a job in the Engineering Sector. You will need to be prepared to attend
college 3 days per week and attend work experience.
Examples of units you will study are:
- Working safely in an engineering environment
- Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively
- Using and communicating technical information
- Making components using hand tools and fitting techniques
- Using lathes for turning operations
- Using milling machines
You will study 6 units and will have the opportunity to upgrade Maths and English GCSE subjects.
Development of Maths and English
Students who have not yet achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths will have to continue taking
these subjects up to the age of 18, as per government requirements.
At Central Bedfordshire College Students who have a D in GCSE Maths and English will be required to
retake these GCSE subjects in order to obtain at least a C grade at GCSE level.
Students who have achieved GCSE A C Grade in English and Maths will be expected to develop their skills
further completing a applied English and/or Maths project.
Employability Skills Development
Your study programme includes 1 hour per week of employability skills development which includes Careers
Education, support and guidance on progression opportunities.
How will the course be taught?
You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced professionals who will use a wide variety of
teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level.
Lectures, discussions, independent research online exams and practical tasks.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are
making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet
Are there any additional costs?
Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the
cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. We do recommend a few good
resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and
What course can I do next?
You can progress into employment or onto the following City & Guilds qualifications:
- Level 3 2850 Certificate in Engineering
Alternatively you could look for work in related fields such as:
- Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering
- Mechanical Engineer
- Maintenance Engineer
- Electronic Engineer
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Fill in an application form and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the
If you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August of the year you begin your course or if you are actively
seeking employment and can provide evidence that youre in receipt of a state benefit e.g. job seekers,
housing benefit- this course may be free!