Course Code
Course Title
Level 2
15 weeks weeks
Entry Requirements
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 Working in the Engineering sector looking for career advancement with good written and verbal communication
Start Date
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Entrance requirements

  • 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
  • Working in the Engineering sector looking for career advancement with good written and verbal communication

If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 1 Vocational courses that will help develop you skills to the required entry level for this programme.

Course Description

For the Awards/Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing you will learn in a group with your training provider. You'll develop your skills in practical sessions and learn some of the theory behind computer aided design.

Who is the course suitable for?

You have some experience in computing, perhaps in manufacturing or engineering design, and want to increase your knowledge and skills and progress in your career.

Course content

There are four qualifications available at this level. Depending on the qualification you choose, you complete two, four or six mandatory units. Units include:

  • 2D Computer aided design
  • 2D Computer aided part programming
  • 2D Manual part programming
  • 2D CNC machining
  • Reinstate the work area(s)
  • 2D CAD online test.

You will be assessed through practical demonstrations, assignments and a multiple choice test.

Development of Maths and English

The College also supports and encourages the development of your core Maths and English skills which will be improved through the programme, but for those looking to develop further it is possible to undertake additional programmes and gain additional Maths and English qualifications.

Employability Skills Development

Throughout the course you will be working in a simulated work environment to help develop and prepare you for employment in the Engineering sector.

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. You will also have access to e-Learning material which will allow you to study away from the College.

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 college expectations.

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 outings.

What course can I do next?

The Awards/Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing can help you find work in a range of roles including:

  • CAD draughtsperson
  • Engineering craft/CNC machinist
  • Engineering operative.

This qualification can also help you to progress into similar courses.

Where can I get further support / advice?

Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website:

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 tutors.

Course Fees

The course will cost £400 at full cost but there may be instances where the fee is reduced or waived completely. 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 you’re in receipt of a state benefit e.g. job seekers, housing benefit- this course may be free!

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