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34 Weeks
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The Engineering department of Kendal College offers a dedicated workshop, boasting industry-standard centre lathes, CNC systems, and 3D printers, and a range of computer facilities with the latest 2D/3D CAD software. The nine members of staff who run the department have over 140 years of combined industry experience, working in sectors such as military engineering, motorsports, nuclear energy, hydroelectric, manufacturing, and acoustics.

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Course Overview

Engineering is all about how ideas and designs are applied to problems and needs - people who work in engineering technology are called Incorporated Engineers, and they are skilled at using industrial machines and tools, computers, plans and data. Across the UK, there are nearly 70 000 job opportunities each year for engineers of all kind, with many local employers keen to recruit people with Engineering skills.

This course will give you a grounding in Engineering principles and practice and is aimed at adult learner looking to retrain and join a sector that is eager to employ people with the right skills.

If you interested in understand how things work or are made, problem solving or doing things efficiently then engineering is for you.

This course focuses on engineering workshop techniques and procedures - using lathes, mills, drills, and hand fitting, for example. Modern engineering requires good computer skills, so our course covers this too. You will still learn about the basic science and maths required to work in engineering technology, but the emphasis is firmly on the workshop.

This course usually runs over 1 day a week, with some sessions taking place in the workshop and others in classrooms. The topics covered over the year are:

- Engineering Techniques and Principles
- Fitting & Assembly Techniques
- Turning Techniques & Technology
- Understanding CAD
- Engineering Environment Awareness

You will also learn about the industry through trips and speakers. You will be studying for two qualifications, one which demonstrates practical skills and one that demonstrates knowledge. These are the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Knowledge) and EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills) - separate applications may be considered but are not usually advised.

Your knowledge, understanding, and workshop skills are assessed through assignments, online tests, and practical activities throughout the year. By successfully achieving the tasks issued, you will build up a portfolio of evidence of your capabilities and achievements.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the Access to Engineering course, you will need:

For adult applicants you will need to demonstrate competence in maths and English skills either via previous qualifications or an assessment

All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, an skills based aptitude test.

After Your Course

With this qualification, you will have the knowledge and skills to progress into an Apprenticeship or employment in engineering.

You can also progress on to our Level 3 Engineering Technology course.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700