Enable Accessibility Bar

General Engineering Level 1

Programme Description



This programme has been designed to satisfy candidates who want a foundation in engineering skills and wish to acquire engineering competences in a sheltered, controlled environment.

This level 1 learning area programme includes a PEO level 1 certificate and GCSE Maths/English resits (as required).


Programme Features



  • This programme enables students to provide evidence that they can perform a particular job or skill
  • It provides a good foundation with flexibility to meet both current and future engineering practices
  • The programme has been designed to support candidates who wish to acquire engineering competencies in a sheltered and controlled environment
  • The progression path is to foundation apprenticeship and / or C&G level 2
  • Candidates are also encouraged to take GCSE Maths, English and Science resits where applicable.

Progression & Employment



The programme provides evidence that you can do a particular job or skill to level 1 standard and may help you progress to employment or to a higher level NVQ/C&G or similar qualification. 

It will develop learners with broad-based engineering skills and help them decide on a particular engineering specialisation (i.e. mechanical, electrical or welding). Progression would usually be to the General Engineering 2 learning area programme.


Programme Content



This programme includes a level 1 PEO Certifcate and GCSE Maths/English resits (as applicable).


Programme Assessment



Continuous assessment of practical coursework and portfolio development.


Programme Entry Requirements



The entry requirement for this award is a minimum of two GCSEs grade E (to include Maths & English/Welsh first language), plus one grade C or equivalent, and subject to interview including diagnostic testing.

Candidates must demonstrate the basic skills required for this course, with a keen desire to achieve an engineering qualification.


Additional Costs



All engineering full-time courses which include mechanical, electrical/electronic/fabrication and welding and motor vehicle, are fully funded. 

Additional learner costs include a contribution of £30 towards the cost of personal protective equipment.

The learner will also be required to provide their own stationery and basic classroom equipment appropriate to their course (eg pens and a calculator).

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.