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Engineering (Beginner) - Level 1


This exciting course is designed to give you an insight into the world of engineering.

You will have access to our state of the art workshops, tools, equipment and facilities.

Our friendly, experienced staff will help you to develop your skills and knowledge in engineering, where you will learn the skills and techniques to start your journey into your chosen career.

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20241557A1265FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our fees for adult learners page for more information.

What will I study?

  • Basic Engineering Skills – Using hand tools you will be perfecting such tasks as marking out, drilling, cutting, filing, and cutting threads to set tolerances in a selection of materials.  
  • Basic Machining – Learning how to use a lathe you will machine hand tools such as mallets, punches, plumb bobs and stepped shaft, to set tolerances in a selection of materials.

You may be asked to take part in our ‘Learning Company’, where you will gain really valuable work and life skills alongside the main programme. This could mean that you do ‘paid’ work for making park benches, servicing and valeting cars or other things. You can bring your own ideas to the learning company.

Entry requirements

  • Grade 2 in English language and maths.
  • You will also need to successfully complete a college induction process, have good attendance, good time keeping and a good attitude.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

You will work on a one to one basis with your tutor where you will be able to show off the skills and knowledge you have learned by completing a number of practical activities and sharing your knowledge with your tutor by completing some short knowledge assessments.

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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We offer a flexible and cost-effective travel pass to all students and apprentices.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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