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Engineering - Robotics and Automation - Level 2


This hands on course will provide you with some of the basic skills and knowledge needed as a stepping stone to progress into the engineering industry or higher levels of study.

Robotics and automation in engineering are set to increase significantly over the next 10 to 15 years, meaning that there is a need now for skilled people who are able to service, repair and understand the principles of operation of autonomous machinery and robotic equipment.

This course is designed by employers for local and national industry so that students understand the fundamentals to be able to operate within industry. Whether your career pathway is to design engineering systems, work in multi-national retailers and warehousing or be at the cutting edge of engineering (within the motor vehicle and aerospace sectors), this course could be the start of the journey to get you there.

Entry requirements

GCSE maths grade 5 and English language grade 4.

16-18 year old applicants:

You will need to supply a copy of your most up-to-date school/college report or a reference from a teacher/employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021.

19+ year old applicants:

Mature students (those aged 19 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses. You will also be required to supply a written reference either from a recent educational institution or employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021. If you are not able to gain a reference, please contact for further advice.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)2047A1561FREETBCApply

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

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course in some of the following ways:

  • Practical assessment – you will be assessed how well you are able to service, repair and use autonomous and robotic equipment
  • Project based learning – part of the course requires you to design, programme and build simple small scale conveyor systems using sensors and equipment so that you are able to understand the principles of larger scale commercial units
  • Assignments and aptitude testing – throughout the course you will build a portfolio of skills based evidence to show what you have learned. At the end of the course there will be an aptitude test to confirm that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to progress onto Level 3

What does the course lead to?

  • A level 3 apprenticeship in the disciplines of maintenance, design, mechanical or electrical engineering as a well as an operative or programmer in automation and robotic related industries
  • A level 3 full-time course such as the Robotics and Automation - Level 3 programme
  • Full-time employment within the engineering industry.

What will I study?

You will study some of the following topics so that you have a practical understanding of automation and robotic engineering:

  • Introduction to robotics
  • Introduction to rapid prototyping and 3D printing
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic systems  
  • Sensors and actuators used in autonomous systems
  • Basic electrical circuits and programmable controllers for industry
  • Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) – Interpreting and producing 2D drawings
  • Practical engineering project to design, programme and build a robotic system.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

  • Robotics and Automation - Level 3
  • Engineering Design - Level 3
  • Engineering Operations and Maintenance - Level 3
  • Electrical or Mechanical Engineering - Level 3
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Level 3
  • General Engineering – academic pathway to university - Level 3

How do I apply?

Apply online


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