City & Guilds Level 2/3 Diploma (one year for each Level)


Why should I study this course?

On this course you will gain the knowledge and experience required when starting out on your journey to a career in engineering. The City and Guilds Level 2 in Engineering is an exciting course that gives you the chance to learn how to use different types of machinery that are in common use in the workplace. During the course you will be using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to produce engineering drawings and then produce them in the workshop using bench fitting and fabrication skills. This course is ideal for students who plan to go into any of the many different fields of engineering or who want to progress to the Level 3 City  Guilds course.

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What will I study?

The units covered in this course are:

  • Working in engineering
  • Engineering technology
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Bench fitting
  • Fabricating sheet metal
  • Constructing and testing electronic circuits

Most of the course is completed internally through work done in the workshop and in the classroom. Two of the units are externally assessed by examinations; these will be completed in January and June.

After the first year of this course you will achieve a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma. You will then progress onto the Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Engineering. These qualifications are highly respected by engineering companies and will give you a great advantage when you go on to apply for jobs or apprenticeships.

Examination board

City and Guilds

How is the course assessed?

Most of the course is completed internally through work done in the workshop and in the classroom. Two of the units are externally assessed by examinations; these will be completed in January and June.

What will the course prepare me for?

In East Yorkshire, Engineering is the biggest employment sector and it is growing all the time. Some huge contracts have been awarded to multinational companies in the area and these have created lots of job opportunities. This course will provide you with an ideal qualification to progress into these types of jobs or onto Level 3 Engineering at Wilberforce.

Private study

The City & Guilds Engineering course is one where the work you do in the workshop and the classroom is continually assessed. We will ask you to do private study if you get behind with work or there are deadlines that you need to meet.

What materials will I need to provide?

Due to the workshop element of the course all students will need to have a pair of steel toe-cap boots. These could be purchased before you start the course or they could be ordered through the Engineering Department. Cotton overalls suggested.

How will I be taught?

A wide variety of teaching techniques will be used. In the workshop you will generally be taught by the teacher demonstrating how to use the machinery. It definitely won't be the case of just'll soon be working on all the machinery and will be given tips on how to use it correctly and without any mistakes. You will also be taught in classroom situations - again with real life problems to make the work relevant to what happens in employment. One thing you'll always be able to say about the teaching - it will always be useful to working in Engineering once you leave college!

This course is for you if... want to work in an industry where there are a wide variety of job opportunities available and there is the possibility of developing a career onwards and upwards. It is also for you if you enjoy the feeling of knowing that every single lesson is about learning something that will be of use to you in your future career.

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What are the course requirements?

A minimum of two grade 3's (D) at GCSE including a minimum of grade 4 (C) in Mathematics and preferably a grade C in GCSE Science (or a Pass in BTEC Science).

If you are interested in joining the college we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • good workplace habits - our expectations of punctuality and attendance are high, just like an employer's would be
  • you need to have good awareness of working in a workshop environment
  • you need to have determination to succeed and good attention to detail - after all, you'll be expected to produce high quality work consistently