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Course Code: NFVEN151

Course Level: Level 1

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: Vocational Courses

Course overview

Through a blend of theoretical learning and practical hands-on experience, you'll gain foundational knowledge and skills essential for a career in engineering.

Explore key concepts such as health and safety regulations, engineering principles and workplace practices. Get hands-on experience with basic engineering tools and equipment and learn how to carry out engineering tasks effectively and safely.

The course consists of 6 units. Firstly, you will develop practical skills in mechanical and fabrication engineering. This could include the use of practical hand skills, using a centre lathe, milling machine and welding and fabrication. You will also gain an excellent knowledge in engineering practices such as health and safety, working effectively and communicating technical information. The third element is to develop your Maths and English skills to support your learning and prepare you for employment. Alongside your course, you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

You will need a minimum of two GCSE passes at grade 3 or higher in maths, science or English Language. You will take part in a short interview to ensure that the course meets your needs and to ensure that we can identify any extra support that you may need early.

You will complete a range of practical projects and will be assessed and monitored throughout the year on these. You will also compile a portfolio of all of this work to show what you have learned. You will complete tests and assignments in maths and English.

If you wish to find out more you can contact Nathan Roberts, Curriculum Leader, by emailing:

After completing the Level 1 course and the required Maths you will be well prepared to progress onto the Level 2 Practical Engineering Course. You will then also be able to apply for an engineering apprenticeship standard with a local company as an apprentice. There you will then develop your skills at your place of work and to further improve your technical knowledge you will attend college. There is also the option of progressing to the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering.

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit


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