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Engineering (Level 2 Technical Certificate) — Full-time

Course outline

This qualification is for you if you want to work in the Engineering and Manufacturing sectors.

If you like to explore how simple components and complex machines are designed, made or maintained and are keen to develop practical and technical skills then this qualification is for you. This practical based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in engineering and manufacturing sectors or further specialist study.

This qualification allows you to focus on one of the three specialist pathways.

The following mandatory content is included in each pathway:

  • Prinicples of Engineering
    • This allows you to understand the basic principles of mathematics, science and materials that re important wherever you work in engineering.
  • Engineering Workshop Practice
    • This allows you to recognise and apply safe working practices, develop the knowledge and skills for producing components for assembly using appropriate tools, different materials and inspection techniques.
  • Business Improvement Prinicples
    • This will provide you with an understanding of how an engineering business is built up, operates and achieves commercial success.

The three specialist pathways are:

  • Fabrication and Welding
    • You will gain and understanding of the welding processes and how to produce welds to an industrial standard. To do this, you will learn how to operate the necessary fabrication equipment and perform cutting of metals.
  • Maintenance
    • You will gain an understanding of mechanical, electrical and fluid power systems and how these ae maintained. Also why planned maintenance is important and the different types of fault-finding techniques
  • Manufacturing Technologies
    • You will gain an understanding of CAD/CAM and the important to manufacturing, produce components through manual and CNC machines.

We work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of your training. You can expect lectures given by industry experts and employer input into projects and exercises.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2023/24.

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Location Date
Jesse Boot Avenue
Science Park
University Boulevard

Start: Monday 4th September 2023

Fabrication and Welding

Course code: C036268 / Q036269

Jesse Boot Avenue
Science Park
University Boulevard

Start: Monday 4th September 2023


Course code: C036478 / Q036479

Jesse Boot Avenue
Science Park
University Boulevard

Start: Monday 4th September 2023

Manufacturing Technologies

Course code: C036489 / Q036490


City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Engineering


1 year

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs with both Maths and English Language at Grade 4. There will also be a small entry test to gauge your general engineering knowledge.

Teaching & assessment

This course will have an end of year exam and an City & Guilds set assignment.


Choose to follow with a full-time Level 3 engineering course at Nottingham College, employment, and/or an apprenticeship.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

Student case study: Fiorella - Engineering Level 2 and 3

She plans to go into robotics at university.

Engineering Horizon Kit - How renewable energy is the future

Learn more about how renewable energy sources are made and how to make our future greener. We teach our students to be more sustainable throughout their learning with us, as we progress into an everchanging and green-conscious industry.

This video features lecturer Abbad, introducing our horizon kits that students use to learn with.