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Diploma in Engineering

During the course you will study engineering technology; this will include the health and safety aspects of working in an engineering environment, how to read drawings and the science behind materials and mathematic principles needed within the industry.

Within the practical elements of the course, you will be machining using a vertical mill to produce a small slide block which has a close fitting tolerance slot and machining using a lathe to turn a die arbour.

The other practical skill you will develop is bench fitting, which will teach you to use your hands to produce a close tolerance part.

This will be supported by the development of Level 2/GCSE Maths and English. You will also develop the skills needed in technical writing and routine computer skills.

Altogether, this is an excellent grounding in exploring the field of engineering and a foundation for further study.

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Sep 2022 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB070 (2022)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 1 Year
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Course details


This qualification is assessed by short-answer tests and practical-based assignments. A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course including online tests, assignments, practical tasks and observations.

Entry Requirements

All entrants must hold four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent (or above), preferably including GCSE Maths and English. If you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English you will continue studying these subjects alongside your chosen course(s). At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next level course

Entrants who do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects.


Success on this course can lead you towards a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, an engineering apprenticeship or employment.

Facilities and resources

The Engineering Centre of Excellence is a specialist training and assessment facility for engineering and manufacturing students. The building includes high-tech CAD facilities, 3D printing, electronics design and assembly, a fabrication and welding workshop, CNC and manual machining and a bench fitting workshop.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTB070 (2022) North Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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