Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 2 Part-Time - Day City Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is for people who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering or are looking to enhance their skills and progress to higher levels of study within the further education sector.

The course covers a wide range of subjects and offers students a foundation into engineering. Students will have the opportunity to develop practical skills alongside knowledge development in an industry standard environment.

On successful completion of the course, students can progress to a level 3 course which could include our apprenticeship provision.

This course requires students to have a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including maths and English or completion of a Level 1 Engineering Programme and an admissions appointment with the programme lead.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Due to the programme involving practical activities you will need to purchase PPE for the workshop sessions which will include Overalls and Safety Footwear. The college does have a designated supplier for the purchase of PPE at cost price, students can choose to purchase their PPE from other suppliers if they wish to do so. This will be discussed in further detail during the enrolment process.

This course has been developed and structured to offer students the opportunity to develop their skills in areas including: Engineering Machining (Milling and Turning), Fabrication & Welding and Electronic Circuit Design.

Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Maintenance, Interpreting Engineering Information, Investigating an Engineering Product and the Engineered world.

Assessment is carried out using a range of methods including written assignments, practical activities, online examinations and presentations in class.

In the engineering sector English and maths are important skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to along your chosen career path.

If you have not already achieved grade 4 - 9 in GCSE Math's and/or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills with timetabled sessions incorporated into your engineering study programme.

We work closely with local industry partners including: Marelli, ZF, Unipres, Adient, Grundfos, Ro-Bal Steel, Washington Metalworks, Gestamp, Liebherr, Connor Solutions, Signal Plastics and Tegral.

In working with these companies we ensure students develop the knowledge and skills that employers look for to prepare them for a career in the industry.

The course is delivered at our City Campus Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:3pm0. Days of attendance will be dependent upon group allocations and will be confirmed during the enrolment process.

Typical attendance will be 3 days per week with timetables issued at the start of the academic term.

The course consists of the following units:

The Engineered World
Investigating an Engineered Product
Health and Safety in Engineering
Engineering Maintenance
Machining Techniques
Electronic Circuit Design and Construction
Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
Mathematics for Engineering

*units could be subject to change

We have excellent engineering workshop facilities at our City Campus, all equipment is of industry standard with recent investment in new equipment and resources.

Our engineering staff have extensive industry knowledge and experience along with experience of teaching and delivery of apprenticeship programmes to a range of levels.

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What’s next?

After successfully completing this course there is a range of progression routes including, the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering or the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies.

This programme could also be used as ‘off the job’ training and can help students develop the skills needed to apply for an apprenticeship in Engineering.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.