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

What’s it all about?

This course is for people who are interested in a career in engineering within the manufacturing industries or who would like to progress to a level 2 qualification.

You will gain skills in three areas of engineering, fabrication and welding, machining and electrical installation using our industry standard machine tools and equipment. You will also further your English and Maths skills and knowledge as a key component of your programme of study.

The entry requirements for this programme is that learners have achieved at least 2 GCSEs at grade 2 or above including Maths.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will be expected to provide your own stationery (Pen, Pencil, Ring Binder, Paper) for both classroom and workshop sessions. You will also need to purchase PPE (Flame Retardant Overalls, Safety Footwear, Safety Glasses) these can be purchased through the college at cost price, exact costs and requirements will be discussed as part of the enrolment process.

This course has been developed so that you will be taught the skills and behaviors needed in the Fabrication & Welding sector. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in the Mechanical and Electrical workshops as part of your course.

Teaching is shared between classroom and workshop with learners creating a portfolio of evidence throughout the academic year to demonstrate competence in the various disciplines.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

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

We have excellent engineering workshop facilities at our City Campus, all equipment is of industry standard with the college recently investing in a number of Virtual Welding sets to allow students to develop welding skills in the classroom as well as the workshop.

Our engineering staff have extensive industry knowledge to help student develop the skills needed to progress their education and career.

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What’s next?

After completing this course you could progress to a level 2, Performing Engineering Operations in Welding or to a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering. As a level 2 student you will further develop your skills, enhancing your employment opportunities for engineering apprenticeships.

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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.