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The Engineering department of Kendal College offers a dedicated workshop, boasting industry-standard centre lathes, CNC systems, and 3D printers, and a range of computer facilities with the latest 2D/3D CAD software. The nine members of staff who run the department have over 140 years of combined industry experience, working in sectors such as military engineering, motorsports, nuclear energy, hydroelectric, manufacturing, and acoustics.

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Course Overview

Engineering is all about how ideas and designs are applied to problems and needs - people who work in engineering technology are called Incorporated Engineers, and they are skilled at using industrial machines and tools, computers, plans and data. Across the UK, there are nearly 70 000 job opportunities each year for engineers of all kind, with many local employers keen to recruit people with Engineering skills.

This course will give you a grounding in Engineering principles and practice and is aimed at adult learner looking to retrain and join a sector that is eager to employ people with the right skills.

If you interested in understand how things work or are made, problem solving or doing things efficiently then engineering is for you.

This course focuses on engineering workshop techniques and procedures - using lathes, mills, drills, and hand fitting, for example. Modern engineering requires good computer skills, so our course covers this too. You will still learn about the basic science and maths required to work in engineering technology, but the emphasis is firmly on the workshop.

This course usually runs over 1 day a week, with some sessions taking place in the workshop and others in classrooms. The topics covered over the year are:

- Engineering Techniques and Principles
- Fitting & Assembly Techniques
- Turning Techniques & Technology
- Understanding CAD
- Engineering Environment Awareness

You will also learn about the industry through trips and speakers. You will be studying for two qualifications, one which demonstrates practical skills and one that demonstrates knowledge. These are the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Knowledge) and EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills) - separate applications may be considered but are not usually advised.

Your knowledge, understanding, and workshop skills are assessed through assignments, online tests, and practical activities throughout the year. By successfully achieving the tasks issued, you will build up a portfolio of evidence of your capabilities and achievements.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the Access to Engineering course, you will need:

For adult applicants you will need to demonstrate competence in maths and English skills either via previous qualifications or an assessment

All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, an skills based aptitude test.

After Your Course

With this qualification, you will have the knowledge and skills to progress into an Apprenticeship or employment in engineering.

You can also progress on to our Level 3 Engineering Technology course.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

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