This course is for those interested in learning about modern engineering technologies and their applications. Based on established mechanical study programmes, the course will develop knowledge, understanding, machining and hand skills across a wide range of engineering subjects.

Meet our students Brandon Drake-Gould

Brandon Drake-Gould

“I enjoy the learning experience at Newbury College and the fact that it is convenient location and has a great atmosphere.”

Meet our students Lauryn Bailey

Lauryn Bailey

“My company were looking at a course to aid with my next stage in educational development, Newbury college stood out to me from the course selection they gave me as it is a well rated college and the course itself is better suited to my way of learning by being coursework based. The lecturers are always very helpful and their feedback on any assignments are really helpful in where to make improvements now and how to continue that level of detail on other assignments. The course itself it presented in a good way, it is a mixture of classroom teaching and hands on practical.”

Meet our students Sahi Laskar

Sahi Laskar

"I chose to study at Newbury College because I found Engineering an enriching subject, it gives me opportunities that can help broaden my career. I enjoy the graft of working and dedicating the time and energy to achieve my desired grades."

Meet our students Zachary Gibbon-Timms

Zachary Gibbon-Timms

“I have studied at Newbury College for nearly two years now and I feel the college is working hard to ensure I obtain the qualifications I need and want. The course covers a wide range of engineering sectors, allowing me to explore different forms of engineering. The teaching staff all have different backgrounds, making the lessons far more interesting and diverse. I would like to progress onto level 4 at the new University Centre.”

  • Description

    Units include:

    • Working in Engineering
    • Principles of Engineering Techniques
    • Principles of Manufacturing Technology
    • Bench Fitting Techniques
    • Metal Lathe Turning
    • Metal Milling Machining

    Students will have the opportunity to take part in exciting educational visits to Newbury Fire Station, Swindon Royal Engineers Museum or local engineering businesses.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students need five GCSE passes at grade 3 or above, preferably including Maths and English or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 1.

    Students who have not yet achieved grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English, will study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.

    Good hand/eye coordination when using the milling and turning machines. Being able to apply Maths to an engineering activity carried out in the workshop.

  • Qualification

    Diploma in Engineering Level 2

  • Progression

    The course is aimed at training the next generation of maintenance fitters. Progression from this course can be to full-time Level 3 Engineering or an apprenticeship.

  • Assessment

    The 3 theory units are assessed by 2 on-line multiple choice exams and one written test The 3 practical units are assessed by written tests and items made out of steel to a set tolerance.

  • Home Study

    Homework is set by the tutor and students are encouraged to work independently from home for the revision of online exams.

  • Work Placement

    Work experience or industrial placement is part of the full-time programme. This can range from 30 hours to 45 days. This helps to reinforce the understanding of the types of roles available within industry and enhance the skills required to gain future employment in the sector. The college will help arrange your work experience or industrial placement.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Students are required to purchase the following items: steel toe cap boots approx.. £30.00; lab coat approx.. £15.00; safety glasses approx.. £3.00; and a hard covered notebook approx.. £3.00. At times, students are offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows, which may require additional entrance fees and coach costs.

* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.