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 a convenient location and has a great atmosphere.


Meet our students Faye Cooke

Faye Cooke

It's nice to be in a working environment, with a good team around, learning new skills, as well as now being able to promote apprenticeships to others. More...

Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship

Meet our students Lauryn Bailey

Lauryn Bailey

I've always been interested in the engineering sector and my apprenticeship gives me the ability to further my education and get work experience at the same time. More...

Degree Apprentice

Meet our students Oliver Canham

Oliver Canham

Working with a diverse amount of people from different industries in one place has broadened my knowledge extensively. It is engaging to hear about what they do and play to each other’s strengths when completing group activities. 

Control Technical Support Engineer Apprentice
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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.


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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. More...


  • 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 industry 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 industy 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.

Code Start Fees*
ENGL2 242501 September 2024 Fee Information

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