Where will this course lead?

This pre-apprenticeship programme is designed to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to enter the engineering industry.

What will I study?

During the course you will study the following:

- Health and Safety
- Carrying out engineering activities effectively and efficiently
- Using and communicating technical information
- Making components using hand fitting techniques
- Using lathes for turning operations.

How will this course be delivered?

Half of this course involves practical assessments in the engineering workshop and the other half is theory portfolio work in the classroom.

What qualifications will I get?

Level 1 Certificate in Engineering.

How will I be assessed?

To pass this course you will complete: - Unit 101 which is a theory based unit followed by an on line exam - Unit 102 Carrying out basic bench fitting techniques, which is a practical workshop based assessment, followed by a written question paper - Unit 104 Carrying out basic turning techniques, which is a practical workshop based assessment followed by a written question paper.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for entry to this course, although an interest in working in the engineering industry is desirable

What else do I need to know?

If you are successful at the interview you will be expected to bring the following Personal Protective Equipment: - Safety footwear - Safety overalls are provided for workshop activities. You will also be expected to bring your own writing equipment. Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes. If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too. Solihull College and University Centre offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology.

Solihull College & University Centre are the lead partner of the GBSIoT - a collaboration between colleges, universities and employers focusing on the technical skills required in the region. The College's Engineering courses are part of the GBSIoT.

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion of the Level 1 Certificate in Engineering you will have completed a programme that will prepare you for a full time level 2 course or an apprenticeship in engineering.


Woodlands Campus

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Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time


Job holders in this unit group operate machines to drill, bore, grind, cut, mill or otherwise shape metal workpieces.

What’s Involved?

A Machinist examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate method, sequence of operations and machine setting. They select and fix work-holding devices and appropriate cutting, shaping, grinding and/or forming tools. They also set machine controls for rotation speeds, depth of cut and stroke, and adjust machine table, stops and guides. They operate automatic or manual controls to feed tool to workpiece or vice versa and check accuracy of machining. They reposition workpiece, change tools and reset machine as necessary during production run. They instruct operators on the safe and correct method of operation of the machine.

Maintenance Engineer

Maintenance Engineers erect, install and repair electrical and mechanical plant and industrial machinery, fit and assemble parts and sub-assemblies in the manufacture of metal products and test and adjust new motor vehicles and engines.

What’s Involved?

A Maintenance Engineer examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate methods and sequence of operations; fits and assembles parts and/or metal sub-assemblies to fine tolerances to make engines, prototype metal products, agricultural machinery and machine tools; fits and assembles, other than to fine tolerances, prepared parts and sub-assemblies to make motor vehicles, printing and agricultural machinery, orthopaedic appliances and other metal goods; examines operation of, and makes adjustments to, internal combustion engines and motor vehicles; erects, installs, repairs and services plant and industrial machinery, including railway stock, textile machines, coin operated machines, locks, sewing machines, bicycles and gas and oil appliances.

Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?


Employment by Region

The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.