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NVQ Diploma, Level 2

Performing Engineering Operations (PEO)

This one-year course is designed to allow you to gain a good grounding and develop skills within the Engineering sector.




The course is particularly suitable for you if:

• You wish to become an Engineer.

• You are thinking about Engineering as a career but would like some experience of the job role first, or wish to learn new skills.

Units (from):

  • manual welding
  • welding machine operating
  • rail welding
  • brazing and/or soldering
  • plastic welding
  • sheet metalwork (3 mm or less)
  • plate worker (3 mm upwards)
  • structural steelwork
  • pipework fabrication
  • thermal cutting
  • industrial awareness
  • personal development programme

In addition, you will be expected to successfully complete a one-week work placement.

On successful completion many students choose to enrol on a Full-Time Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies (Electrical or Mechanical pathway), or you may decide to do an Apprenticeship to earn while you learn or find work, or to enter employment.


Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply – 4 GCSE passes at Grade 3, to include English, Maths and Science. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside alternative GCSE qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Assessment: 90% coursework, 10% exam

The qualification is assessed by:

  • portfolio of assessment
  • verbal/written questioning
  • witness testimony
  • assessor observations

Where can it lead?