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Engineering at Bedford College Group


Performing Engineering Operations 600/8264/1 EAL Level 2 Diploma

This year-long part-time course is ideal if you want to develop hand fitting and machining skills in a workshop environment. You will gain a basic understanding of the workshop environment, and the course can range from basic hand fitting skills through to operating milling machines and centre. You will be required to produce components that are practical and can be kept on successful completion of the course.

Available Courses
Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: Various
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Flex
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Length: 2 years
Fees: £994.00
Apply online Fee notes: The fee shown is per year of the course.

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Course Information

Entry requirements

To begin this course an interest in mechanical engineering is desirable, along with a reasonable level of ability in English and maths (GCSE grades A-D are desirable).

Course content

The course will cover health and safety, marking out procedures, hand fitting skills, operation of centre lathes and vertical milling machines. During the course you will study the following topics:

  • Working safely in an engineering environment
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Making components using hand tools and fitting techniques
  • Using lathes for turning operations
  • Preparing and Using Milling Machines.
Assessment methods

There will be assessed components and knowledge questions produced at each stage, which will contribute to passing the course.

After the initial workshop operations there are manufactured components, which will be assessed according to set criteria, with knowledge questions on each unit taken.

Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

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Unemployed offer

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. To find out if you are eligible open our Part-time fee flow chart below or call our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.


Part-time Fee Flow Chart

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol on one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not:

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.