Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Foundation
7 September 20202 yearsDonna Green

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


This is an introduction to Engineering course with College Certification that will lead to the Intermediate level or an apprenticeship. The student will be required to complete the foundation level course and demonstrate an aptitude and ability to take on the Intermediate level course.

Tutor recommendation will be required for progression to Intermediate level.


It is a broadly based programme designed for those with the desire and ambition to progress in a career in Engineering (Marine, Composites,  Mechanical/Manufacturing or Electronic) or for those who want to go on to further studies. Successful candidates will have a desire to become involved with sustainable solution related industries. It is for learners who are just starting out in their engineering career and require a broad range of competencies to enable safe progression to higher level engineering qualifications or into the workplace.


This course covers basic knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to a wide variety of careers and study routes within the engineering industry.

You will take on a hands-on approach to basic engineering training by learning:

  • An understanding of a range of potential careers and apprenticeships in the engineering sector.
  • Experience and knowledge to be able to make an informed decision about a career within engineering.
  • Personal skills to help you work effectively and achieve your potential.
  • How to work with others safely in an engineering environment.
  • Transferable skills required to work in the engineering industry, these will be both practical and theoretical.

Employability Skills

We will teach you hand skills and a combination of other skills that include:

  • Sheet metal
  • Machining
  • Electronics
  • Composites
  • Hand fitting
  • Welding

The skills you gain whilst on this course will support you to start a career in engineering.

Other studies

Functional Skills and tutorials are also included in the full-time programme along with the potential an industry specific project element.

The engineering team will undertake to formulate direct industry links for students, which may result in work experience, mentor support, and ultimately employment or progression to apprenticeships.


The equivalent of approximately three days a week is spent on the course. The College day is usually from 9am until 4.30pm.

There is an applied programme of practical and theory, directed private study, laboratory practical work, and industrial visits. In addition to technical subjects, personal and interpersonal skills are developed and assessed as an integral part of the course as well as the Functional Skills, ICT, Maths and English.  Continuous assessment of performance is carried out by means of classroom and laboratory work and practical assignment workshops. All modules are formally assessed and final grades are subject to moderation by the course team and a representative from City & Guilds.


Successful students can train, for example, as engineering apprentice or progress to the colleges Intermediate level and Advanced Level Engineering courses. Career planning and team building is actively encouraged on all Engineering courses.


Students are required to purchase standard study materials and uniform.  Students may also be required to contribute to the cost of trips to the mainland.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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