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Mechanical Engineering

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    Ideal if you want to work methodically and you’d like to take the first steps to understanding engineering and the range of disciplines involved in the industry.

    You’ll learn milling, turning, basic hand skills and health and safety regulations.

    Expect to gain practical skills in our purpose-built engineering workshops.

    You’ll love learning from experienced lecturers and meeting employers from around the country, with a view to them recruiting you into their companies.


    Starting this course at Gloucestershire College will get you onto the first rung of the ladder on your journey leading to an exciting and varied career within the Engineering or Manufacturing sector.

    Mechanical Engineering Diploma (Craft Route)

    This course will give you an insight into a range of topics and disciplines and equip you with the basic skills and knowledge required. The engineering sector is vast and diverse and with this qualification who knows where it may take you?

    Our starting point for your career in Engineering is the Level 2 Diploma which is accredited by City & Guilds. It is nationally and internationally recognised by employers and engineering companies.  We also offer a Certificate for those students who are already on an apprenticeship framework.

    During your one year full time diploma you will gain a range of practical skills such as milling, turning, grinding and health and safety regulations in our large purpose-built, industry standard engineering workshops.  You will learn about basic hand tools, mills, lathes and drills.  

    You will study units such as: - Working in Engineering, Principles of Engineering Technology, Principles of Manufacturing Technology, Machining Components Using Milling Techniques, Machining Components Using Turning Techniques and Using Bench Fitting Techniques.

    You will be assessed on your practical ability and by means of short written answer tests some of which are multiple choice.

    You'll love learning from experienced tutors, and meeting employers from around the county with a view to recruiting you in their companies.

    Future career opportunities include: Assembly and machine operator, maintenance fitter, mechanical engineer.

    You can study at this level full time over one year or part time (one full day in college per week).



At Gloucestershire College we want students to develop their English and maths skills so that they achieve their learning goals and future career aims. For this reason all full-time students who have not achieved grade A* to C English language or maths GCSE will study these subjects as part of their course.

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.