Level 1 Foundation Diploma


Are you interested in engineering? This very practical course offers you a great introduction to a range of engineering skills including using hand tools, welding and electrical wiring.

You’ll spend plenty of practical sessions in our specially equipped workshops developing your knowledge and skills around the maintenance of automotive and agricultural vehicles.

This course will help you build work related skills in preparation for further training or employment.

What will I study?

  • Tractor and buggy driving
  • Electrical wiring
  • Engine dismantling
  • Welding – Mig/Arc
  • Working with hand tools
  • Vehicle repair
  • Health and safety
  • Personal development classes
  • Preparation for interview
  • Job applications and course applications
  • You will complete a 3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need exam passes to start but you do need to be at entry level in literacy and numeracy
  • You will have at least one interview and an assessment of your literacy and numeracy and support needs before you are offered a place

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Semi-skilled mechanic for dealership
  • Mechanic on large mechanised farm
  • Welder and fabricator
  • Tractor driver or mechanic

Student Profile
Lewis Atherton

Level 1 Certificate in Engineering

“The foundation studies programme has taught me to be a better person. Now I ask questions before I start a task to make sure I fully understand what to do.

“I am more independent, more ready to work. I am a lot more confident, a better self-manager. My behaviour and time keeping have really improved. I have improved my maths and English and my knowledge of engineering.

“I have now got a part time job at Birch Farm in Warrington and I will start this full time after I complete my course.”