Engineering Technologies (Level 1 Certificate)

Engineering and manufacturing

The EAL Level 1 Certificate in Engineering Technologies is a Vocational Related Qualification (VRQ). The content and structure of the qualification has been developed to provide learners with a broad introduction to the practices and processes of engineering technologies. It covers basic knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to a wide variety of careers and study routes within the engineering industry and takes a hands-on approach to basic engineering training by providing learners with:

  • 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 specific career within engineering
  • Information that will help them make an informed decision about their post-16 options
  • Personal skills to help them work effectively and achieve their potential

This is a graded qualification; learners can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Learners must be at least 14 years old. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, learners must have the potential to achieve all aspects of the qualification.  In particular, learners should be able to demonstrate that they have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy required to comply with the health and safety aspects of the scheme, the completion of the learning outcomes, and the assessments.

This qualification is predominantly for learners in full time education who are interested in engineering and would like to gain a basic level of knowledge and understanding about the engineering sector. The qualification may also be suitable for learners who are interested in engineering technology and/or are considering a career change. The qualification has been specifically designed to offer progression into a higher level of study or an Apprenticeship.

It is suitable for learners aged:


Assessment methods within this qualification include an on-screen multiple-choice examination for the mandatory unit and Centre marked practical and theory assessments for the optional units. Assessment methods have been designed to assess the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners for both units.

The on-screen multiple choice examination is set by EAL and marked by EAL. The internal assessment is set by EAL and marked by members of the delivery team at the Centre.

Where the assessment takes the form of written/short answer or multiple choice question papers, these must be treated as controlled assessments.

All assessment decisions are then subject to internal and external quality assurance.