First Diploma in Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and manufacturing

The qualification provides learners with the practical hand skills required to manufacture products as well as knowledge of the immediate manufacturing environment and techniques designed to maximise productivity. It does not require evidence of occupational competence in the workplace but employers will be encouraged to contribute by setting work-based assignments, supporting mentoring processes, and assessing students’ work in a simulated manufacturing environment.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, learners must be at least 14 years of age and 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.

The EAL First Diploma in Manufacturing Technologies is for 14-16 year-old learners in full-time education who are interested in a career in manufacturing. It is specifically designed for learners to follow in the first year of a full-time study programme, providing them with an opportunity to progress onto a level 3 Advanced Diploma in Manufacturing Technologies or to an apprenticeship. The qualification is suitable for those interested in working in one of many manufacturing environments, and includes the influences of sustainability, design and innovation on manufacturing technologies. The qualification is also suitable for adults interested in these industries or considering a career change.


Assessment includes synoptic testing in an independent external testing centre, short answer questions (EAL devised and set) and centre-devised, set and marked assignments.

The First Diploma can be delivered in a school, college or be offered by a private sector trainer, providing learners have access to an infrastructure that includes a high quality simulated working environment and suitably experienced vocational staff.