Foundation Certificate in Engineering Technology

Engineering and manufacturing

The qualification gives learners a broad introduction to the practices and processes of engineering technology. It covers basic knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to a wide variety of careers and study routes and takes a hands-on approach to basic engineering training by providing learners with:

  • -Experience and understanding of a range of potential careers in the engineering sector
  • -Information that will help them make more informed decisions about their post-16 options
  • -Personal skills to help them work effectively and achieve their potential
  • -Transferable skills and skills that are not widely advanced through the traditional academic curriculum, which are applicable to a wide variety of contexts and learning objectives.

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 Level 1 Foundation Certificate in Engineering Technology is predominantly for young people aged 14-16 in full time education who are interested in engineering and would like to acquire a basic level of knowledge and understanding about the engineering sector. The qualification may also be suitable for other learners, including adults, who are interested in engineering technology and/or are considering a career change. The qualification has been specifically designed to offer progression into the EAL Level 2 First Certificate and Level 2 First Diploma in Engineering Technology.


Assessment includes an externally set and marked examination, Centre marked practical and/or theory assessments, and a final cross-unit synoptic assessment.

The qualification can be delivered in a school, college or other learning provider using a combination of practical workshops and theory sessions. It will compliment GCSEs and other relevant qualifications in subjects such as science, technology and mathematics, when offered as part of a Key Stage 4 learning programme.