Machining (Foundation Knowledge)

Engineering and manufacturing

The EAL Level 2 Diploma in Machining is a Vocational Related Qualification (VRQ). It will give learners knowledge and understanding of a range of machining techniques. The qualifications cover the intermediate knowledge, understanding and skills that are required by someone working in the machining sector. It takes a hands-on approach to foundation machining training by providing learners with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of machining techniques,
  • Information that will help them make more informed decisions about their career 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 completing the foundation phase of the level 3 Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering apprenticeship standard or in full time education who are interested in machining and would like to gain an intermediate level of knowledge and understanding about the machining sector. The qualification may also be suitable for learners who are interested in machining techniques 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.

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Assessment methods within this qualification include an on-screen multiple choice examination for three of the mandatory units and Internal centre marked practical and theory assessments for the remaining two mandatory units and the optional units. Assessment methods have been designed to assess the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners for all 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.

Competence based qualifications are undertaken in the learner's place of work.