EAL Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge)

Engineering and manufacturing

This qualification is a Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge) and is a Vocational Related Qualification (VRQ). It will give learners knowledge and understanding of a range of maritime defence engineering techniques.

The qualification covers the intermediate knowledge and understanding that is required by someone working in the maritime defence engineering sector. It takes a hands-on approach to foundation maritime defence engineering training by providing learners with:
• Knowledge and understanding of a range of maritime defence engineering 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

Typical job roles include:
• Maritime mechanical fitter
• Maritime electrical fitter
• Maritime pipeworker
• Maritime fabricator

The qualification will provide progression onto other suitable and appropriate Level 3 and Level 4 engineering and manufacturing qualifications

Apprentices must be at least 16 years old. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however centres should ensure that the apprentice have the potential to achieve this qualification. Apprentices must have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy to complete the learning outcomes and the external assessment.

Centres should make apprentices with particular requirements aware of the content of the qualification and they should be given every opportunity to successfully complete the qualification. EAL will consider any reasonable suggestions for, and from, those with disabilities that would help them to achieve the learning outcomes without compromising the standards required.

• Apprentices working towards a relevant apprenticeship standard
• Apprentices looking to advance to the development phase of a relevant apprenticeship standard


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

The on-screen multiple choice examination is set by EAL and marked by EAL. The internal assessments are 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.

This qualification has three mandatory units, which provides learners with knowledge in a marine engineering environment, general engineering principles and general engineering mathematics and science within the maritime defence sector. There is also a number of optional units from which learners will select a minium if three units equating to a minimum of six units in total.