Engineering Manufacture  - Cambridge National L2

Cambridge Nationals Engineering Manufacture: Level 2


We introduced this course in response to growing concerns, both on a nationwide level and from local engineering companies, that there are not enough young people choosing engineering as a career. There are particular concerns there are not enough female engineers, so please bear in mind the course is suitable all genders. This could be the first step towards an interesting, rewarding and well-paid career.


The Cambridge National in Engineering Manufacture can be taken alongside a Design & Technology GCSE.




You may be interested in this course if you want an engaging qualification which allows you to use what you learn in practical, real-life situations, such as:

  • the materials used in engineering manufactures

  • safely producing a one-off product

  • the use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) to produce in quantity

This will help you to develop independence and confidence in using skills that would be relevant to the engineering manufacturing and development sector. The qualification will also help you to develop learning and skills that can be used in other life and work situations, such as:

  • solving problems by exploring different engineering manufacture processes, tools and equipment

  • planning a sequence of processes. This will involve managing your time and identifying the resources you will need, as well as reviewing your plans if necessary




The course is assessed via three units:

R014 – Principle of Engineering manufacture (externally assessed exam)

R015 – Manufacturing a one-off product (internally assessed assignment)

R016 – Manufacturing in quantity (internally assessed assignment)


The course assessment is weighted, with 40% awarded through an externally assessed exam and 60% internally assessed assignments.




Following successful completion of the course, there is a wide range of options available for either work-related progression or further education.

  • • Petroc runs a wide range of courses such as a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering, and a level 3 T level qualification in Engineering. There are also Apprenticeship qualifications relating to the different engineering sectors.

  • • Apprenticeships with local Engineering companies

  • • A-level Product Design at a local school


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