Engineering Courses

Swale Skills Centre has a wide variety of engineering courses for students aged 14 years and above. From courses designed for students at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 (Level 3), to earn while you learn engineering apprenticeships, you can be sure to find an engineering course to suit your needs.

Our courses are designed to give students a sound understanding of a variety of engineering modules, ensuring that they can continue to further their education through alternate diplomas or university. Alternatively, our engineering students can move directly into the workplace if this is preferred.

Pre 14

For those interested in signing up to one of our engineering courses in Kent, the Swale Skills Centre offers taster classes and experience days for Key Stage 3 students.

Ages 14 – 16 Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 option is aimed at students aged 14-16 and includes a level 2 engineering course, which is an introduction to the basics of the profession. This course mixes the ‘practical’ elements associated with a level 2 course, with more traditional classroom sessions.

This is just right for those looking to get some real, hands on experience, as students are given the opportunity to use workshop facilities, as well as the electronics lab.

Opportunities for development

The KS4 level 2 engineering course is a fantastic way to get to know the basic principles of engineering and many students progress from here on to level 3 courses and into apprenticeships.

Engineering courses we offer at Key Stage 4:

16+ Key Stage 5 (level 2)

Those aged 16 -18 have the opportunity to study Key Stage 5 engineering at the Swale Skills Centre. These courses offer a far more practical approach and are very hands-on. Alongside covering the basics of machining and electrical pathways, these engineering courses give students the opportunity to learn how to install electrical cables and systems, as well as how to use machinery correctly.

Ideal for students who would rather learn a skill in a practical environment, this initial stage of KS5 often leads to an engineering apprenticeship, progression onto a level 3 course or as even entry into employment.

Engineering courses we offer at Key Stage 5 (level 2) are:

16+ Key Stage 5 (level 3)

The second part of your Key Stage 5 study is known as a level 3 vocational course. These courses cover a broad range of engineering principles, from mechanical systems and electrical installation, to computer aided design.

Using a mixture of practical and theoretical teaching, the level 3 engineering qualification allows students to move on to higher engineering apprenticeships or university courses.

The courses in engineering we offer at Key Stage 5 (level 3) are:

18+ (level 4 and above)

For those aged 18 years and above, a number of opportunities exist to help you progress further in your career. These include everything from start-up engineering courses at the Swale Skills Centre, to foundation and honours degrees in engineering at the University of Greenwich.


An apprenticeship is a great way to combine studying with actual workplace experience and is ideal for people who want to continue their education whilst starting their career at the same time. From short work placements to year-long jobs, an apprenticeship will give you the chance to earn money whilst learning to do a job that you love.

The Swale Skills Centre offers a wide range of training opportunities to existing apprentices in engineering companies including:

Intermediate and advanced engineering apprenticeship

Our BTEC engineering courses:

  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering

Our NVQ work based learning courses:

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma
  • NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma

Functional skills gained:

  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT

If you would like to know more about any of our engineering courses in Kent, or are an employer looking for apprentice training on day or block release, contact us

Alternatively, you can call us on 01795 411970.