This course is designed to give an introduction into Rail Engineering and Construction. The course consists of two main qualifications; a level 1 certificate in Rail Engineering and a level 1 certificate in Construction skills. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.
Alongside this course you will also study the Welsh Baccalaureate: level 1, Essential Skills Wales at level 1 or higher in communications and Application of Number.
What Will I Learn?
• Prepare to undertake duties in the rail industry • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements • Dismantle and remove Permanent Way assets and components
• Install permanent way assets and components • Prepare small plant, measuring equipment and tools for Permanent Way renewal or maintenance • Reinstate the work site after Permanent Way engineering activities
• Introduction to health and safety in construction • Setting out and laying gravel paths • Laying paving slabs/Laying block paving Constructing one brick walling • Mixing and using concrete
For the Welsh Baccalaureate you will explore a wide range of areas including how Wales fits in with Europe and the rest of the world, the health of the nation and how to be enterprising. The Welsh Baccalaureate also has a project element that can be based around your vocational area of study. The Essential Skills qualifications that you will acquire complement all parts of the programme
You will require 3 GCSEs at grades A*- E including Maths/Numeracy and English/Welsh
You will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy to establish any support required.
The course is assessed by a range of methods, including practical projects, assignments, case studies and course work. You will also have to complete on-line and paper based examinations set by the awarding organisations.
Coleg y Cymoedd takes every effort to ensure the information on this website is accurate at time of being live. Coleg y Cymoedd reserves the right to make changes or withdraw without notice any of the courses, course facilities or support described.
Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Higher Education Fees for courses starting September 2020 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2020.
You will be required to purchase PPE/High Visibility workwear (£40) & steel toe capped boots. Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied.
- Successful completion of the course provides an opportunity to progress onto level 2 Rail Engineering programmes and/or employment within the Rail sector.
Rail construction or maintenance operative
Average salary: £26,091
Rail construction and maintenance operatives lay, re-lay, repair and examine railway track and maintain surrounding areas.
There are no formal academic entry requirements. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in Rail Transport Engineering are available at Levels 2 and 3.