Award in 2D Computer Aided Design - Level 2 - City and Guilds
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 2 Technology Centre - Monkerton 16/09/2019 23/03/2020 Mondays 18:00-20:30 £515 None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course continues the themes begun in 'Introduction to 2D CAD' and completes with a City and Guilds assessment which is certified. 

This course is suitable for those who are new to AutoCAD and/or have a limited understanding of electronic drawing and want to learn the basics of how to design using the computer correctly. You will leave with a good understanding of the software that could lead into your first job as a draughtsperson or improve your confidence within a current employed situation.

The majority of the course is hands on and you will work at your own pace using a series of prepared workbook style methods: these will include all of the necessary elements required to successfully achieve each task. Your tutor is there at all times to guide and support your learning.

You will have your own computer in a well-equipped modern CAD room within Exeter College’ Technology Centre.

During the build up activities you will be assessed by continual task completion which will be marked with written feedback.

You will then be given two timed practical assignments which will test competence against the scheme criteria.

When all drawing is completed and assessed, you will then be required to complete a short written question and answer paper based test which covers the knowledge requirements as mentioned in the previous section.

Note: There is some flexibility as to how long a course will take individuals, as you may choose to complete early and take the required assessments before the weekly limit has been reached.

What topics will I study?

  • Use associated I.T and CAD hardware and operating system
  • Use basic file management techniques and maintain health and safety requirements 
  • Use and identify key components of the software relating to the 2D drawing environment
  • Use a range of viewing commands and set up the drawing space
  • Use drawing commands to produce shapes
  • Use the CAD software’s co-ordinate system to aid accurate drawing
  • Use hatch, text and simple dimensioning routines
  • Use basic editing commands and produce simple hard copies

What are the entry requirements?

  • No specific qualifications are necessary, just a basic understanding of computers is required
  • Candidates are required to have basic literacy and numeracy skills, i.e. the ability to read and interpret written tasks and to write answers in a legible form
  • Good organisational skills and a keen interest in the subject would also be of natural benefit

What facilities are there?

A new £8.3 million Technology Centre at Monkerton opened in September 2012. The centre combines the training and teaching of aerospace, engineering and automotive students with access to state of the art equipment within world class facilities. The CAD/CAM Suite includes 25 computers running the latest versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Works, EdgeCAMand SIEMENS 828d/840d control. You will also have access to a learning resource centre.

What can the course lead on to?

This course is a pre-requisite for 'Certificate in 2D Computer Aided Design (City and Guilds)'.

Are there any additional costs?


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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