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CAM and CNC City and Guilds Award level 2 – C0680

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Course Overview

The course is ideal for those already working in a computer controlled manufacturing environment or for learners wishing to gain knowledge of computer numerical control (CNC) programming and applications. The course aims to broaden an appreciation of the use of computers in the engineering manufacturing industry and introduce the basic knowledge and skills in programming CNC machines. This course may be valuable to those wishing to gain or improve in their CAD/CAM software knowledge and experience.

This is a full cost course. There is no fee remission available and you cannot apply for an advanced learner loan to pay for your fees.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This evening course features formal teaching sessions and tutorials with practical demonstrations in order to develop and improve the learner’s CNC tool setting skills. The units cover the skills and knowledge needed to prove your competences required to carry out turning and milling operations, in accordance with approved procedures, using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, or CNC machining centres. After writing the programs, you will be expected to follow the correct procedures for calling up the operating program, dealing with any error messages and executing the program activities safely and correctly. You will produce a range of components that combine a number of different features, such as parallel, stepped and tapered diameters, drilled and reamed holes, internal and external threads, special forms and profiles. You will be required to operate the CNC machine in line with safe working practices and approved procedures, to monitor continuously the machining operations and, where necessary, make minor adjustments or seek the help of the setter to make the required adjustments, in order to ensure that the work output is to the required quality and accuracy.

Entry Requirements

A good general education and any previous experience of CAD/CAM, CNC machining or manual machining would be an advantage. An Introductory CNC (OCN) qualification is desireable or relevant experience.

How you will be assessed

Assessment will include three practical tasks for each unit (turning and milling) with underpinning knowledge questions used to confirm your knowledge.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £950.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

On successful completion of this course, it will enable you to be eligible to progress to programming and advanced programming courses within this field. Leicester College offers the City and Guilds level 3 Award in Computer Aided Manufacture and CNC Part Programming, which offers an ideal progression opportunity for you.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

For enrol and pay courses: Once you have decided to take the course, you need to fill in a short learner details form online and pay the course fee. Once you have done this, you will receive an electronic confirmation of enrolment and payment

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