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Major employers, like Haas Automation, help to design our course content. This means you're getting career-specific skills that the industry demands and the local economy needs, along with a widely-recognised qualification.

We bring together practical experience, specialist knowledge and a desire to expand career-ready skills.

Career routes could lead you to create revolutionary designs in sustainable technologies, preserve historical buildings, test aerodynamics on Formula 1 cars, or bring the future forward in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Engineers make things, use creativity and logic to design and solve problems, and help to shape the world we see around us. With us, you could be trialing new skills in electronics, exploring the use of robotics, creating functioning materials from CAD designs and gaining a wide range of different equipment knowledge.

Key to everything on our Engineering courses is giving you the responsibility and confidence to discover, interpret and test within exciting projects, developing the important skills that employers want to see.

Staff Profile: Anthony Gleeson

Staff Profile: Anthony Gleeson

Anthony began his studies in Civil Engineering Design at Coventry University but they were interrupted by a serious car accident, a consequence of which was losing the functional use of his hands.

As part of his rehabilitation, he attended Abingdon & Witney College and completed a Music Technology course with Merit. He then returned to Coventry University and graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering Design.

Anthony started his teaching career by completing a PGCE in Post-compulsory Education at Oxford Brookes while volunteering at the College to complete his teaching hours. Further industry experience was gained by working as Capital Projects and Sustainability Officer at the College, before returning to the Engineering department to teach.

"My favourite aspect of teaching is the Eureka! moment when a student suddenly clicks with a subject and the excitement that shows on their face.

Teaching at the College has allowed me to experience this at all levels, from Level 2 students grasping how to rearrange equations to Foundation Degree students understanding two-dimensional stress and strain mechanics.

Students in Engineering learn not only the fundamental skills, analysis techniques and knowledge to become successful Engineers; they learn a set of behaviours and softer skills that allow them to flourish and show their abilities."

Peter Floyd

Peter Floyd

Before arriving at Abingdon & Witney College in 2012, Peter spent 26 years working in Engineering at BMW and as a designer at another company. During his career in industry, Peter has trained and worked in many different areas within Engineering, building up a vast amount of industry knowledge.

He did a four-year apprenticeship in tool-making and machining and was then a CNC machine operator in the BMW tool room, until joining the CNC programming department. There he was a CNC Planner/Programmer, which involved planning, programming 3 and 5 axis machines, surface design, problem-solving and project managing. In his other job role, he also gained experience as a designer, creating production drawings using AutoCad.

"Engineers like to get their hands dirty, make things, solve problems and repair things! When the students come into the workshop with me, they get the chance to think outside the box and learn to do things they cannot do in the classroom environment.

They can create projects which they can then take with them to talk about with an employer when going for an interview. Many opt for an apprenticeship as it's a recognised career route into the industry, so they complete one course and return the next year as an apprentice."

Did you know?

Engineering contributes 26% of the UK’s GDP – more than that of retail, wholesale, financial, and insurance sectors combined!

RoboExpo is our annual robotics, automation and programming event, and features keynote speakers, activities and workshops from local and national employers.

The Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire has over 90 space organisations and is the largest space cluster in Europe.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) are predicted to impact 15% of UK GVA worth £266 billion to the UK economy by 2035.


It's been great having my employer support my progression and career. I did study engineering at secondary school, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I do here.

There's a good atmosphere and the equipment is fantastic. I have the freedom to get on with the work but the support is there if and when I need it.

In my opinion, it's the best thing to do; taking on an apprenticeship, going to college and getting paid for it.

I have a clear direction in mind too, as I'm thinking of studying an engineering HNC and potentially an HND after that.


I studied for my Level 3 engineering apprenticeship on-site at BMW. During that time, you get to work in different departments and figure out the career route you're interested in – I've chosen the maintenance department.

The tutors at the college really know their stuff and are helpful. You can tell they have experience working with BMW as the organisation and communication is really good, especially as we're on shift patterns.

Going forward, the HND is a potential option, because if you progress well you can look into the foundation degree.


During my time at the College, alongside my role at BMW, I have been developing my skillset and gaining more and more confidence in what I do.

The workshops and equipment allow me to work on the areas I’d like to specialise in and apply the practical experience and knowledge I learn at college back into my job.

I would say that the course is helping me get to where I am because I am constantly learning new things.

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Engineering courses

Engineering Level 1

School Leaver FFAM100P

Using our state-of-the-art facilities, you will learn a range of technical, practical and academic skills in order to prepare you for a career in the engineering industry, an apprenticeship or further study. ...

11th Sep 2023 - 5th Jul 2024

Monday to Friday


Abingdon Campus

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Engineering Level 2

School Leaver FFAU200P

"Take your first steps towards a career in the Engineering Industry with a Level 2 Engineering course. Engineering has a hand in designing nearly everything you come into contact with within your daily lives such as homes, cars, computers, mobile pho...

11th Sep 2023 - 5th Jul 2024

Monday to Friday


Abingdon Campus

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Engineering T Level

School Leaver FFAU300P

Engineering has a hand in designing nearly everything you come into contact with within your daily lives such as homes, cars, computers, mobile phones and game consoles. This course will allow you to develop an understanding of engineering discipline...

11th Sep 2023 - 27th Jun 2025

Monday to Friday


Abingdon Campus

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