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Level 2 Rail Engineering

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course will provide learners with the technical skills and underpinning knowledge to carry out rail track maintenance in a safe and industry relevant way.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will take eight weeks to complete and takes place on the following start dates:

  • Monday 3rd June 2024

You will attend College Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.

This course will take place at our Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

The following qualifications are delivered over the first six weeks of the course:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance
  • Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge

Learners will then complete two weeks of Critical Safety training, giving the opportunity to achieve employable tickets/licences components including:

  • Personal Track Safety (PTS)
  • Track Induction Course (TIC)
  • DCCR
  • OLEC1
  • Small tools training
  • A Network Rail Approved medical and Drug/alcohol test
  • A Network rail approved PPE

How is it assessed?

You will need to complete a portfolio of written work as well as be observed showing practical skills when working on rail track, which will include physically challenging activities in various weather conditions.

You will also need to pass written and practical examinations to achieve some of the licences covered within the Critical Safety Training.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

No previous qualifications are required. However, learners must be physically fit and healthy to undertake manual labour.

Learners must not have any substance abuse issues as this will be flagged on the drug and alcohol test which is required as part of the course. Failure of this test will lead to a learner being withdrawn from the course and issued a 5-year ban from the rail industry in line with industry protocol.

What are the course fees?

You may be eligible for funding depending on your personal circumstances and subject to a fee assessment during the enrolment process.

To be eligible for a funded course you must be:

  • In receipt of Universal Credit or earning less than £19,305 per year
  • Aged 19 or over on 30th August 2023
    (those aged 19-23 must have a full Level 2 qualification or equivalent)
  • A resident of Liverpool City Region

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

After successful completion of the full course, you will have the opportunity to gain primary sponsorship from an employing agency to allow you to work in the rail industry. Partner employers include Vital/Morson, McGinley and ISS Labour.

All learners who complete the course will be sponsored by a reputable rail employer who will offer them employment.

Are you ready to apply?

Are you

ready to apply?

If you would like to apply for this course or receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Alternatively, you can contact our Course Enquiries Team by calling
0800 99 66 99 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note, we have taken our utmost care to describe and show course information as accurately as possible. St Helens College reserves the right to amend, remove and add courses in the future. This information cannot be considered contractual and advertised course fees are subject to change.

Ref: Course Enquiries



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