Railway Engineering (Track Maintenance) - Level 2 Condensed (Full-Time)

Level 2 – GCSE or BTEC or NVQ Level 2 Equivalent

Subject Area Rail Engineering

Attendance Full-Time


The government has planned £37.5 billion investment over the next five years in the rail industry. This is a condensed 5 week programme which offers a thorough grounding in Railway Engineering and will provide knowledge and practical applications to enable progression either into employment or a level 3 programme in Railway Engineering. Additionally this can be studied alongside employment

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk for more information.
Duration: 6 Weeks
Venue: The Rail Academy, Gateshead

Who the course is for

This course is designed for anyone who would like to develop their skills already working within the Rail Industry or someone who is ready to start a new career in Railway Engineering

Qualification Gained

Level 2 NVQ Track Maintenance

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

  • Railway Awareness
  • Prepare to undertake duties in the Rail Industry
  • Assist in preparing resources for permanent way activities
  • Undertake replacement of permanent way assets and components
  • Prepare small plant, measuring equipment and tools for permanent way renewal or maintenance
  • Deal with incidents and contingencies within the railway environment
  • Lift and move permanent way materials, components and equipment
  • Monitor the performance and condition of permanent way assets
  • Restore plain line track geometry to operational condition
  • Restore Rail switches and crossings to operational condition
  • Undertake routine manual maintenance of the permanent way
  • Reinstate the work site after permanent way engineering activities

Learning Methods

You will learn through:

  • Classroom and Rail practical activities
  • Workshop tasks on specific rail equipment
  • Visits to areas of vocational interest

Assessment Methods

Portfolio of written work, practical observations, simulated rail scenarios, verbal questions, presentations and paper based examinations.

Progression Opportunities

Successful students may progress onto the following:

  • Level 3 NVQ Railway Engineering if employed in a supervisory role
  • Full Time Level 3 Sub or Extended Diploma starting September
  • An approved apprenticeship programme, subject to satisfactory reference from Level 2 tutor.
  • Employment within the Rail Industry but dependent on obtaining a sponsor

Entry Requirements

Mature entry (19+), relevant work/rail experience

• Successful completion of Diagnostic/Aptitude tests
• Successful completion of Interview

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.