Introduction to the Rail Industry - Level 2 (Full-Time)

Level 2 – GCSE or BTEC or NVQ Level 2 Equivalent

Subject Area Rail Engineering

Attendance Full-Time


Are you interested in rail engineering? Do you have what it takes to work in one of the the UK's fastest growing industries? 

This Introduction to the Rail Industry course includes everything you need to know when starting your journey in the rail industry, such as employment rights and communication in the workplace.

You will study at Newcastle College's Rail and Civil Engineering Academy, where you will learn in a real working environment. This industry standard facility features rail track bays, signalling and telecommunications equipment, OLE (Overhead Line Electrification) equipment and essential track maintenance tools.

Students studying Introduction to the Rail Industry benefit from work experience opportunities with employers such as Network Rail , Nexus and Ganymede Solutions.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: The Rail Academy, Gateshead

Who the course is for

This level 2 rail engineering course is designed for people who would like to develop their skills for a career in Railway Engineering

Qualification Gained

On successful completion of this course you will gain an Level 2 EAL Certificate in Rail Engineering.

We need a skilled workforce of the future that can help us to achieve a transport system that can support economic prosperity. Centres of excellence such as that Rail Academy and its students who feed directly in to the Transport skills talent pipeline play a pivotal role within the transport skills landscape.

Transport for the North

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

  • Health and safety
  • Employment rights and business structure
  • Communication in the workplace
  • Engineering science
  • Materials
  • Technical design
  • Railway maintenance

Learning Methods

You will learn through:

  • Classroom and Rail practical activities
  • Laboratory, workshop on specific rail equipment
  • Visits to areas of vocational interest and regional employers


Assessment Methods

 Written report writing, practical observations, simulated rail scenarios, experiments, verbal questions and multiple choice online examination.

Progression Opportunities

Careers within rail are diverse, possible employment opportunities include track operative, technician, OLE linesman, signalling installer, Planning and Resourcing as well as numerous other avenues within the rail industry.

Our partnerships with industry also give you opportunities to apply for apprenticeships with key employers.

The government has planned £37.5 billion investment over the next five years in the rail industry. This 1 year programme 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.

Successful students may progress onto Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies (Rail), undertaken at the academy or another engineering related level 3 course. Other possible opportunities may include approved apprenticeship programmes, subject to satisfactory reference from a Level 2 tutor.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE’s at A*- D: Maths and English must be included or mature entry
  • 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 or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.