York College

Who is this course aimed at?

Anyone wishing to learn how to use industry-standard 3D CAD software. It would suit, for example those who already have some experience of 3D CAD and who want to gain a qualification; someone already working in e.g.an engineering environment who wants to change roles in the company; someone wanting to learn how to use 3D CAD as a design tool or those who are looking at a new career.

Overview of the course

The Level 1 Award is an introductory course in 3D Computer Aided Design.

Using Solidworks software, you will develop your skills in practical sessions and learn some of the theory behind 3D computer aided design.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for complete beginners to CAD, although experience with using a PC would be a definite bonus: basic file management techniques etc. No previous experience of SolidWorks or other CAD software is required (but may be a bonus)

Dates and Times

The 2021/22 academic year start dates are being finalised, applications/pre-enrolments for this course will open around May, please check our website around this time and apply/pre-enrol online. If you have any questions in the meantime please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Length

18 weeks.

Teaching Method(s)

The course is taught in one of our CAD computer suites and is mainly a “hands on” experience. There is a small amount of background theory to learn, but mostly the lessons will be a series of demonstrations followed by you using the software to complete a series of exercises. The tutor is on hand to assist and answer any questions.


There are 2 practical assessments taking approximately 3 hrs each, and a simple, short written test.

The course is graded at Pass/Merit/Distinction.


£150 - £390

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs, other than for printing your work, which will be no more than £1.00.


The class is taught in a modern, well equipped CAD suite with current, industry-standard software.

Skills you will develop

You will develop a basic understanding associated with IT, CAD hardware and operating systems, and basic file management techniques, as well as giving a basic understanding of the parametric modelling process (3D) and its user interface.

You will be able to use a range of commands to create and constrain sketches, produce extruded and revolved features, placed features to modify parametric models, and methods to create assemblies.

Course progression

There is a natural progression to the Level 2 Award and the Level 3 Certificate for those wishing to progress.

Career progression

This course will develop your skills at 3D CAD, and can help you in any design-related job in manufacturing, or engineering, for example.

About the course tutors

Mike Hume has successfully completed 4 recognised courses in SolidWorks, starting in 2009. He has been teaching SolidWorks across a number of Level 2 and Level 3 engineering courses at York College as well as A Level Product Design, supporting the students with a wide range of individual and unique projects. He has a passion for the subject and is constantly improving his knowledge and experience and has over 15 years’ experience in this field.


Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

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