Engineering Computer Aided Design (PLA)

L2 Level 2
Part Time
31 October 2022 — 23 January 2023
International Centre for Aerospace
PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to - For a full list of PLA courses go to

About this course

The course is designed to get you up and running with AutoCAD by teaching you the basic tools, techniques and commands to complete 2D computer drawn graphics and technical illustrations used in engineering, design and manufacturing.
This unit will equip candidates with the basic understanding and principles of 2D drawing environment, in terms of hardware, software and physical surroundings. It will explore the typical composition of a CAD system and health and safety matters that are associated with safe working practices.

This FREE course is only available to adults that are eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). Personal Learning Accounts, funded by the Welsh Government, are available to employed adults living in Wales that wish to develop skills to progress or change career. 
Find out if you're eligible today.

What you will study

On this course you will learn how to:

  1. Be able to use a CAD workstation safely
  2. Be able to use key components in 2D CAD software
  3. Be able to create lines and shapes relative to a co-ordinate system
  4. Be able to use text, hatch and simple dimensioning routines
  5. Be able to modify existing drawings
  6. Be able to output a 2D drawing layout

Course fee per year

Course Fee: £0.00

Entry requirements

This programme has been designed to give candidates an overview of basic Computer Aided Design tools and software. A background in Design and Engineering would be desirable, as well as access to a PC/Laptop with sufficient storage to download AutoCAD 2020+. Candidates will be committed, motivated and have a successful interview.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
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  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

31 October 2022

End date

23 January 2023

Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

6 hours per week


International Centre for Aerospace
Maps & directions
PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to - For a full list of PLA courses go to

Course code



City & Guilds Level 2 Award In 2D Computer Aided Design



Career prospects & further study

After completion of this course you can progress on to 3D Computer Aided Design - Aerospace Engineering (PLA).

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International Centre for Aerospace
International Centre for Aerospace

International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT),
Cardiff Airport Business Park,
Vale of Glamorgan,
CF62 3DP