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What career opportunities can this lead to?

On successful completion of this course, you may study the City and Guilds 7579 qualification in Computer Aided Design which extends to Level 3. This is offered at Eastleigh College and commences on completion of the Introduction to AutoCAD qualification.

A career in Engineering could take you to a vast range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, food and drink, marine, medical, IT, construction, nuclear, or even space. There are opportunities to work as a mechanical, electrical or chemical engineer in most industries, where you could focus on the research and design elements or take a more hands-on approach with manufacturing and maintenance.  

What are the entry requirements?

Due to the nature of delivery and range of subjects covered, all students will be required to complete an application form and enrol prior to the start of the course.

What does this programme involve?

The course involves the delivery of theory lessons in a classroom learning environment at Eastleigh College and is delivered by a specialist from within the Computer Aided Design industry, using the very latest AutoCAD package/software and peripheral devices. The course involves completion of a series of basic drawings, but equally learners are encouraged to dapple and create drawings of their own free choice.

This is a short introduction course, lasting for twelve weeks and will lead to a College certificate of attendance upon successful completion.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The course has been split into twelve separate sessions; each session with a specific focus. Sessions are delivered in our IT suite and include the following topics (list below not exhaustive): -

History and background of AutoCAD and Computer Aided Design
Use of the co-ordinate system (UCS / Polar / Cartesian)
Setting of parameters; units, limits, grid and mouse click functionality
Reference points and datums (baseline)
Creation of lines, circles, arcs, rectangles, ellipses and text, etc
Modifying parameters, settings, lines (including line types)
Use of layers, hatching, line
Inserting/creating symbols/blocks
Use of scale (1/1, 2/1, 4/1, 10/1, etc)
Dimensioning and dimensioning techniques
The Future - 3D solid modelling, prototyping, CAD/CAM integration.

What else do I need to know?

This is an introduction based training course designed to introduce the world of AutoCAD (Computer Aided Design). It is a perfect course for new starters wishing to get to grips with AutoCAD, but can equally serve as a basis for anyone with limited experience of AutoCAD to extend their knowledge or provide a refresher for those with out of touch with AutoCAD. The syllabus covers a diverse introduction to AutoCAD, including history, background through to practical usage and provides exposure into the latest technological innovations including 2D, 3D, and Rapid Prototyping/Solid Modelling technologies.

Pens, stationary, ring binder and lined paper.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
AUCAA Eastleigh College 10/9/2018 Mon 18:00 – 20:00 12 £252.00 £252.00
AUCAB Eastleigh College 7/1/2019 Mon 18:00 – 20:00 12 £252.00 £252.00

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

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If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1299.

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Jordon, Engineering

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Jordon, Engineering

Jordon studied Engineering at College, and is now a qualified Electro-technical Officer for Holland America Line.


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