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Rail Track Engineering

The Rail Academy is built up of two qualifications which come together to provide learners with the necessary skills to be able to carry out track maintenance within the rail sector.

– Rail Engineering Track Maintenance – this qualification involves the skills and knowledge needed for working in railway engineering track maintenance. NVQs are based on national occupational standards, which the learner must meet to be competent in a particular task. The achievement of NVQs will develop their skills and potential within the railway engineering track maintenance field.
– Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge – this qualifications purpose is to provide candidates with sufficient knowledge, understanding and practical skills to introduce them to the industry and prepare them to undertake the NVQ.

Some of the top areas covered are Railway Civil Engineering, Track Engineering, Track Engineering Maintenance, Railway infrastructure – Overhead Line Equipment Construction, Railway infrastructure – Function and characteristics of railway signalling systems and Railway signalling systems testing and maintenance.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Course Type
Adult Part-Time
James Watt College
Next Start Date

Entry Requirements

An initial assessment will be required: Maths – Level 1 and English – Level 1

Delivery and Assessment

Currently the delivery of this course is being reviewed with a plan to roll out a new study model. Our website will be updated soon.


On successful completion of the course, learners will be put forward for a network rail approved medical and a drugs and alcohol screening as part of registering for their Sentinel/PTS card
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our college buildings are closed to students and apprentices until further notice. All learning is online. Applications can still be made online.
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