Course overview

CAD: AutoCAD 2D Advanced from Scratch (ELCAS) City of Bristol College

This a flexi-course, which you can start at any time. You will have one year to complete the course, which typically takes about 150 hours of study. On a flexi-course you can work remotely, in the college, or both – when it suits you. However, you must take the tests in the College Green Centre in Bristol.

The course is essentially our two 2D AutoCAD courses combined together, i.e.: CAD: AutoCAD 2D Essentials and CAD: AutoCAD 2D Advanced but in one course.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to competently create, edit and print 2D AutoCAD drawings efficiently; using advanced features such as Paperspace, Associative Dimensions, Blocks and Block Attributes.

You will be taught, through ‘hands-on’ AutoCAD use, with the help of an industry-experienced Autodesk-Certified Instructor.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for all those wanting to learn, from scratch, how to use AutoCAD in 2D, competently, efficiently and to an advanced level. No prior AutoCAD knowledge is needed, as this course also incorporates the knowledge found in the City &Guilds (C&G) Level 2 (7689-4) qualification (our AutoCAD 2D Essentials course).

Successful course completion achieves the nationally recognised C&G qualification – Level 3 Award in CAD – 7689-05.

Anyone can take on the course, but it is particularly useful for those who can only fund a single course, e.g. due to employers’ restrictions on funding; or need a course that starts at the beginning but gets to Level 3 in one go e.g. ELCAS funded students.

What you'll learn

From a standing start you’ll learn how to use AutoCAD in 2D, to an advanced level; making you sufficiently knowledgeable to be a useful and efficient AutoCAD 2D technical drawing producer.

To start with, you will learn various methods to create the basic drawing elements. Then once able to draw, how to annotate (add notes) and hatch your drawings.

You’ll then progress on to using layering, using text and dimension styles, creating and editing attributed blocks and learning how to use paperspace. You will also learn about things like dynamic input, grips and how to rename and purge drawings.

Course entry requirements

You do not need to have any previous CAD experience. However, you will need an enthusiasm for learning AutoCAD.

You will need a basic working understanding of English and Maths and the ability to use Windows-based computers confidently.

An interest, or background, in manufacturing / construction / engineering helps, as this software is often used in these fields – as well as many others.

Entry interview

You need to attend an interview – in person, or by phone. Phone interviews can be arranged, as necessary, call 0117 3122703 or email

If you want a college based, in-person interview, sessions are on Wednesdays, during term time, at the College Green Centre, in room 6E22H, at 16:00.

You do not need to book, just sign in at reception and allow upwards of an hour, in case it’s busy. Other times can be arranged, simply call or email as above.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

The Course is a ‘Flexi-course’ and you can work on it in the college, remotely, or a combination of both.

However, the City &Guild assessment tests, at the end of the course, must be taken in the college in the centre of Bristol (College Green Centre).

Once enrolled, you can tailor your course timing to suit your needs. The course takes around 150 study hours to complete, plus the test time. All of which must be done within a year of starting – how quickly is up to you.

If successful, you’ll receive a nationally-recognised CAD qualification (City & Guilds level 3), along with an Autodesk ATC Certificate of Completion confirming your achievement.

Future career and study opportunities

After successfully completing this course, you will be equipped with the core skills and knowledge to use AutoCAD in 2D – to effectively and efficiently produce CAD work in a variety of fields and office environments.

This is good for those wanting to be: CAD Technicians, Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Technical Drafters, Product Designers, etc., or anyone else that needs to be able to produce AutoCAD 2D drawings within their role both in, or out, of work.

Upon completing the course, you can progress onto any of our other CAD courses, e.g.: Revit, Inventor, Fusion360, Solidworks, etc.

Additional costs

There are no required additional costs for this course beyond the course fee – call/email to find out the course fee.

Enrolment on the course entitles you to download a free copy of AutoCAD, for educational purposes, from Autodesk. it is assumed you already have a suitable computer to use this on – if you can’t / don’t want to use the College’s CAD Windows computers, Mac computers can be used, simply call/email for further information.

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