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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You can specialise in either Mechanical Engineering or Fabrication and Welding on this apprenticeship. It combines employment with training: you will gain practical skills and business improvement techniques in the workplace, supported by study at the College.  

Entry requirements

For a Level 3 qualification, you will need to have completed the Level 2 NVQ and Technical Certificate programme. You will require an interview before enrolment on this course. In addition to having Level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications, you will need to be well motivated and self-disciplined. 

Course Content

The programme consists of an NVQ Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering or Fabrication and Welding in the workplace, plus a Technical Certificate at College. You will also need to complete Functional Skills in ICT. 
The course content will be determined by the specific NVQ and Technical Certificate you are taking. 

How will I be assessed?

Internal assessments take the form of practical and knowledge exercises and there is one external multi-choice exam for the Technical Certificate. The NVQ3 is assessed at the workplace, with no formal exam but underpinning questions.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

If you are over 19 years of age, employer contributions towards your training will be required. You will also need safety equipment – overalls and boots – in line with College requirements. 

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
The progression route is through a HNC or a Foundation Degree in your chosen area. We offer a route through a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma which provides you with the necessary level of maths and science for academic progression. 
 
Careers 
With this qualification, you can take on more responsibility and potentially move into supervisory positions at work, whether you are specialising in a mechanical, manufacturing or fabrication and welding role. 

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Jack O’Connor

Jack	O’Connor

Engineering NVQ powers R-R manager’s career

Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader. He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.

He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.


"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.


"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."


 

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