You will gain a solid skills base in one of two branches of engineering - Mechanical or Fabrication and Welding. The course equips you with the abilities you need to make a valuable contribution at work and to take your career forward.
On both pathways, you will be required to complete mandatory units plus additional units and Functional Skills. You will also need to complete a Technical Certificate (Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology).
GCSE grades D or above are expected in Maths and English. You will also undertake a College interview and assessment.
On both pathways, learners must complete three mandatory units:
You will also complete the Technical Certificate (Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology) and study Functional Skills in Maths and English.
You are required to complete a log sheet for practical work, which is assessed and compiled into a portfolio. The Technical Certificate will require a final online test. Course assessments include both practical and written tests.
If you are over 19 years of age, employer contributions will be required towards your training. You will also need safety equipment such as overalls and boots.
You can progress to the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering, taking the Fabrication and Welding or Mechanical pathways.
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."