This course will provide all the skills and technical knowledge required to gain access to our Foundation Degree. The course will be delivered on a day release basis, one day per week for one year. It is ideal for people who already have Level 3 qualifications in other subjects and are looking for a career change into engineering.
The course covers the primary aspects of general engineering and incorporates some of the elements contained within the specialist Electrical, Mechanical, Operations and Manufacturing BTEC study programmes. By following a general engineering study programme, you will be positioned perfectly to commence a pathway to specialism at degree level and beyond.
Local employers and universities all agree that developing a wide range of technical skills at Level 3, rather than specialising too early in your career, will set you apart as a future engineer who is far more valuable to local companies, many of which are working in the advanced technologies sector where "multi skilling" is a vital skillset to have.
We will provide you with an understanding of Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing and Operations Engineering principles at Level 3 ('A' level standard). The course will also cover Mathematics, Computer Aided Design and 3D Printing
Progression to the Foundation Degree is assured upon successful completion of this course.
You will need to have at least four GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications including Maths and English.
Assessment will be via assignments and formal examinations.
We will provide all specialist equipment and PPE to complete the course.
Candidates will be expected to provide their own scientific calculators with a two-line display (we recommend the Casio "fx" range of calculators), pens, pencils, full geometry set, ruler and A4 paper refill pad.
You can progress to the Foundation Degree in Engineering at Derby College in association with Sheffield Hallam University (two or three years study depending on the study programme).
Successful completion of the Foundation Degree leads to a final year of study at Derby College and the full BEng (Hons) accreditation.
The pathway provides access to becoming an accredited Chartered Engineer.
You could consider a Higher Apprenticeship or numerous career paths within the engineering sector.
Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.
Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.
"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."