Delivered in Years 10 and 11, this qualification has been developed by BTEC (the awarding body) for candidates wishing to gain some understanding and practical experience of the variety of engineering disciplines.
The qualification has three units covering different types of projects.
You should have an interest in engineering and you will need to undertake an interview and aptitude test.
The course gives learners the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised Level 1 or Level 2 Engineering qualification. It covers:
To gain this qualification, learners must successfully complete the following unit assessments:
You will need safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots. (NB The overalls must be purchased through Derby College).
Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress to the:
Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the Engineering industry, including junior CAD technician, trainee manufacturing systems engineer, engineering maintenance technician and director of manufacring.
(This qualification is on the Department of Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).
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."