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: 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 manufacturing.
(This qualification is on the Department of Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).
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."