This course will provide all the skills and technical knowledge required to gain access to our Foundation Degree. It is split into two parts: academic study will be provided over one half of the week and enrichment activities, work experience, self-study programmes, site tours and enterprise activities will be provided over the second half.
In the first year you will complete the Level 2 BTEC National Certificate in Engineering and in the second year you will then top this qualification up to the full Level 3 BTEC (180 credit) Extended Diploma in Engineering.
This pathway enables all learners to progress easily to advanced apprenticeships after the first year if employment is found at that point in time.
You will be provided with the opportunity to work and study abroad in Europe during the course. This will include a course in Advanced Robotics at the Osnabruk Technical College in Germany during your second year of study.
The course is ideal for people who are looking at a career in engineering but who have not yet identified a specialism they wish to pursue at degree level.
The course covers all the primary aspects of general engineering and incorporates 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, by developing a wide range of technical skills at Level 3 rather than specialising too early in their career, future engineers are 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.
One of our six groups will be the EPM Academy. Learners with high GCSE grades will be given the opportunity to join the EPM Academy in Engineering. Successful enrolment in the Academy will be subject to an interview and aptitude test.
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 advance to the Foundation Degree in Engineering at Derby College in association with Sheffield Hallam University (two or three years study depending on the 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 can consider a Higher Apprenticeship and numerous careers within the engineering sector.
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."