The qualification you will be working towards is the EAL Introduction to Engineering. You will gain an initial understanding of engineering principles which will enable your progression to a Level 2 programme and above. This course is designed for school leavers who will develop practical skills.
You will also develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications and practical aptitude following a successful interview and initial assessment. Parents, guardians or carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.
The course is primarily practical and focuses on the development of foundation knowledge skills. A high proportion of the programme will be spent developing maths and English skills to enable learning.
Units consist of:
Internal and external assessments will take place. In addition, a portfolio of evidence is collected to demonstrate your competence and knowledge.
You need overalls and boots for workshop activity. Learners may be expected to purchase Academy uniforms (supplied internally).
You can progress to the NVQ Level 2 in your chosen discipline, an intermediate apprenticeship, the Performing Engineering Operations programme at Level 2 or other appropriate educational courses dependent on the entry criteria.
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."