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.
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."