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.
Shy student engineer Pete "grew" to enjoy distinguished police career. Retired police officer Pete Szabo was "painfully shy" and not "particularly bookish" as a young man...yet he went on to hold some of the most senior positions in the Derbyshire force.
And, looking back, he credits his early training in an entirely different field at Derby College with broadening his skills, as he "grew" to pass his police training course with the second highest mark. When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper.
While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits. And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police.
Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands.
He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.
For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.
It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.