The Performing Engineering Operations NVQ 2 in Manufacturing programme involves a number of mandatory units plus additional units and endorsements in computer aided engineering.
Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications (D or above at GCSE level) 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.
Additional Mechanical Units Route:
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.
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 3 in your chosen discipline, to an apprenticeship or to other appropriate educational courses such as BTEC (dependent on entry requirements).
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."