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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Diploma in Engineering Technology Level 2 is designed as a progression route to a Level 3 Engineering Diploma.

This course would suit students who have gained skills in an engineering environment and already have core knowledge of the discipline.


Entry requirements

You need GCSE at grade D or above.

You can also progress from PEO or other practical related courses at Level 2.


Course Content

This course is part of a study programme which can also consist of English and Maths if required. It includes a tutorial and self study.

The Engineering subjects may vary depending on your existing skills and knowledge. You will take six units in total from the following:

  • Engineering Environmental Awareness  
  • Engineering Techniques
  • Engineering Maths and Science Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Manual Turning Techniques
  • Manual Milling Techniques
  • Understanding CAD
  • Fabrication and Welding Principles
  • Manual Welding Techniques

How will I be assessed?

This qualification is graded at Pass-Merit-Distinction. The mandatory units include an online external exam. The optional units are also graded and have practical assessments which count towards the end grade.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Derby College uniform is required. You will need overalls, boots and technical drawing equipment.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can advance to the Diploma in Engineering Technologies Level 3.  


This qualification forms part of many new apprenticeship schemes and can accelerate your career progression within engineering industries.   



This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Pete Szabo

Pete Szabo

Shy student engineer Pete “grew” to enjoy distinguished police career

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.

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