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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 8583.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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 students to progress easily to advanced apprenticeships after the first year if they find employment 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 vital.

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.

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least four GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications including Maths and English.

Students 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.

Course Content

  • Maths for Technicians
  • Further Maths for Engineers
  • Health and Safety
  • Electrical Principles
  • Mechanical Principles
  • CAD
  • CAM
  • 3D Printing
  • Materials Science
  • Measurement and Inspection Techniques
  • Secondary Processes and Controls
  • Welding Principles
  • Electrical Installation
  • Communications for Engineers
  • Engineering Project

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be via assignments and formal examinations.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
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.


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Hitomi Furguson

Hitomi Furguson

Engineering is a building block for Hitomi’s future

Teenager Hitomi Ferguson is following in her father’s footsteps as she gains crucial engineering skills through Derby College.
The 18-year-old from Ilkeston is working on Derby College’s Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2 course at the Roundhouse –  having previously completed a course in engineering and technology at the Ilkeston site.
She particularly loves the hands on work of welding, and In the long term hopes to gain an apprenticeship as the building block to her future career.
Hitomi was brought up in Sweden and only came to Derbyshire at GCSE age when her dad’s Rolls-Royce engineering job brought him to the UK.

The Roundhouse is brilliant – it has everything you need. In the long term I’m hoping to get onto an apprenticeship which hopefully could lead to the start of a good career.
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