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Level: 6

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 3

Weeks: 36

Hours: 9.00

Start: 15/09/2021

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 0.00*

Exams (£): 5400.00**

Concessions: 21600.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a work-based apprenticeship course designed to help you become a chartered engineer. You will study two engineering courses on a day release basis at College over a three-year period. The courses will be a Foundation Degree in Integrated Engineering and a BEng (Hons) in Engineering. You should be in a relevant job role and be employed for 30+ hours a week.

As a product design and development engineer, you will be using engineering techniques to bring new products to life or redesign existing products.

The combination of your university-level courses and your job will enable you to meet a national apprenticeship standard, subject to successful completion of an end-point assessment at the end of your apprenticeship.

Successful completion will normally take three years part time.

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will seek to mitigate risks to health by applying social distancing and other government guidelines and continuing to respond to the changing public health situation through appropriate changes to our courses, services and facilities. Where official guidance or concerns for the health of students and staff demand it, we will review our approach.

  1. We will be welcoming students next academic year. We will also do all we reasonably can to meet the needs of students whose individual circumstances mean that they cannot attend any in-person teaching.
  2. The academic year will start as normal and term dates will not be changed. You are advised to be flexible in your travel plans at this stage and more advice about arrangements for the start of term will follow in July.
  3. Teaching will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods, course content and locations for delivery of teaching to achieve this. The balance of the blend will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time. Where possible, teaching by seminars, practicals and supervisions will be delivered in person, and it may be possible for teaching to smaller groups to be given on this basis. The size of the face-to-face contact groups will be determined by the capacity of rooms allocated on the timetable, and also the activity taking place within the room. If large-scale whole-class teaching in person becomes permissible, then the DCG Engineering Academy will reintroduce it as soon as possible.
  4. Research and learning facilities: it is our aim that all students who need them for their studies and research will have sufficient and suitable access to practical facilities, libraries and other facilities, subject to the restrictions of social distancing.
  5. Minimising risk: All University and College buildings will be risk assessed and managed on an ongoing basis, following government guidelines and advice. This may involve managing how we all enter and leave buildings to allow for social distancing, reducing numbers of people allowed into a building or area, appropriate cleaning regimes, altered timings of events and any other measures considered appropriate to mitigate risk of exposure to Covid-19. We will promote health and infection control measures across the rooms used by the DCG Engineering Academy, and communicate and implement changes to any of these measures resulting from local lockdown requirements as required.
  6. Support: the DCG Engineering Academy will offer you pastoral support in many forms; the University additionally provides centralised student support, including the availability of study coaches.

Entry requirements

In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as A-levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical-based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics-related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC.

The Product Design and Development Technician Apprenticeship also provides a potential preparation route for this degree.

Course Content

Course content for the Foundation Degree will include:

  • Engineering Principles
  • Engineering Maths and Science
  • Computing for Engineers
  • Business and Project Management
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Work-based Project

Course content on the degree course will include:

  • Project Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Design Evaluation Methodology
  • Final Project

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a mixture of assignment-based coursework and exams.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no further costs.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can study for a masters degree at a university.

This apprenticeship standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Further professional development and registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.

Careers

Apprentices can further their career as professional project managers within an engineering organisation.

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Jason Singh

Jason Singh

Degree apprenticeship puts Jason on right track for rail engineering career

Securing an apprenticeship with global engineering group SNC-Lavalin was the perfect route into engineering for Jason Singh.
 
Now in his final year at college, he is taking a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering on day release at  Derby College’s Roundhouse as part of the in-house scheme.
Jason said: “Being on an in-house degree apprenticeship means the experience I’m getting is more relevant and hands-on – and I don’t have the debt associated with going to university.
 
“I have some good lecturers and they’ve been supportive during lockdown when we’ve not been able to go into college.”
 
He usually studies at the Roundhouse from 8.45am to 7.15pm one day a week.
 
Jason, whose interest in engineering started back in primary school with the Lego challenge, has always been good at maths. Working in the rail industry, a lot of his role is focused on management and maintenance of rolling stock and rail systems. But he’s also been involved in the dynamics and structural side as well.
 
Since starting his apprenticeship he has assisted his employer on several large projects, including a seven-month contract to create a maintenance strategy for a rail depot in Cambridge.
 
When he’s finished his degree, Jason, now 22, is hoping to gain some international experience with SNC-Lavalin’s overseas operations.
 
He said: “I’d like to work in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or possibly in Canada, where the group is based. I’ve always wanted to travel and see other cultures and this job offers that opportunity.”

Being on an in-house degree apprenticeship means the experience I’m getting is more relevant and hands-on – and I don’t have the debt associated with going to university.


I have some good lecturers and they’ve been supportive during lockdown when we’ve not been able to go into college.

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