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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*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

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.


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

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Lizzy Henry

Lizzy Henry

Apprentice welder Lizzy sets long-term sights on supervisor role

Former Derby College welding student Lizzy Henry is proud to be one of just 20 applicants nationally to join Doosan Babcock’s first year  apprenticeship scheme.
Around 500 people applied to become an apprentice with the leading power engineering systems business – and of the handful selected, five were from the same level 3 welding course at the College’s Ilkeston site.
Lizzy, who is 19 and from Allenton, puts this success partly down to the support and encouragement she and her fellow students received from college staff.
She said: “Sean Smith, our tutor, was really helpful when we were applying to Doosan. He told us about the apprenticeships and gave us an idea of what to expect from the interview – what questions we might be asked.”
And, she added, this help and support wasn’t confined to the course content.
“Our tutors were great. Sean didn’t just teach us about engineering. We learned life skills as well, such as how to manage money, pensions and the different roles we could aim for – things I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.”
Lizzy, who is finding her apprenticeship challenging but enjoyable, would like to see more girls training for a career in engineering.
She said: “There are four girl apprentices in my year at Doosan. That’s more than there were on my College course, which is different, but there still aren’t many girls training to be welders. It’s time that changed.
I’m from a big family and have four sisters. They’ve seen how much I like my work and have started asking about jobs in engineering.”
Lizzy’s longer-term goal is to aim aim high and work her way up from coded welder to supervisor once she’s qualified and had a few years on-site experience. 

Our tutors were great. Sean didn’t just teach us about engineering. We learned life skills as well, such as how to manage money, pensions and the different roles we could aim for – things I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.


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