The city of Derby and the surrounding area is world renowned for its engineering and manufacturing industry and is populated with world leading employers and their high quality supply chains.
The engineering sector is also still growing at a considerable rate, particularly with the development of new technologies which in turn has led to skill shortages and demand for high performing engineers.
Using the latest suite of qualifications, the one-year part time BTEC Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering has been designed to support adults who wish to further their development as engineers, leading to a highly rewarding and well paid career in this sector. The course can also be taken as part of a career enhancement route.
Prior achievement of the following GCSEs and grades is necessary:
For adults wishing for career advancement or change, prior achievement of an Engineering qualification at Level 2, or relevant work experience, will be required. Alternatively, they will need evidence of study of related vocational qualifications at Levels 2/3.
To achieve the BTEC Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, students must complete three mandatory units, and at least two optional units. The mandatory units are:
Optional units available include:
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:
In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, specific PPE may need to be purchased for selected activities.
On successful achievement of the Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - and if you meet the relevant university entry criteria - you could progress to a full-time course in Higher Education (such as a Foundation Degree or HNC/D.)
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in Engineering or career as an engineering technician would be possible: this qualification can be used as credits/evidence towards the apprenticeship knowledge elements.
Welding apprentice Ashley Peppiatt always knew he liked making things but didn’t appreciate just how much until he spent time restoring his motorbike.
At the time Ashley was a self-employed graphic designer, but working outside and being hands-on, made him re-think his future.
Now 29, he is one of five former Derby College level 3 welding students selected for a national welding apprenticeship with leading power engineering systems business Doosan Babcock.
He said: “I was fed up with being stuck in front of a computer all day and wanted to do something more hands-on. Around that time, I got a motorbike – a Honda CG 125 – which kept breaking down. Me and my dad, who is a plater, got to work on repairing it and while doing that I got to know every single inch of the bike. I found I was loving using my hands and getting to grips with using different tools.”
Through a local apprenticeship, Ashley joined the level 2 engineering course at Derby College but moved on to level 3 welding after learning it could open doors to training with a top national firm.
He said: “I love my Doosan apprenticeship. The best part about it is that I’m learning a skill. It makes me feel useful, and it’s something I’ll have that will always be in demand. I don’t mind living away from home and I’m pleased to be earning money while also gaining great experience. High integrity welders can command decent money too. While we’re still training in the welding school, we’re paid apprentice rates, but according to the second-year apprentices, that will change when we go out on site. When we get to that point, we’ll be earning nearly as much as the experienced welders.”
Ashley, who wants to work on-site at a nuclear power station, said he’s grateful to his Derby College tutors for their support and glad that he decided to specialise and switch to level 3 welding.
I love my Doosan apprenticeship. The best part about it is that I’m learning a skill. It makes me feel useful, and it’s something I’ll have that will always be in demand. I don’t mind living away from home and I’m pleased to be earning money while also gaining great experience. High integrity welders can command decent money too. While we’re still training in the welding school, we’re paid apprentice rates, but according to the second-year apprentices, that will change when we go out on site. When we get to that point, we’ll be earning nearly as much as the experienced welders.