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.
Young welder Hazir Kadrailja never imagined he’d get a quality apprenticeship like the one he’s recently secured with Cavendish Nuclear in Somerset.
Hazir, who is 19, will soon join the leading nuclear services company’s four-year national apprenticeship scheme in Somerset alongside two other students from his level 3 Welding course at DCG.
Hazir always knew he wanted to go into engineering so as soon as he left school he took the Performing Engineering Operations level 2 at the Roundhouse to learn the basics.
He said: “While on that course our lecturer Sean talked to us about taking the level 3 in welding and I decided to give it a go. I trusted Sean; he has lot of engineering industry experience.
“Sean told us about the apprenticeship scheme at Cavendish Nuclear and three of us on my welding course all applied for a place. He gave us advice on how to prepare for our online interview and what to expect from our assessments. It was hard as there were only 12 apprentice places but we heard later that we’d all done quite well on assessment day.”
Once qualified Hazir would like to work as a welder for a few years then perhaps go into a management role in the engineering sector.
He added: “When I was at Derby College, I considered getting an apprenticeship but never imagined I’d find one like this. I thought it would be really hard to get such a good quality one. I’d definitely recommend Derby College if you’re serious about an engineering career.
I’m the first person in my family to go into engineering and my mum and dad are so pleased about my apprenticeship.”
While on that course our lecturer Sean talked to us about taking the level 3 in welding and I decided to give it a go. I trusted Sean; he has lot of engineering industry experience.
“Sean told us about the apprenticeship scheme at Cavendish Nuclear and three of us on my welding course all applied for a place. He gave us advice on how to prepare for our online interview and what to expect from our assessments. It was hard as there were only 12 apprentice places but we heard later that we’d all done quite well on assessment day.