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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 6.00

Start: 14/09/2021

Days / Times:

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement.

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering (603/0829/1)* has been developed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills needed within the engineering industry, which covers a wide range of exciting and rapidly developing areas such as renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, automotive, agri-food and bioscience.

Students will have the chance to learn in our Engineering Academy with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

This course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Roundhouse one day a week.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in the engineering industry.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

You will need to complete three mandatory units:

  • Exploring engineering sectors and design applications – get to know the industry sectors and how they work together to solve real-life problems

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • Investigating an engineering project – explore the types of materials, components and processes used to make products, then reproduce and test a product

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • Responding to an engineering brief – provide solutions to real-life problems by creating your own engineered product

Weighting: 40% of the course

Assessment: Externally assessed task

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and externally assessed tasks.

All three units must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students must wear steel toe-cap boots and safety overalls (purchased through Derby College Group) in the workshop. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications achieved, students may wish to progress to:

  • The Level 2 qualification in Performing Engineering Operations
  • The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • A-levels

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available to you.

Careers

Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Junior CAD technician
  • Trainee manufacturing systems engineer
  • Engineering maintenance technician
  • Director of manufacturing

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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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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