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 Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations has been designed to support your development as an engineer, leading to a highly rewarding and well paid career in this sector. It also gives you the option to study and resit either GCSE English or Maths as part of your College timetable to achieve the grade 4 expected by industry.
This pathway is also available to applicants who have already achieved both GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or higher who want to pursue a more practically based qualification.
The entry requirements for this course include a strong interest in engineering, along with the following GCSEs and grades:
The units chosen as part of this course have been designed for you to experience a broad range of engineering specialisms. This will support your decision on which future pathway you may wish to follow. The units include:
Without the need for GCSE resits in English and Maths, the following units will be delivered instead:
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including:
In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, a College uniform and specific PPE will need to be purchased for selected activities.
On successful achievement of the Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, and with the appropriate GCSE grades in Maths and English, you could progress to the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering as a full-time option.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in Engineering would be possible - where this qualification can be used as credits/evidence towards the apprenticeship knowledge elements.
At the age of 16, Grace Draper decided to apply for an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce rather than go on to do A-levels. She’s not looked back since.
She has excelled while gaining on-the-job experience with the company and during her training at Derby College, where she has achieved Distinction standards. Now she is set to take her qualifications further with a foundation degree at the College, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.
Such has been Grace’s success that she was highly commended in the Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship category of our 2014 Peak Awards. Judges described her as a ‘model learner’ and praised her collaborative work on projects, where she demonstrated the team skills and personal attributes which are vital in today’s engineering industry.
An apprenticeship at Rolls- Royce is the best of both worlds. We get to work in all sorts of areas of the company, earning while we’re learning. Having completed my first two years of the apprenticeship, I’m looking forward to starting the foundation degree.