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.
Shy student engineer Pete "grew" to enjoy distinguished police career. Retired police officer Pete Szabo was "painfully shy" and not "particularly bookish" as a young man...yet he went on to hold some of the most senior positions in the Derbyshire force.
And, looking back, he credits his early training in an entirely different field at Derby College with broadening his skills, as he "grew" to pass his police training course with the second highest mark. When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper.
While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits. And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police.
Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands.
He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.
For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.
It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.