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.
Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.
Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.
"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."