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 full-time BTEC Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering has been designed to support school leavers 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 by adults.
Prior achievement of the following GCSEs and grades is necessary:
For school leavers - and adults wishing for career advancement or change - prior achievement of an Engineering qualification at Level 2, or relevant work experience, can be considered.
To achieve the BTEC Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, students must complete three mandatory units and up to six 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, you can progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.
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.
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."