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.
Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader.
He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.
He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.
"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.
"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."