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 Extended Diploma top-up in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering has been designed to further support your development as an engineer, leading to a highly rewarding and well paid career in this sector. It also offers a seamless transition of credits into an engineering apprenticeship.
Prior achievement of the BTEC Level 3 Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at grade M is mandatory for this course, along with the following GCSEs and grades:
In addition to the nine units achieved as part of the BTEC Level 3 Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, this Level 3 Extended Diploma consists of the following additional units:
You will be assessed using 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 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - and if you meet the relevant university entry criteria - you could progress to a full-time Engineering course in Higher Education (eg a Foundation Degree or BEng).
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in Engineering would be possible: 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.