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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

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Course Summary

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 advanced engineering resources, the one-year Level 1 Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing has been designed for school leavers to support their development as engineers, enabling them to progress to recognised vocational qualifications relevant to the sector. A key part of the course is the development of English and Mathematics to GCSE level.

Entry requirements

Achievement of the following GCSE grades are the minimum entry requirements for the course:

  • English 2
  • Maths 2
  • Science 2

Course Content

The course will focus on GCSE resits in English and Mathematics. 

The following Engineering topics will be covered on the course:

  • Electronics
  • Handfitting
  • Welding
  • Fluid Power
  • Machining
  • Science

The completion of the Engineering components will lead to the award of a College certificate.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Written assignments
  • Practical assessments
  • Presentations
  • Project work
  • Examination - English and Maths

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, specific PPE may need to be purchased for selected activities.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

On successful achievement of the Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing, you could progress to a Level 2 Engineering course at the College.


Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in Engineering may be possible.



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Jack O’Connor

Jack	O’Connor

Engineering NVQ powers R-R manager’s career

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."



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