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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 1
  • Maths 1

Course Content

The course will focus on developing students' skills in English and Mathematics as well as study skills.

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 1 Engineering course at the College.


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

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Hitomi Furguson

Hitomi Furguson

Engineering is a building block for Hitomi’s future

Teenager Hitomi Ferguson is following in her father’s footsteps as she gains crucial engineering skills through Derby College.
The 18-year-old from Ilkeston is working on Derby College’s Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2 course at the Roundhouse –  having previously completed a course in engineering and technology at the Ilkeston site.
She particularly loves the hands on work of welding, and In the long term hopes to gain an apprenticeship as the building block to her future career.
Hitomi was brought up in Sweden and only came to Derbyshire at GCSE age when her dad’s Rolls-Royce engineering job brought him to the UK.

The Roundhouse is brilliant – it has everything you need. In the long term I’m hoping to get onto an apprenticeship which hopefully could lead to the start of a good career.


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