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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course is directed towards candidates who wish to gain a practical apprenticeship within the engineering industry. 

The emphasis of the course is on developing an all-round knowledge and practical base, which has been co-designed with local employers. The skills which you will learn have been specifically requested by engineering companies around the Derby area.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and to demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a career in engineering. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 3 or above
  • A grade 4 in either English or Maths


Course Content

  • Machining
  • CNC
  • Welding
  • Hand skills
  • Electronics
  • IT excellence
  • Employer project
  • Work experience
  • Tutorials


How will I be assessed?

The course uses various assessment methods, including written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests.


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to purchase various items of safety equipment (PPE) for workshop sessions. These include safety shoes, an engineering boiler suit and safety glasses. A full list of equipment will be provided in induction week.

What can I do after this course?

Successful completion of this course and the necessary GCSEs will allow you to progress into a practical apprenticeship or onto either the Transition to T level course or the Level 3 T Level in Engineering.

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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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