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 Foundation Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering has been designed to support school leavers and adults 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.
Prior achievement of the following GCSEs and grades is necessary:
For adults wishing for career advancement or change, prior achievement of an Engineering qualification at Level 2, or relevant work experience, will be required. Alternatively, they will need evidence of study of related vocational qualifications at Levels 2/3.
To achieve the BTEC Foundation Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, students must complete one mandatory unit, and at least two optional units. The mandatory unit is:
Optional units available include:
Opportunity also exists on this study programme to develop students' practical skills.
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 Foundation Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, you could progress to a BTEC Award/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.
Shy student engineer Pete "grew" to enjoy distinguished police career. Retired police officer Pete Szabo was "painfully shy" and not "particularly bookish" as a young man...yet he went on to hold some of the most senior positions in the Derbyshire force. And, looking back, he credits his early training in an entirely different field at Derby College with broadening his skills, as he "grew" to pass his police training course with the second highest mark.
When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper. While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits.
And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police. Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands. He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.
For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.
It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.