This course will provide all the skills and technical knowledge required to gain access to our Foundation Degree. The course will be delivered on a day release basis, one day per week for one year. It is ideal for people who already have Level 3 qualifications in other subjects and are looking for a career change into engineering.
The course covers the primary aspects of general engineering and incorporates some of the elements contained within the specialist Electrical, Mechanical, Operations and Manufacturing BTEC study programmes. By following a general engineering study programme, you will be positioned perfectly to commence a pathway to specialism at degree level and beyond.
Local employers and universities all agree that developing a wide range of technical skills at Level 3, rather than specialising too early in your career, will set you apart as a future engineer who is far more valuable to local companies, many of which are working in the advanced technologies sector where "multi skilling" is vital.
We will provide you with an understanding of Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing and Operations Engineering principles at Level 3 (A-level standard). The course will also cover Mathematics, Computer Aided Design and 3D Printing.
Progression to the Foundation Degree is assured upon successful completion of this course.
You will need to have at least four GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications including Maths and English.
Assessment will be via assignments and formal examinations.
We will provide all specialist equipment and PPE to complete the course.
Candidates will be expected to provide their own scientific calculators with a two-line display (we recommend the Casio "fx" range of calculators), pens, pencils, full geometry set, ruler and A4 paper refill pad.
You can progress to the Foundation Degree in Engineering at Derby College, run in association with Sheffield Hallam University (two or three years of study depending on the study programme).
Successful completion of the Foundation Degree leads to a final year of study at Derby College and the full BEng (Hons) accreditation.
The pathway also provides access to becoming an accredited Chartered Engineer.
You could consider a Higher Apprenticeship or numerous career paths within the engineering sector.
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.