Delivered in Years 10 and 11, this qualification has been developed by BTEC (the awarding body) for candidates wishing to gain some understanding and practical experience of the variety of engineering disciplines.
The qualification has three units covering different types of projects.
You should have an interest in engineering and you will need to undertake an interview and aptitude test.
The course gives learners the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised Level 1 or Level 2 Engineering qualification. It covers:
To gain this qualification, learners must successfully complete the following unit assessments:
You will need safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots. (NB: overalls must be purchased through Derby College).
Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress to the:
Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the engineering industry, including junior CAD technician, trainee manufacturing systems engineer, engineering maintenance technician and director of manufacturing.
(This qualification is on the Department of Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).
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.