This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement.
The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering (603/0829/1)* has been developed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills needed within the engineering industry, which covers a wide range of exciting and rapidly developing areas such as renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, automotive, agri-food and bioscience.
Students will have the chance to learn in our Engineering Academy with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
This course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Roundhouse one day a week.
*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables
There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in the engineering industry.
You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.
You will need to complete three mandatory units:
Weighting: 30% of the course
Weighting: 30% of the course
Weighting: 40% of the course
Assessment: Externally assessed task
Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and externally assessed tasks.
All three units must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.
Students must wear steel toe-cap boots and safety overalls (purchased through Derby College Group) in the workshop. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.
Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications achieved, students may wish to progress to:
You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available to you.
Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:
For more information, email the 14-16 team at email@example.com
Leaving home to take up an apprenticeship with a leading power engineering company is working out well for former Derby College level 3 welding student Effy Barabu.
Effy, who is 18 and from Derby, is now a welding apprentice at Doosan Babcock alongside four of his former fellow level 3 students from the College’s Ilkeston site.
He said: “To be taken on as an apprentice, we had to go to Doosan’s welding school in Tipton for trade tests. It was quite stressful – I was up at 5 o’clock in the morning to get there for 8am. All five of us passed and we’re now on an apprenticeship scheme with Doosan. It’s great. We’re training to be high integrity welders. It’s a skilled job and pays very well.”
His apprenticeship means having to live away from home – but Effy doesn’t mind – the new opportunity has broadened his horizons.
And all five former Ilkeston students were already good friends before they were accepted onto Doosan’s scheme so they’re happy to train and spend time together.
Effy added: “After my apprenticeship, I don’t mind where I go to work. I used to think I wanted to stay near home but that’s changed now. I’d happily go to London or Scotland – or even abroad. I’d tell people on my old course that you have to work hard and be prepared to make sacrifices, like staying away from home. But I’d say it’s all worth it. It’s all good. I’d definitely recommend taking an engineering course at Derby College – 100%!”
After my apprenticeship, I don’t mind where I go to work. I used to think I wanted to stay near home but that’s changed now. I’d happily go to London or Scotland – or even abroad. I’d tell people on my old course that you have to work hard and be prepared to make sacrifices, like staying away from home. But I’d say it’s all worth it. It’s all good. I’d definitely recommend taking an engineering course at Derby College – 100%!