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 Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations has been designed to support your development as an engineer, leading to a highly rewarding and well paid career in this sector. It also gives you the option to study and resit either GCSE English or Maths as part of your College timetable to achieve the grade 4 expected by industry.
This pathway is also available to applicants who have already achieved both GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or higher who want to pursue a more practically based qualification.
The entry requirements for this course include a strong interest in engineering, along with the following GCSEs and grades:
The units chosen as part of this course have been designed for you to experience a broad range of engineering specialisms. This will support your decision on which future pathway you may wish to follow. The units include:
Without the need for GCSE resits in English and Maths, the following units will be delivered instead:
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including:
In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, a College uniform and specific PPE will need to be purchased for selected activities.
On successful achievement of the Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, and with the appropriate GCSE grades in Maths and English, you could progress to the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering as a full-time option.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in Engineering would be possible - where this qualification can be used as credits/evidence towards the apprenticeship knowledge elements.
Taking an engineering course at Derby College Group marked the beginning of a whole new voyage of discovery for naval engineer Declan Clarke-Hancock. After leaving Littleover Community School, Declan enrolled on the full-time performing engineering operations level 2 course at The Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college. Now aged 25, he is a third electro-technical officer (ETO) on the cruise ship Sapphire Princess and is seeing the world while doing an engineering job he loves. Getting to where he is now hasn’t always been plain sailing though. The Derbyshire firm where Declan took a level 3 electrical apprenticeship closed just as he qualified. Unsure of what to do next, he was looking for a local job as an electrician when he spotted a cadetship opportunity with Princess Cruises. After attending maritime college in Southampton, as well as training for months at sea, Declan then had to pass difficult Maritime and Coastguard Agency exams before taking up his current role. Declan started as an ETO in May 2019 and is responsible for the 110,000-ton ship’s electrical and electronics, including looking after her 35 elevators, watertight doors and lifeboats. Declan said: “Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed. Without that I wouldn’t have got where I am now so I’m very thankful. I’d like to come back to college and talk to engineering students about my experiences. I want to show them where studying engineering at the Roundhouse can lead – and that they don’t necessarily have to stay in Derby or the East Midlands when they qualify. The right qualifications can take them anywhere.” Declan has already had many memorable travel experiences through his job. Highlights include kayaking and dog sled riding in an Alaskan glacier, watching England play football in the World Cup in St Petersburg and visiting New York.
Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed.