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.
Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader. He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.
He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.
"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.
"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."