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Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

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Course Summary

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 advanced engineering resources, the one-year Level 1 Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing has been designed for school leavers to support their development as engineers, enabling them to progress to recognised vocational qualifications relevant to the sector. A key part of the course is the development of English and Mathematics to GCSE level.

Entry requirements

Achievement of the following GCSE grades are the minimum entry requirements for the course:

  • English 1
  • Maths 1

Course Content

The course will focus on developing students' skills in English and Mathematics as well as study skills.

The following Engineering topics will be covered on the course:

  • Electronics
  • Handfitting
  • Welding
  • Fluid Power
  • Machining
  • Science

The completion of the Engineering components will lead to the award of a College certificate.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Written assignments
  • Practical assessments
  • Presentations
  • Project work
  • Examination - English and Maths

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, specific PPE may need to be purchased for selected activities.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

On successful achievement of the Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing, you could progress to a Level 1 Engineering course at the College.


Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in Engineering may be possible.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Grace Draper

Grace Draper

Best of both worlds on a Rolls-Royce apprenticeship

At the age of 16, Grace Draper decided to apply for an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce rather than go on to do A-levels. She’s not looked back since.
She has excelled while gaining on-the-job experience with the company and during her training at Derby College, where she has achieved Distinction standards. Now she is set to take her qualifications further with a foundation degree at the College, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.
Such has been Grace’s success that she was highly commended in the Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship category of our 2014 Peak Awards. Judges described her as a ‘model learner’ and praised her collaborative work on projects, where she demonstrated the team skills and personal attributes which are vital in today’s engineering industry.

An apprenticeship at Rolls- Royce is the best of both worlds. We get to work in all sorts of areas of the company, earning while we’re learning. Having completed my first two years of the apprenticeship, I’m looking forward to starting the foundation degree.


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