Engineering Courses at Derby College

Everything we need or use involves engineering. It’s at the cutting edge of technology, crucial to the economy and relevant to every sector – from transport to construction, food to fashion, medicine to cosmetics.

Is this you?

  • Good at maths and science
  • Enjoy practical tasks
  • Problem-solving skills
  • IT skills for computer aided design (CAD) work
  • Organisational skills
  • Teamworking skills
  • Communication skills

Getting into engineering


  • Full time at College There is a broad range of courses at Derby College which will put you on the pathway to careers in many branches of the profession – including aerospace, automotive, rail, telecommunications, electrical and electronics, manufacturing, mining and mechanical engineering.
  • Apprenticeships These are available through Derby College in both the craft and technical levels of engineering. You’ll earn a salary while working towards recognised qualifications. For some of these programmes, you will need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher educationTo become an incorporated engineer, you can study for a relevant degree. Or you can take a foundation degree, HNC or HND plus further learning to take you up to degree level. Derby College itself offers a range of HNC and HND options, plus a Foundation Degree in Integrated Engineering. Chartered engineers work at the highest level of planning, designing and managing projects. You can become a chartered engineer with a Masters qualification – the level above a degree.
  • JobsYou can enter engineering at operator level with no qualifications and you may receive training on the job.

Choose engineering and you’ll enter a world of innovation where new products and technologies are constantly being developed. It could lead you into a wellpaid, stimulating career with the scope to travel the globe.


Derby College Course Listings - Engineering


FT Apprenticeship in General Welding Level 2 (Standard) : Site Ilkeston



FT Apprenticeship - Engineering Manufacture - Machinist (Standard) - Level 3: Site The RoundHouse

FT Apprenticeship - Engineering Technical Support (Standard) - Level 3: Site The RoundHouse

FT Apprenticeship - Mechatronics Maintenance Technician (Standard) - Level 3: Site The RoundHouse

FT Apprenticeship - Supply Chain Warehouse Operator - Level 2: Site Ilkeston

FT Apprenticeship - Toolmaker and Tool Maintenance Technician (Standard) - Level 3: Site The RoundHouse

FT Apprenticeship Engineering Operative (Standard) Level 2: Site The RoundHouse

FT Apprenticeship Lean Manufacturing Operative ST0420 Standard Level 2: Site Other

FT Apprenticeship Plate Welder Standard Level 3: Site Ilkeston

PT BEng (Hons) Engineering (Top Up): Site The RoundHouse

FT BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering) - Full Time: Site The RoundHouse

PT BTEC Level 3 Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering : Site The RoundHouse

FT BTEC Level 3 Award In Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Full Time: Site The RoundHouse

FT BTEC Level 3 Foundation Award In Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Full Time: Site The RoundHouse

PT City & Guilds Level 1 Welding - Day attendance: Site Ilkeston

PT City & Guilds Level 1 Welding - Day Attendance - Friday: Site Ilkeston

PT City & Guilds Level 2 Welding - Day Attendance - Friday: Site Ilkeston

PT City & Guilds Level 2 Welding - Day attendance - Wednesday: Site Ilkeston

FT Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineer (Degree) Apprenticeship: Site The RoundHouse

FT Engineering Manufacturing Technician - Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard: Site The RoundHouse


PT Foundation Degree in Integrated Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC Diploma in General Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC in Mechanical Engineering: Site The RoundHouse


FT Introduction To Engineering and Manufacturing - Entry Level Full Time: Site The RoundHouse

FT Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing Level 1 - Full Time: Site The RoundHouse

FT Level 1 – Introduction To Technology (Engineering, Welding And Motor Vehicle): Site The RoundHouse

FT Level 2 Certificate In Engineering Operations : Site The RoundHouse

FT Level 2 Engineering And Technology Skills – (Pre-Apprenticeship Skills Development) : Site The RoundHouse

FT Manufacturing Engineer (Degree) - Apprenticeship Standard Level 6: Site The RoundHouse

FT Product Design and Development Engineer (Degree) Apprenticeship Level 6 : Site The RoundHouse


PT Schools 14-16 – BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

FT T Level Foundation Programme in Engineering : Site The RoundHouse

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Construction, ICT and Motor Vehicle Engineering are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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Maths & English

Find out how Maths and English can benefit you.

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.

Did you Know?

  • Over the next decade, the UK engineering sector needs 87,000 people qualified to a higher level
  • Graduate engineering jobs are well paid – often with a £25,000+ starting salary
  • Engineering turnover was £1.1 trillion in 2011/2012
  • 5.4 million people work in engineering in the UK
  • Manufacturing accounts for around half of all UK exports

Examples of recent vacancies locally

Junior CAD technician
£15,000–£20,000 per year.
Using software to create designs for machinery

Trainee manufacturing systems engineer
£22,000–£25,000 per year
Designing and installing production lines

Experienced engineering maintenance technician
£29,250–£45,000 per year.
Servicing and repairing industrial equipment

Director in manufacturing
£37,000–£73,000 per year.
Planning and overseeing manufacturing processes

Site Information


Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus and our Ilkeston campus.

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Useful Websites
The sector skills council for engineering
For young people interested in a career in engineering
EngTech is a professional title awarded to engineering technicians.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers helps engineers build their careers and tale on challenges that make a difference to all of us.
Inspiring the next generation of engineers and technicians.
The world’s only learned society dedicated to the entire aerospace community.
BLOODHOUND SSC is a unique, high technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1000pmh barrier and set a new world land speed record.
What is the universe made of? How did it start? The European Council for Nuclear Research are seeking answers, using some of the world’s most powerful particle accelerators.
Working for quality education and training in engineering and the related technologies.
Providing industry with advice and knowhow in materials joining and engineering technologies.


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