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Engineering Introduction at Derby College

Course description

The qualification you will be working towards is the EAL Introduction to Engineering. You will gain an initial understanding of engineering principles which will enable progression to a Level 2 programme and above. This course is designed for school leavers who will develop practical skills.

You will also develop your skills in maths and English which will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.

Course content

The course is primarily practical and focuses on the development of foundation knowledge skills. A high proportion of the programme will be spent developing maths and English skills to enable learning.

Units consist of:

  • Introduction to Working in Engineering
  • Health and Safety
  • Communications
  • Working Effectively
  • Mechanical Manufacture such as Milling and Turning
  • Hand Fitting
  • Fabrication and Welding

Entry requirements

Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications and practical aptitude following a successful interview and initial assessment. Parents, guardians or carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.


Internal and external assessments will take place. In addition, a portfolio of evidence is collected to demonstrate your competence and knowledge.

Financial information

You need overalls and boots for workshop activity. Learners may be expected to purchase Academy uniforms (supplied internally).

Future opportunities

You can progress to the NVQ Level 2 in your chosen discipline, an intermediate apprenticeship, the Performing Engineering Operations programme at Level 2 or other appropriate educational courses dependent on the entry criteria.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 29 January 2016

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    • The Roundhouse houses our Engineering Academy, a state-ofthe- art facility that equips learners with skills to meet the needsof our large employers and their supply chains.

      The campus also includes the Hudson Building, home to our Construction Academy, which supports the demand for trained and qualified construction professionals. The nearby Johnson Building provides superb resources for learners wishing to pursue a career in the motor vehicle sector and acts as a hub for much of our partnership work with employers