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Course overview

You will study 18 subjects to give you a good grounding in the basics of engineering as well as specialist knowledge of particular areas of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering. You will be able to select some of the units in your second year so that you can specialise in the areas you are interested in. This is a technical course, so you will learn all about engineering processes, theory and systems as well as developing an appreciation of practical engineering skills as part of your course.

During the first year of study, units include health and safety in the engineering workplace, communications for engineering technicians, engineering project and mechanical principles and applications.

The rest of the units you will take will be chosen to provide you with the best to meet your needs from a wide range of units that includes further mechanical/electrical/electronic principles, programmable logic controllers, computer-aided design, further mathematics, engineering processes, engineering materials and many more. You will also continue to develop your maths, English and employability skills.

What else do I need to know?

As part of your course, you will visit engineering companies to find out more about real-life engineering in a range of settings. There may also be opportunities to undertake work experience as part of the course.

What are the entry requirements?

You'll need a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects relevant to the course you’d like to study, including English Language at grade 4 or above. You will need a grade 5 in maths and science. Alternatively you will require a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering.

How is it assessed?

You will complete a range of projects, assignments, presentations and practical activities. These will be assessed as you go through the course so that you know how you are doing. While there may be short tests, you will not have single, end-of-year examinations on this course.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

Having completed the course, you will be well prepared to progress into higher education to study an honours degree in electrical, electronic or mechanical engineering at university. If you prefer to move into employment, you will be well placed to join an engineering company where you may have the chance to further your studies by studying a foundation degree alongside your work. You could also join an advanced apprenticeship in engineering to work towards becoming an engineering technician.

How do I find out more?

To find out more, please contact the Engineering and Construction Admin team on 01782 254315.

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