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News: Not­ting­ham Col­lege launch­es its first A Lev­el BTEC hybrid course for aspir­ing engineers

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For a long time, young peo­ple have been asked to choose between aca­d­e­m­ic study such as A Lev­els, or voca­tion­al study through BTECs or NVQs. Now, stu­dents can get the best of both worlds with our spe­cial­ist hybrid course in Inno­va­tion and Cre­ative Engi­neer­ing Design.

The course is designed for bud­ding engi­neers who want to progress on to Uni­ver­si­ty or on to a High­er Appren­tice­ship (degree-lev­el) to pur­sue a career in engi­neer­ing, design or manufacturing. 

It con­sists of two A Lev­els, one in Maths and the oth­er in Prod­uct Design and a BTEC Lev­el 3 Sub­sidiary Diplo­ma in Engi­neer­ing. This unique blend of qual­i­fi­ca­tions com­bines all the nec­es­sary prac­ti­cal study need­ed to devel­op tech­ni­cal engi­neer­ing skills with all the learn­ing and the­o­ry you get from A Levels. 

This blend is extreme­ly attrac­tive to Uni­ver­si­ties who increas­ing­ly look for prac­ti­cal skills along­side aca­d­e­m­ic capa­bil­i­ty. This type of blend­ed course is also incred­i­bly appeal­ing to future employ­ers with many offer­ing attrac­tive grad­u­ate pro­grammes with­in the engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing industries. 

The course is a two year course, like A Lev­els, but much of the course is assessed through prac­ti­cal and the­o­ry based course­work and a port­fo­lio. There will still be exams to sit in Maths and Prod­uct Design. 

Gavin Var­ley is the head of the college’s engi­neer­ing fac­ul­ty. He said:

The Col­lege is focussed on ensur­ing that we offer cours­es that give our stu­dents the very best oppor­tu­ni­ty to get into their cho­sen career. The UK’s engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor has expe­ri­enced a short­age of skills in recent years, main­ly because the sec­tor is con­tin­u­al­ly evolv­ing and chang­ing as a result of new tech­nolo­gies, robot­ics and com­pe­ti­tion glob­al­ly. It makes it hard for uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges to keep up with the chang­ing skills demands. This hybrid course devel­ops the student’s capac­i­ty for the­o­ry based and prac­ti­cal learn­ing and will equip them with the skills nec­es­sary to move onto a degree or into the world of work. Our High­fields cam­pus is a ded­i­cat­ed, state-of-the-art engi­neer­ing facil­i­ty, in the heart of Nottingham’s Sci­ence Park and with its very own STEM cen­tre, com­plete with robot­ics and AI technology. 

 — Gavin Var­ley (Head of the college’s engi­neer­ing faculty)

The tutors on the course will be a mix of aca­d­e­m­ic experts and those who’ve worked pro­fes­sion­al­ly in engi­neer­ing, again anoth­er rea­son why this course offers the best of both worlds. The course is suit­ed to those who have a keen inter­est in pur­su­ing an engi­neer­ing or man­u­fac­tur­ing career as well as a good aca­d­e­m­ic grasp of maths and design. You’ll need 5 GCSEs at Grade 9 – 4/A*-C, includ­ing Eng­lish Lan­guage at grade 9 – 4/A*-C and Maths at grade 9 – 6/A*-B. It would be help­ful if you had a GCSE sub­ject in a design tech­nol­o­gy subject

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  • 12th April 2019 (3:30 PM)
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