From the minute we awake to an alarm clock, to the music we listen to, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the transportation we use, the roads and bridges we use, and the buildings we all inhabit; every aspect of our daily life involves engineering in some form. Engineers are the inventors and problem-solvers of our everyday world, they shape our society and they influence and develop the environment and technology of our future.
The role of electrical and electronic engineers is of particular relevance in today’s challenging world of energy shortage and global warming. They design and develop innovative and renewable energy solutions and the supporting transmission infrastructure to deliver power where it is needed in a timely and efficient manner. Low carbon renewable technologies, such as fuel cells, wave power generators and wind turbines, are being designed by power systems engineers while electronic engineers develop the sensing, control and communications systems to guarantee their safe and efficient operation.
You’ll be taught by a team of qualified Lecturers who bring their academic and industry expertise and experience into the classroom. Prior to entering Further Education, our Lecturers have worked on technical/engineering projects for organisations ranging from Airbus and BAE SYSTEMS to the British Heart Foundation.
To further broaden your experience in the subject, we invite in industry experts, engineers and university academics to give seminars on the latest engineering and technological developments in industry and academia. Moreover, to give you a taste of what’s on offer beyond life at college, we invite former students to speak to our groups and share their experiences.
Many of our students progress onto Higher Education. We have also had students secure Higher Apprenticeships at large motor vehicle companies.
Students' perspectives: A former student, who progressed to the University of Birmingham to study a Beng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering with Business Management says “The course is fantastic if you are an aspiring Engineer. A Levels were too broad for my liking, and completing this BTEC gave me focus and ambition for my future. The skills I developed have proven useful in professional situations and at University. The content that I was taught at BTEC still comes in handy even though I am in the final year of my degree! And most of all, the staff are brilliant, I feel privileged to have been taught by them, they are passionate, supportive, very organised and inspire students to do well.”
Another former student, who progressed to the University of Liverpool to study a Beng (Hons) in Avionics Systems Engineering comments "The Engineering department at the college truly makes you feel like an engineer in training and ensures a great balance of practical and theoretical work. The lecturers teach you to be capable of working independently as well as initiating well during team tasks. With this excellent method of teaching I obtained the best grade possible and it enabled me to gain a place at a Russell Group University to do a degree in Avionic Systems Engineering and I wouldn't have it any other way."
What areas will I study?
Our teaching methods are varied and engaging, we fundamentally believe that you can’t read textbooks and become a good engineer. We holistically develop your mathematical skills and theoretical knowledge of engineering principles and then put that into practice in the laboratory. You’ll be building and testing electronic systems and proving that what you’ve learnt in the classroom works in the real-world! You will study a range of electrical and electronic engineering units.
What are the entry requirements?
You will need GCSE grade 5 or above for maths and English language, as well as 3 other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. You will also need Merit or above for Level 2 BTEC First Extended Certificate in Engineering.
All students will also be required to attend and satisfactorily complete a formal induction period.
Where can I progress to next?
Students who successfully complete this programme will be eligible to apply for Higher Education programmes such as a higher apprenticeship, a HNC/HND, Foundation Degree, or Undergraduate Degree. Alternatively, you can progress onto employment.
Students who study Electrical and Electronic Engineering can look forward to rewarding careers in:
- Aerospace & Avionics Engineering
- Armed Forces
- Computer Engineering
- Design Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Engineering Technology
- Power Engineering
- Product Design
- Service Engineering
- Transport Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering