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The course supports the skills and knowledge development requirements for technician access into the engineering working environment and contains 3 components:
Engineering qualifications (Combined)
Essential Skills at Level 2 in:
This course comprises of a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering alongside both NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 qualifications. This is designed to equip individuals with a knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for success in a range of technical roles in the Screening, Crushing, Washing and Recycling industries.
Optional modules are selected if required by employer.
6 GCSEs at grades A* - C including Mathematics (Grade B in Maths preferred) and English or equivalent.
Entry is also subject to:
There are two separate assessment methods throughout the course. The academic BTEC assessments are a blend of projects and assignments throughout the duration of the course and external assessments. These will offer opportunities to achieve Pass, Merit, and Distinction criteria, and will be tracked though the year to form one final grade for each unit, and an end of course overall grade.
The more practical NVQ element of the course will be assessed in College at Level 2 and from ‘work based visits’ where by you achieve the qualification by producing evidence of the work you are doing on your placement to satisfy pre-determined criteria at Level 3.
Having successfully completed the GOLD program candidates can progress to:
BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering) - RQF
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Advanced Technician in Engineering - Maintenance) (HLA)
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Advanced Technician in Engineering - Advanced Manufacture) (HLA)
or in most cases direct entry to:
Ulster University FdEng Engineering with Specialisms (Manufacturing Engineering) HLA (Dungannon Campus)
Ulster University FdEng Engineering with Specialisms (Mechatronics) HLA (Omagh Campus)
On Completion of the Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) articulation is available to:
BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University) (HLA).
All the above programmes are entirely co-ordinated at South West College.
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BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University)