FULL-TIME FURTHER EDUCATION
WHO GOES TO COLLEGE?
Not everyone wants to spend years doing full-time academic study at uni. On the other hand, you may not want to give up studying completely. Instead, you may want tostudy at a college to do an advanced GNVQ in engineering (equivalent to two A levels) or a full-time BTEC course
WHAT DO I NEED TO GET IN?
Advanced GNVQ coursesusually ask for four passes (A-C) at GCSE, including English, maths and science. Otherwise you can do an intermediate GNVQ and then get on to the advanced course.
BTEC National Diplomas/Certificatesusually ask for four passes (A-C) at GCSE, including English, maths and science. Otherwise you can do a BTEC First Certificate and then get on to the National course
WHAT TYPE OF QUALIFICATIONS ARE THERE?
Engineering GNVQsare a range of awards which are given at various levels and combine background knowledge, practical skills and technical know-how. They are offered by some schools and a range of further education colleges. These qualifications are equivalent to academic qualifications, from a few medium-grade GCSEs to two A levels, depending on the level you reach. They're usually studied full time
BTEC programmesare a combination of theory and practice. BTEC Certificates are mostly studied part-time by people who work for a company but you can do them as full-time courses too. BTEC Diplomas are studied full-time over two years. The BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) can be studied afterwards or you can enter an HND course with A levels
WHERE WILL I WORK AFTERWARDS?
Technicianscan work as:
Techniciansare involved in many sides of engineering. You might help develop new ideas and work with other departments in your organisation.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO AFTER TRAINING?
University degreesIf you have a more academic interest in engineering, you may want to go on to one of the many different engineering degrees at university. For more information see UNIVERSITY.
When you reach the required standard and your training has been approved by the relevant professional engineering institution, you can apply to be registered as one of the following: