Ruth Gregory answered on 17 Jun 2014:
I completed a BTEC national certificate in Civil Engineering at college. At University I completed a HNC in Civil Engineering.
Claire Ferguson answered on 17 Jun 2014:
at college i did a 2 year course called a national certificate in Civil Engineering i then did a 2 year higher national certificate in civil engineering and then went onto uni for 4 years and completed my bachelors of science honours degree in environmental civil engineering.
Graham Wiggins answered on 17 Jun 2014:
reedd002 – Loads 🙂
I did lots ofNVQ’s ( welding, turning, milling grinding, electrical instal, elec test, electcronics, etc )
and a BTEC national Certificate in electrical/electronics.
all part of my apprenticeship, and is similar to the learning pathway our current trainees do.
I am still learning, am enrolled at Teesside Uni, doing HNC electical/electronic engineering by distance learning
– have also done loads of “short courses” from managements to fire safety, butnot at college/uni
Luke Fry answered on 26 Jun 2014:
Hey dude, (beware…long answer. Sorry-ish)
Through my apprenticeship I gained a Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 Certificate, an NVQ level 3 in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, a National Award and National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and then went on further to gain a Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Design. I am now studying part time for my Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering Design which STFC (my employer) support me in my giving me one day per week to attend and paying my course fees! Lucky me 😀 !
So, what do all of these things involve, I hear you ask…
So the National Award, National Certificate and Higher National Certificate are all academic qualification, so you’re learning about materials and their properties, why they have those properties and what that makes them useful for. It’s learning about how to calculate stresses and strains and forces on parts. It also includes subjects like business and management where you learn about different management styles and theories.
The PEO and NVQ’s are the practical qualification. The NVQ Level 3 is made up of modules that you complete by doing real jobs at work and writing them up in a job report with pictures. Each job you do will help tick off certain criteria for the NVQ and once you have completed all the necessary criteria it will be examined and you should get your module. Once you have the required amount of modules you will get your NVQ!
The apprenticeship here sets out the modules that you must complete and they include a few on health and safety, communicating effectively etc and then the more interesting ones like Milling, Turning (using a lathe) (both CNC and manual) 2D and 3D Design, as well as options to take on more if you wish!
The great thing about the apprenticeship here is that once you have completed your first year, you come on site for 4 days per week to work toward your NVQ level 3. It’s a really great feeling to be making something that you know is for a real application but that is still getting you a qualification. I should also add that you get really great support in writing up your jobs as you go. (from experience…keep on top of it, don’t leave it till the end)