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Future Engineers

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Paul MacDonald
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Course introduction

This elective provides students the opportunity to work with leading university academics and professionals on an engineering project. Students will take part in site visits, follow college based lecture programmes and attend residential workshops at the University of Liverpool to complete a Crest Award. Students also have access to HEADSTART programmes which include a one year paid work placement prior to university.

Who should follow the programme?

To access this elective, you will need to be studying both maths and physics.

What activities can you expect to experience?

  • Completion of the Engineering Education Scheme, run by the Engineering Development Trust
  • Create a solution to a real live engineering problem, that a company is currently working on
  • Develop report writing skills and produce a professional engineering report
  • Produce Gnatt Charts to demonstrate project planning 
  • Attend a residential workshop at a Russell Group University
  • Present your project work at a university to an audience of academics and employers 
  • Specialist guidance and support in preparing for university and employment
  • Visits to local universities and participation in practical activities
  • Visiting speakers covering all of the major engineering disciplines

What about trips and visits?

  • University visits

You will develop the following employability skills:

  • Communication
  • Perseverance
  • Team work
  • Report writing
  • Materials sourcing
  • Independent working
  • Invention and creativity

What will this elective lead to after SJR?

All of the skills and knowledge gained from the programme will support students in their application to study an engineering degree course at university or a Higher Apprenticeship. Student progression to higher education last year was outstanding, with many students currently studying mechanical , aeronautical and electrical engineering.

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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