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Engineering

From a motor mechanic to a chartered engineer, if you are passionate about engineering, this career pathway will show you the options available.

About our engineering programmes

On our programmes, you will get an excellent grounding in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering to enable you to choose the career that’s right for you. Teaching and learning is provided with the support of leading engineering companies, including Peter Brett Associates, Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME), BMW and Skanska.

As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to take part in employer-led, work-based projects, based on real-life scenarios, providing invaluable experience to supplement your studies. Level 3 students have recently benefitted from curriculum sponsorship from REME, including a work-based project, guest lecturing and regional competitions.

We have invested in our engineering facilities in recent years, with a new Solutions Lab at Reading College and Technology Campus at City of Oxford College. This £8m facility is a centre of excellence for engineering related training, providing:

  • state of the art learning zones
  • high-quality workshops 
  • modern design and fabrication spaces

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.



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Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

What could my future job look like?

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • Engineering technician: assist engineers with highly specialised tasks, focusing on support, diagnostic and maintenance of technical equipment.
  • Project manager: oversee engineering projects, usually for a large or international company, identifying issues, helping come up with solutions and monitoring progress.
  • Chartered engineer: as an engineer registered with the sector's regulatory body (the Engineering Council), you will work to create solutions for engineering problems at a highly skilled level.

The engineering industry 

If you like finding solutions to technical challenges, engineering could be your future. Skilled engineers are in demand; so much so that there is a major drive, nationally and locally, to encourage young people into the profession.

The engineering sector in the UK is vast, and essential to the economic health of the nation. Engineers work in every major industry and are responsible for everything from streamlining manufacturing processes to designing cities and pioneering efficient new technologies.

In recent years, the engineering industry has been growing at a rate of about 2% annually, and in the next decade it has been projected that this continued growth will create about 2.6 million new jobs.

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Industry partnerships

We work closely with our industry partners to ensure that you learn the skills that employers want to see:

  • Beard: an award-winning construction company operating in the South of England for over 100 years.
  • Land Securities: the largest commercial property company in the UK, owning, developing and managing offices, shopping centres and more.
  • Peter Brett Associates: a leading development and infrastructure consultancy, providing property advice to customers.
  • Skanska: one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups.
  • Laing O' Rourke: a privately owned, internationally-focussed engineering enterprise with world-class capabilities spanning the entire client value chain.