I chose to come to College instead of staying at school because there aren’t many places that offer just Engineering on it’s own. I wanted to study Engineering specifically as it’s been a long term interest.
The pathway I want to take is the electrical engineering route. Once I’ve finished this two-year course, I’d like to go into a degree apprenticeship with National Grid in something to do with power.
So far we’ve covered unit 1, which is electrical engineering, all the maths side to it and the practical application of maths, as well as unit 44 which is manufacturing and using tools, and you have to write up about manufacturing and engineering processes, including health & safety. Maths is a big part of the programme, especially in the second year with further maths being used. For this course you do already need to have a grade 4 or above in Maths and English to start the course.
I think you need to know what you want to focus on if you want to come to College. It’s more relaxed than school and much more up to you – you’re not being baby sat. You’ve got to put in a lot more initiative compared to when you’re in school and it’s much more focused on you.