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Engineering & Science

Studying engineering or science will provide you with the technical skills, practical experience and underpinning knowledge required to achieve employment in these thriving sectors. If you would describe yourself as a logical and inquisitive person who enjoys gaining both practical and theoretical knowledge, engineering or science could be the right pathway for you! Our courses range from level 2 or level 3 BTEC courses for school leavers, to part time level 3 diplomas for adults, or HNC and HND electrical and engineering courses and finally, level 2, 3 and 4 electrical and engineering apprenticeships.

Trips and visits

Throughout your engineering course you will have the opportunity to visit a range of local employers to give you a valuable insight into the sector and a chance to speak with industry experts.

Past students have visited companies including Sellafield, Jaguar Land Rover and TATA Chemicals.

Science students will also be able to take part in numerous exciting visits to enhance their learning. Previous students have visited Chester Zoo to learn about animal psychology and taken part in a National Bar Mock Trial competition at Liverpool and Warrington Crown Courts.

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16-18 Years Old

Our science courses will introduce students to a broad range of topics, primarily focussing on physics, chemistry and biology. Whether you aim to become a laboratory technician or enter the world of animal behaviour, studying science can lead you towards a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers.

If you choose to study engineering, you will be taking your first step into a robust sector with fantastic employment opportunities. Whether you wish to take a theory-based course and become proficient in CAD and electrical principles, or take a more practical route where you will be working with the latest machinery, our engineering courses will help you gain the skills you need to secure employment in this evolving field.

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Higher Education Learner

Our higher education courses in engineering are designed to expand upon your prior knowledge and prepare you for employment or further study. These courses will qualify you to begin working in the sector or enhance your knowledge within your current job role.

Our HNC and HND engineering courses cover a vast range of modules such as engineering design, lean manufacturing, and further mathematics, providing you with all of the specialised in-demand skills that employers are seeking.

Meet our students

Rob Young Resized

Rob, who has a degree in biology, previously worked behind a desk but didn’t feel satisfied in his role and wanted to retrain in a more practical profession. So, he enrolled on our HNC General Engineering course.

So far, Rob has learned the basics of electrical engineering and mechanical principles, and has been introduced to scientific and mechanical engineering. Rob says: "As electrical engineering was new to me, I have really enjoyed learning about it. It helps that my tutor is always available and provides timely coursework feedback.”

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The labs and equipment at the college are fantastic. The staff are so helpful and we get to do lots of interesting practical experiments."

Level 3 Applied Science student Michelle Hubbard joined us from Beamont Collegiate Academy. Michelle decided to study applied science as she has always been fascinated by biology and learning about animals and the human body.

She is looking forward to progressing to university to study animal care, before moving onto a career working with wild and endangered animals.

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Former electrician, Jason Jones, is currently enrolled on our HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering course to further his career. He chose to study his Level 4 qualification here at Warrington & Vale Royal College as it is close to home, and his colleagues recommended the course.

Jason says: “The facilities at the college are perfect for what I need to learn. My tutors have been so helpful throughout the course so far and make it clear that they are always available to answer any questions I have.”

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Daniel Morgan enrolled on our engineering course to further his knowledge and skillset to advance his career path. Daniel previously studied Sports & Exercise Science at university but thought that an apprenticeship was more suited to him, and he was attracted to the fact that he could learn on the job.

Daniel says that one of the best aspects of studying here is the fabulous facilities and the fact that lessons are at a good time that fit around his other commitments. As Daniel has switched career paths, this is his first time learning about engineering, so he has loved learning the fundamentals of the subject; he is grateful that his tutor is efficient in giving feedback on his work after each unit - it gives him a good idea of his skills.

Meet our tutors

Arthur Flynn

Arthur Flynn

Arthur Flynn is one of the college’s senior Engineering lecturers, having been a chartered engineer for over 35 years, as well as owning several companies in the engineering and property sectors.

His favourite part of teaching at the college is working alongside a team of widely experienced engineers dedicated to providing outstanding education to future engineers. He said: “Seeing inexperienced students becoming confident and industry-ready young adults is the most fulfilling part of my role. I love that my students get to interact with quality equipment as well as learning their theoretical knowledge. It is this applied knowledge that gives our students the edge in industry.”

Caroline Mc Clymont

Caroline McClymont

Science Tutor Caroline McClymont has a BSc in Applied Biology and a wealth of industry and education experience in laboratory roles.

After training as a teacher, she worked in both secondary schools and further education colleges and particularly enjoys teaching here at the college as the small class sizes mean tutors get to work closely with students and know their individual career aspirations.

Caroline says: “We both challenge and support our students to succeed and leave with the confidence and academic qualification they need for their next steps.”

Jade Wilkinson

Jade Wilkinson

Jade Wilkinson is Curriculum Manager for Engineering and Science and has been teaching at the college for the past eight years. Jade is passionate about both Engineering and Science, and seeks to ensure that students gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge they need to secure a successful career. Jade says: “I really enjoy overseeing Science at the college and ensuring that our students receive the best training possible. We make sure the students are fully prepared to enter this exciting and expanding sector!”

Steve Merrigan

Steve Merrigan

Mechanical Engineering Tutor Steve has a wealth of industry experience, having worked as a design and project engineer in the automotive and materials handling industries prior to his teaching career. He has now been teaching for almost 25 years and specialises in CAD and design, ensuring that his students are exposed to the latest innovations in engineering design.

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