• Head of Engineering


    Welcome! I’m Aaron Ashurst, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to our Open Event and to introduce you to the subjects in Engineering. I hope you find all this course information really useful and it helps you feel excited about the future!


    e: openevents@runshaw.ac.uk

  • Course Leader - Design Engineering

    David Wilson

    Job Title: Course Leader for A Level Design Engineering

    University attended: University of Central Lancashire

    Why should students choose your subject?

    Design Engineering will allow you to work with principles and concepts that will develop your skills as a budding engineer in both practical and theoretical aspects of the subject to support with progression to Higher Education or industry. This course will support with honing skills in Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Mechanics, Material Science, Product Design, Project Management, 2D & 3D Drawing and CAD & Electronics.

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    There is progression into degrees, across a range of engineering qualifications, at the most prestigious Engineering Universities, such as Loughborough, Manchester, Liverpool John Moores, Leeds and Newcastle. There are also opportunities for the progression into Engineering careers such as Higher Apprenticeships with companies such as BAE, BNFL, Jaguar Land rover, Leyland Trucks, Rolls Royce and the RAF.

  • Course Leader - Level 3 Engineering

    Marika Botham

    Job Title: Year One Course Leader BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Engineering

    University attended: University of Bolton & University of Salford

    Why should students choose your subject?

    Engineering covers a broad variety of roles and it involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products. This BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas including Maths, Electronic Principles, CAD, Design and Fabrication. There are 7 units which are taught in Year one of which 4 are mandatory and 2 are external. Students will learn a broad range of skills in Engineering, whilst carrying out a 45 day industry placement throughout year one. We also work as a team with regular fun days and activities to motivate and inspire.

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    Our BTEC Level 3 Engineering students progress within multiple areas including Aeronautical, Electronic, Automotive and Architecture. Jaguar Land Rover, BAE, Aston Martin & Architectural practices have seen our students progress and flourish. BTEC Level 3 Engineering is a great stepping stone for students wanting to further their career in Engineering whether that’s to University, on an apprenticeship or direct into the industry.

  • Course Leader - Level 2 Engineering (BTEC)

    Stephen Cross

    Job Title: CIT Leader L2 Engineering

    University attended: University of Central Lancashire

    Why should students choose your subject?

    Engineers are in high demand worldwide, in a wide range of roles; every aspect of our daily life is affected in some way by engineering activity. L2 Engineering allows the student to develop an understanding of a broad spectrum of engineering subjects, including Engineering Design, Maths and Electronics. You will develop an understanding of how engineering industry functions and learn about project planning, problem solving and other key theories. You will develop individual and team working skills which will support transition to further development; for example, as an apprentice or further study at Level 3.

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    Engineering industry includes a diverse range of engineering roles. Sectors include aeronautical, electronic, automotive etc. Additionally, the armed services offer many opportunities for successful engineering careers. Training is often completed during a structured apprenticeship program. Alternatively, full time degree study at university is also possible, following further advanced study at Level 3.

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