Nuclear Gateway Programme

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2018
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Awarding Body
    ECITB
  • Cost
    TBC
  • Centre Location
    Bridgwater & Cannington
  • Who is this course for?

    This bridging programme is ideal if your ambition is to work within the nuclear engineering or scientific sectors. It is suitable for those looking to progress onto a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship, or Higher Education. You may have an alternative engineering qualification, or have finished other Level 3 qualifications and be keen to work in the nuclear sector.

  • Course Description

    This one year programme is delivered by University Centre Somerset at the recently built National College for Nuclear (southern hub) based in Cannington. This new state-of-the-art facility includes a reactor simulator and virtual reality training environment.

    Working with industry partners such as EDF Energy ensures the training provides a unique world-class experience that develops the skills needed in this high profile, technical and demanding sector. Work experience is an essential element to the programme, expanding your understanding of the sector and working environment.

    You will study a combination of theory, applied theory and practical subjects across a broad range of areas such as:

    • Nuclear science and the nuclear industry
    • Mathematics for nuclear engineering and science
    • Introduction to radiological measurement and protection
    • Mechanical and electrical science for nuclear technicians
    • Chemistry and engineering practical
  • Progression Opportunities

    This study programme provides the opportunity to progress onto a Higher or Degree Level Apprenticeship in Nuclear or, combined with your previous Level 3 qualifications, into Higher Education.

  • Entry Requirements

    You need five GCSE grades A* to C or 9 to 4, including Mathematics (Higher) or above. Alternatively, an appropriate Level 2 with an overall Merit which includes Maths and Science. You will also need a Level 3 qualification that could include A Levels, Engineering or other subject to Merit level.

  • Costs

    Cost is free for 16 - 18 year olds.