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Welcome to the Engineering Department

Our Courses

Vocational Courses:

All Level 2 & 3 programmes include a week’s work placement in industry.

Please note, the following courses won't run 21/22: 


Higher Education: 

Adult Learning:

Our Results 

In 2020 we achieved a 100% pass rate across our A Level and Vocational programmes.

Our Student Successes

Dan Callon

Studied: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)

Former School: Brayton Academy

Progression: A four-year Technical (Mechanical) Apprenticeship with Drax after being part of the Selby College Engineering team supported by Drax which won the Formula 24+ race at the Hull Greenpower Street Race.

Dan said: “It's been a great experience building the car with the rest of the team and winning the overall race. I've learnt so much and I can't wait to move on to the next stage of my career. I knew I wanted to work in a hands-on, practical engineering role but didn’t want to go down the academic route. Having an opportunity like this with Drax is a really good move for me.”

Sam Bygrave

Former School: Brayton Academy

Studied: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering

Destination: Schenck Process UK as a Level 4 Machinist & Fitter

Lauren Askin

Former School: De Lacy Academy

Studied: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)

Destination: The RAF as an Avionics Technician Apprentice

Other recent students have gone on to work for:

Drax Power Station, Doosan Babcock, Hcomm Rail, Highways England, DB Schenker, Allied Glass, GRM Engineering Ltd and Ripon Farm Services, as well as joining the British Army and Royal Air Force. Potential Careers include:

  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer

We work closely with employers and in the last year have had a number of generous donations made by local companies to enhance our students’ learning as well as allowing them to experience industry standard equipment ahead of their next steps, including Drax Power, Greencore, J E Hartleys, ABP Food Group and Doosan Babcock.

Our Trips & Activities

A standout recent project is the success of our Engineering Race Team who won their category in the UK’s first electric car closed road-race organised by the Greenpower Education Trust in collaboration with Green Port Hull.

Their winning streak didn’t end there as they also brought home another trophy after coming third in the next F24+ Round qualifier at Blyton Park!

Students Dan Callon, Sam Bygrave, Liam Dunn and Lauren Askin, who completed their Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas in Engineering last summer, were provided with the Greenpower self-build Formula 24 kit car thanks to an initiative by Drax Power. All four students have progressed to careers in the Engineering field.

Our News Stories

Drax to boost skills and training with five-year Selby College partnership

Siemens Mobility’s first Goole apprentices start at Selby College

Siemens Mobility selects Selby College as its Goole training partner

Selby College uses 3D printing technology to create PPE visors for care homes

Engineering Department progresses plans for Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology investment

Selby College supports Justine Greening’s Social Mobility Pledge as part of Drax Visit

Selby College take home the winner’s trophy at Greenpower Street Race

Yorkshire and Humber’s successful Institute of Technology Bid 


  • How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/ is a government run website that can help you find out more about apprenticeships near you.

  • What units will we cover?

This varies from course to course but the included units are chosen mainly to include relevant practical skills development which will be desirable to your future employer.

  • What jobs could I apply for after the course?

Engineering jobs cover a vast range of skills and sectors as most engineering skills are considered to be transferrable skills. For example, an electronic engineering who has been working on power distribution boards could potentially move to doing electrical / electronics maintenance on an automated food production line.

  • Is there a work experience aspect to the course?

This is included as part of our courses as a one week period. We encourage both the student and the employer to consider as a week-long job interview as a lot of the time the employer may well be looking for their next apprentice.

  • What is the ratio between practical and theory lessons?

This varies from course to course but there is always a mixture of the two. Practical is important and great fun to do I agree but the theory side is just as important to ensure that you can demonstrate in an interview the knowledge that may well get you that engineering job you want in the future.

  • Will I have to take any exams?

At level 2, there is only a small number of exams which are either online exams or ones linked to resitting Maths or English. At level 3, you will be assessed with a mixture of coursework, written exams and online exams. This depends on the unit as for example the health and safety unit is one online exam whereas the maths unit is assessed in three written exams and the communications unit is coursework only.

Find out more about the department in this presentation.