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Higher Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Level 4)

Key course information

Engineering, Manufacturing and Civil Engineering


4 years


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Course Overview

This Engineering apprenticeship is aimed at anyone who is working within the Engineering sector, that requires a high-level engineering qualification, giving candidates the opportunity to tailor the units delivered to suit the field in which you work. Candidates will be able to use this qualification to progress on to University should they wish.

What will I learn?

This course is composed of several different Engineering pathways, allowing you and your employer to choose the pathway that suits your engineering environment.

The development or defining of quality control programmes and plans that ensure continuous and effective operation and performance. The carrying out of quality assurance auditing on internal processes, sub-contractors and suppliers. Typical job roles that suit this pathway are:

- Quality Engineer
- Quality Technician
- Quality Manager
- Project Engineering

The development, manufacture and managing of a product or its lifetime in operation. These products could be individual components or small products, to large systems consisting of many sub-assemblies. Typical job roles that would suit this pathway:

- Design Engineer or Technician
- Project Engineer or Technician
- Engineering Design

The design of electrical or mechanical products or systems using computer aided design (CAD) software such as AutoCAD, Solidworks or Catia. These designs can be either 2D or 3D. Typical job roles that would suit this pathway are:

- CAD Technician
- Senior Technician
- Process Technician
- Control and Instrumentation Technician
- Quality Technician
- Design Technician
- Software Systems Technician
- Technical Author

The creation of technical information to support either operation, manufacture or maintenance of Engineering products, quipment and systems. Typical job roles that would suit this pathway are:

- Quality Technician
- Design Technician
- Senior Technician
- Technical Author or Illustrator
- Engineering Maintenance

The co-ordination and leading of a team carrying out maintenance activity so that a machine, engineered system or engineering plant equipment, performs consistently at the required performance or standard. Typical job roles that would suit this pathway are:

- Systems Maintenance Technician
- Manufacturing Plant Maintenance Technician
- Engineering Services Technician

Entry Requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE grades A-C (9-4) including Maths, English and Science. All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

If you have previously completed the Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations qualification, you could be expected to attend college for one day per week. If not, you could be expected to attend college for between three and five days per week for at least the first six months. Your final qualifications will include Level 4 NVQ Diploma (in the pathway of your choice) Level 4 or 5 HNC, HND or Foundation Degree You will also obtain Functional Skills qualifications in Maths and English should you be required to complete them as part of your course.

Additional Costs and Information

The typical programme duration for this Higher Apprenticeship is between 36 and 48 months - actual duration will depend on various circumstances, for example previous experience and job role.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Engineering, Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Career Opportunities

  • Project Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • CAD Operator

  • CNC Machinist
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Renewables Engineer

108,000 engineering apprenticeships were started in 2018, the highest number in 10 years

65 million engineering jobs are predicted to be available by 2024

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