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Control Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Gain your BEng qualification and prepare yourself for the future, learning on the leading industry 4.0 manufacturing systems training facilities.

​​​​This Degree apprenticeship course has been designed to teach you core engineering and management skills which you can then to apply directly in your workplace.

More industries are now moving to automation and methods of control. Existing dynamic systems in manufacturing, automotive, aerospace industries are getting ever more complex. Modern control engineers with varied skillsets, from mathematical to design and creativity, are in demand.

​Study style

The Apprenticeship runs over 3 semesters throughout the year and students will typically be required to attend one day per week through semesters 1 and  2, and during semester 3,  block delivery over one or two 5 day periods. The rest of the time you will be in the workplace.

Modules will cover theory, practical and lab based activity. Knowledge is embedded through experience and applied in industry focused project work. You will be integrated within the wider engineering community wherever possible to provide opportunities for collaboration and experience of working with other disciplines and specialisms.

Typically, the duration of this apprenticeship is 5 years. This duration may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience and/or someone already part qualified who may enter directly into Level 5 or 6.


Support for apprentices and employers

You will have a personal tutor who will remain a source of advice and guidance throughout your apprenticeship. You will also be supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the student and the programme


Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships.

Candidates should have 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject.

Candidates should also have A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.

Direct entries onto Level 5 or 6 are available with an appropriate Engineering HNC/HND qualification.

Apprentices should be in fulltime employment (e.g. at least employed for 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of their apprenticeship, and 20% of their working hours should be spent on off-the-job training.

Areas of study

Learners entering at level 4 will will need to achieve 360 credits for the BEng award. The modules listed have been mapped to the Apprenticeships standard to ensure that Learners are equipped with the relevant skills, behaviors and knowledge to meet the requirements of the end point assessment. 

Year 1 (60 credits)


  • Engineering Design and Practice
  • Programming Fundamentals 
  • Engineering Systems Design
  • Mechanical Systems Engineering

Year 2 (75 credits)


  • Principles of Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Data and Computer Networks
  • Engineering Safety and Human Factors

Year 3 (75 credits)


  • Intra-disciplinary Design Project
  • Computer systems & Microprocessors
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Automation, Robotics and PLC’s

Year 4 (75 credits)


  • Manufacturing Process
  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • Integrated Systems Engineering
  • Quality Measurements Systems Engineering
  • Distributed Control systems

Year 5 (75 credits)


  • Operations and Engineering Management
  • Industrial Automation Systems
  • Individual Project (Control)

End Point Assessment

The final assessment will consist of a case study presentation to showcase the work that you have completed during your apprenticeship and an occupational professional discussion.

The above degree schedule and modules are subject to change depending upon entry point, start date and cohort size. Learners entering at Level 5 or 6 may have to undertake Level 4 or 5 modules if their qualifications does not provide all of the required competencies.


State-of-the-art facilities

You will have access to our dedicated engineering space with industry qualitiy facilities including; Festo manufacturing and control systems, lab equipment, computer and engineering software labs and prototyping workshops.


Tailored to meet your needs

Consultation with industry and companies looking to develop staff with key skills, knowledge and ability, has led to a programme designed to fulfill those needs and provide opportunity for your career development.


There is good news for organisations of all sizes. Larger employers can utilise their Apprenticeship Levy to fund this apprenticeship (Levy funding has to be used within 24 months or it is lost to the employer). For employers with a payroll of less than £3m, there is funding support available (see below for more information).

Fewer than 50 employees where the apprentice is 16-18 years oldNo cost to employer - government funded. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.
Non-Levy paying employers - payroll is less than £3m.Government funds 95%. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.
Levy paying employers - payroll is greater than £3m.Comes out of the Levy pot.

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