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Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

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Gain your BEng by learning on industry 4.0 manufacturing systems training facilities to prepare yourself for a future in engineering.​​

​​​​​​​​This degree apprenticeship has been designed to prepare students for the dynamic manufacturing engineering environment. It will provide the core engineering and management skills for learners to apply directly in their workplace.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Manufacturing Engineering is a continually changing field where increasing competition, automation and industry 4.0 are requiring engineers to have new skills and knowledge of systems and technology, all of which this apprenticeship provides.

Areas of study 

Learners entering at level 4 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, behaviours 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
  • Automation Technology
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Year 4 (75 credits)

  • Manufacturing Process
  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • Integrated Systems Engineering
  • Quality Measurements Systems Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology

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 studies presentation to showcase the work that you have completed during your apprenticeship and an Occupational Professional Discussion.

The Degree schedule and modules shown 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 do not provide all the required competencies.​

Study style

The Apprenticeship runs over three semesters throughout the year and students will typically be required to attend one day per week through semesters 1 and 2. During semester 3, block delivery will take place 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 ensuring knowledge is embedded through experience and applied in industry-focused project work.

You will be integrated with the wider Engineering community wherever possible to provide opportunities for collaboration and experience of working in 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.


The degree standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng. Tech). Further professional development and registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate com​petence and undergoing professional review.

Support for apprentices and employers

Learners have a personal tutor who will remain a source of advice and guidance throughout their apprenticeship. They 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 learner and the programme.

Entry requirements

This is a Level 6 degree apprenticeship.

Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering-related subject. They will also usually require you to have A Levels at grade C or above in both a Maths-based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Maths-related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.​

Direct entry into Level 5 or 6 is 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.


Dedicated engineering space

Learners have access to our dedicated Engineering space with industry leading Festo manufacturing and control systems lab equipment, computer and engineering software suite and prototyping workshop. ​


Tailored to meet industry needs - and yours

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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Call +44 (0)1242 715 498​​​