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Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship BEng (Hons)

What is Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship BEng (Hons)?

​​​​​​​​Apprentices learn on industry 4.0 manufacturing systems and gain a BEng upon successful completion.​​ This degree apprenticeship has been designed to prepare learners for the dynamic manufacturing engineering environment. It provides 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 are provided by this apprenticeship.

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 apprenticeship’s Standard to ensure that learners are equipped with the relevant skills, behaviours and knowledge to meet the requirements of the End Point Assessment.​

The final End Point Assessment consists of a case study presentation to showcase the work that the learner has completed during their apprenticeship, as well as 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 existing qualifications do not provide all the required competencies.​

Study style

The apprenticeship runs over three semesters throughout the year and learners are typically required to attend university 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 learners are in the workplace.​

Modules cover theory, practical and lab-based activity, ensuring knowledge is embedded through experience and is applied in industry-focused project work. Learners are integrated with the wider Engineering learning 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.

Support for apprentices and employers

Learners have a Personal Tutor who will remain a source of advice and guidance throughout their apprenticeship. They’ll​ 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.

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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.

Course modules


Industry links

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.


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).

Dedicated engineering space

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

Tailored to meet industry needs – and yours

This programme has been developed in consultation with employers, meaning content is highly relevant and meets industry needs.

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