Course Title Advanced Engineering Level 3 Apprenticeship
Level: 3
Code M24-D

Overview of the Course

This Advanced Apprenticeship programme in engineering is ideal for those who have already completed a Level 2 qualification in Engineering, or are interested in pursuing a career in the engineering industry. The Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 covers a broad range of engineering sectors and the detail of the skills acquired will depend on the chosen pathway but can include; Electronics, Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacture and Technical Services and provides the skills and knowledge to operate at Craft or Technician level.

Key Units/Learning Aims
During the first year the apprentice will normally undertake the NVQ units in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), the BTEC Sub-Diploma in Engineering, relevant functional skills and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills within the college environment.

During the second year the apprentice will normally complete the technical certificate - BTEC Diploma in Engineering and commence the NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma and Employment Rights and Responsibilities.

During the 3rd year the apprentice will complete the NVQ extended diploma and cover:

• Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
• Engineering Maintenance
• Fabrication and Welding
• Materials Processing and Finishing
• Engineering Technical Support
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Installation and Commissioning
• Engineering Tool making

Optional units will be chosen with the assessor to ensure they meet the scope of works that will be carrying out with the employer. Assignments allow for the opportunity to prepare written work based on observations.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements are dependent on each individual employer, usually a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* to C including mathematics and English Language. In addition a GSCE at A* to C/9-4 in Science or a BTEC Level 2 or Extended Diploma in Engineering or other equivalent qualification is an advantage. A keen interest in the design and manufacture of products or electro-mechanical engineering maintenance is essential.


Upon successful completion the apprentice may progress on to a Higher National Certificate HNC, (BTEC Level 4 HNC in Mechanical or Electrical/Electronic Engineering).

Course Duration

24-36 months

Apprentice Benefits

  •  Earn while you learn
  •  Learning skills that employers want
  •  Excellent progression routes
  •  Increase career opportunities and earning potential
  •  Improve your confidence

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of your apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional skills are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and the level you will work towards will depend on the previous qualifications you have achieved, the results of an assessment prior to your apprenticeship and the requirements of the apprenticeship you are completing. If you have not already achieved Level 2 English and maths you must study for and take the tests for Level 2 English and maths and achiieve Level 1 English and maths for Level 2 Apprenticeship.


Development of the job role competencies and skills and behaviours can be delivered exclusively by Bury College, co-delivered with a workplace mentor who will work alongside the Learning and Skills Coach to support and log the apprentice's progress. The dedicated, qualified Learning and Skills Coach will support the teaching and learning of the apprentice in their development of Engineering Operations knowledge and competence in their work-based activities. For the Level 3 Engineering certificate, the Learning and Skills Coach will visit on a regular basis to support with developing the electronic portfolio which is used as evidence for the completion of the qualifications. Assessment of the Apprentice's progress in their workplace competencies involves: • Observations • Professional discussions • Question and answer sessions • Reviews • Assignments

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