Course Title Advanced Engineering Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
Level: 4
Code M24-E

Overview of the Course

This Level 4 Advanced Engineering qualification is for anyone wanting to gain a comprehensive understanding of the engineering function along with the practical experience of working in an engineering environment. If you are interested in achieving engineering technical or incorporated engineer status in your chosen specialism, this course is tailored to your needs. This higher apprenticeship includes mandatory units and a range of optional units. There are three pathways to select, which will be discussed with your employer and are dependent on the company’s needs. You will need to complete Level 2 PEO units if you do not already have these. There are mandatory units common to all pathways which will be delivered in year 1. These include: Analytical Methods for Engineers, Engineering Science, Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation. There are a choice of specialist optional units which will be selected and delivered in year 2, dependent on business needs. These include: Mechanical Principles, Manufacturing Process, Computer–aided Design and Manufacturing, Electrical and Electronical Measurement and Testing, Principles and Applications of Microcontrollers, Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits, Manufacturing Processes, Programmable Logic Controllers, Engineering Design and Advanced Computer-aided Design Techniques. This course will involve 20% of your time to be dedicated to off the job training.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be working in the engineering or advanced manufacturing sector in a supervisory role and you must hold an advanced apprenticeship or equivalent Level 3 qualification in a related field. PEO at Level 2 can be offered as part of the course.


Higher qualification.

Course Duration

24 months.

Apprentice Benefits

  •  Recognised worldwide, this Higher Apprenticeship is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional body
  • You will have the opportunity to progress towards Level 5/6 and Incorporated Engineer status
  • Higher apprenticeships are the next step up from advanced apprenticeships and develops a range of skills related directly to the job role
  • Completion of this qualification enables you to meet the needs of employers

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 achieve Level 1 English and maths for Level 2 Apprenticeship.


You will be required to show technical knowledge and competence through work activities. Assessments are conducted in the workplace through observation of the duties carried out and a range of other methods including witness statements, professional discussions and reflective accounts. You will also need to submit a portfolio of evidence and undertake research. The qualification is flexible to meet the needs of the job, however, home study and research will be required for assignments.

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