Where will this course lead?

The Higher Apprenticeship framework for Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Level 4 has been designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sector with high grade technicians and engineers who have practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification. The framework will facilitate seamless progression from level 4 to level qualifications and enable apprentices to work towards Incorporated Engineer status.

The Maintenance Pathway is designed for roles within Manufacturing including:
- Engineering Services Maintenance Senior Technician
- Manufacturing Plant Maintenance Senior Technician

What will I study?

This apprenticeship is formed of two qualifications

The technical qualifications can be selected from the following pathways
- Pearson HNC Diploma Manufacturing Engineering OR
- Pearson HNC Diploma Electrical & Electronic Engineering OR
- Pearson HNC Diploma General Engineering OR
- Pearson HNC Diploma Mechanical Engineering

The vocational qualification is a Level 4 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacture with units chosen in consultation with your employer.

How will this course be delivered?

These courses are delivered through classroom teaching and practical workshops.

You will also be allocated an assessor who will visit you in the workplace to support the development of the evidence required for the NVQ level 4.

What qualifications will I get?

Higher Level Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering (Maintenance)

How will I be assessed?

All modules are assessed by assignments; each unit's assessment is matched to the content of the unit. Each unit can be assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction levels, which are combined at the end of the qualification to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction for the technical qualification.

How do I get a place on the course?

Employers can receive advice and support from the Employer Services team at Solihull College and University Centre

What are the entry requirements?

In order to optimise success candidates will typically have 5 GCSE's at Grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as an A Level at grade C/4 or above in a related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC. However, exceptional candidates or those with experience in engineering can be considered on a case by case basis.
Employers are welcome to engage with our full time learners already studying engineering qualifications if they need assistance in recruiting apprentices. Links can be made through the College Employer Services team.

What else do I need to know?

Please contact the College Employer Services Business Advisors, or Contact the Head of School of Engineering.

What can I do after this course?

You may be able to progress onto a degree apprenticeship.



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