The Degree Apprenticeship course has been designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sector with high grade engineers that have practical skills and a higher education qualification. It facilitates seamless progression from Level 4 to 6 to enable apprentices to work towards Incorporated Engineer status.
This programme is suitable for those who are in employment in an engineering role and is intended to develop higher level practical and knowledge-based skills in engineering and design that are relevant to the work place. The programme will require students to be able to utilise the activities undertaken in the workplace to inform and support the learning from the programme. It is well suited to those who have previously completed an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering.
There are different pathways available within this Apprenticeship including Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic and Manufacturing. The programme is delivered in partnership with Buckingham New University with taught elements being provided at Newbury College. The degree component of the apprenticeship is a Buckinghamshire New University qualification that is taught at Newbury College. Apprentices attend classes at the college, typically delivered one day per week in term time.
Apprentices develop leadership, management, research, project development and management, design and application skills through the completion of study units undertaken through both academic qualifications, which are delivered in College, and competence-based qualifications, that are assessed in the workplace.
In the final year, units include: Leadership and Management, Planning, Design and Analysis and a Project Dissertation.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above, including Maths, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering-related subject, as well as A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Engineering qualification with UCAS points worth 64 or above.
Applicants can also enter following the completion of an HNC or HND in Engineering. Applications are also welcomed from mature students.
Applicants must be in employment and supported by their employer to follow this programme. (A similar B.Eng degree is available for those whose employers are unable to support the apprenticeship).
NVQ Level 4, HND in Engineering, B.Eng (Hons) Engineering Design (awarded by Buckinghamshire New University).
Each module of study is assessed summatively and awarded credits.Assessments include a practical research and design project as well as assignments that may include the production of theoretical and analytical reports. Examinations may be required for assessment of some units. At Level 6, all assessments are conducted by Buckinghamshire New University using the university grading system. The Degree Apprenticeship will have an End Point Assessment (EPA) following the completion of all components i.e. NVQ Level 4, HND and B.Eng Engineering Design Degree. The EPA confirms the achievement of the Degree Apprenticeship.
Degree apprentices study throughout the whole year with 20% of their time in taught and supported learning. This learning should enable the application of skills and knowledge in the workplace and draw upon the activities of the workplace to inform further learning and research.
Applicants must be in relevant engineering employment and require their employer's support to participate in this programme of study.
Following the B.Eng Degree, subject to institution approval, degree apprentices can apply for professional status with organisations that are expected to include: The Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Fees and Additional Costs
Degree apprentices are provided with reading lists and students may choose to purchase key texts to support their programme. The research project may involve additional costs depending on materials required by the learner to carry out the project. Travel costs for study visits will also be additional.