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Design and development engineers

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Mechanical engineers

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Why Engineering?

There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified engineers, and employers increasingly need committed, well trained and enthusiastic workers. York College has good relationships with employers across the York and North Yorkshire region, in the fields of Engineering Manufacturing & Maintenance, Fabrication & Welding and Engineering Production.

There are 3 different ‘frameworks’ to choose from through this Advanced Apprenticeship:

  • Mechanical Manufacturing
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • Electrical and Electronic

(See Apprenticeship Standards for the Maintenance and Technical Support Apprenticeship Routes)

Qualification and Level

Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering (Level 3)

What will be studied?

  • NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma (including level 2 Performing Engineering Operations)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (Electrical/Electronic or Mechanical Engineering or Engineering)
  • Or EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Fabrication & Welding Technology
  • Functional Skills/GCSE in Maths, English and ICT (minimum of C/4/5)
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Are there any entry criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

You should have as a minimum 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including GCSE Maths at grade 5 (or minimum of C on the higher paper) and GCSE English grade 4 (or minimum of C) and also a science or technical subject at C or above. (Please note for the Fabrication and Welding framework Maths is acceptable at grade 4, or C on the Foundation Paper).

Method of Delivery

Apprentices attend College on day release for the first two years and work for their employer for the rest of the week.

How is the qualification assessed?

NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma: you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work, that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments and written tests.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma: is assessed through the completion of assignments.


2 years.

What next?

After achieving an Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship, most employees will have the opportunity of further professional development within their company. In some cases this can lead to the status of Incorporated Engineer within a Professional Institute, or further study such as HNC/D or Foundation Degrees, or Higher Apprenticeship.

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