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Advanced Technician in Engineering – General Engineering (Level 4 Higher Level Apprenticeship)


Course Overview

In year 1 of the apprenticeship, apprentices undertake study of a module in Engineering Mathematics, which consolidates and builds upon the apprentices understanding and knowledge of mathematics. Students also study the application of science in engineering through an Engineering Science module. Apprentices also undertake study of CAD using industry standard software such as SOLIDWORKS and the application of CAD/CAM in manufacture. In the 2nd year apprentices undertake study of Quality and Process Improvement and Fluid Mechanics. They also study Engineering Design process and apply knowledge and experience to undertake an Engineering project. The apprenticeship delivery model consists of 1 day release (off-the-job) to attend NWRC 9.00am to 6.00pm (8hrs) over 34 weeks and 4 days within the workplace (on-the-job learning). The apprenticeship is completed over 2 years and the technical qualification element is a HNC credit value of 120.The two-year delivery model includes a HNC General Engineering technical qualification and in addition, an optional Level 3 Mathematics module will be delivered in year 1 for those apprentices who require consolidation in the understanding of mathematics.
  • Start Date
    29 Aug 2022
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Higher Level Apprenticeship: Advanced Technician in Engineering – General Engineering
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS points at GCE A level with at least one pass in a related discipline, plus pass in GCSE mathematics ( or equivalent ) OR a BTEC level 3 qualification in an engineering discipline OR An Irish Leaving Certificate: equivalent to 32 UCAS points (to include mathematics at C3)OR Mature students with alternative qualifications will be considered for admission and APEL. Interview required.

What's Next?

Further Study

Successful completion of this Level 4 Engineering HLA course will enable students to seek employment as Higher Engineering Technicians and Incorporated Engineers in the local engineering/manufacturing industry. Apprentices will also be able to progress to the following BEng Hons programmes: BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering (Jordanstown) FT, BEng Hons Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Magee) FT and PT, BEng Hons Mechatronic Engineering (Jordanstown) FT and PT, BEng Hons Renewable Energy Engineering at Magee (FT and PT) and other HE institutions including QUB. The importance of engineering qualifications and training has been recognised by Government and the Advanced Manufacturing Industry has been identified by the MATRIX Panel has a key area for economic growth.


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    I now have the opportunity to progress to University and achieve my chosen degree in only two years due to the preparation I received here at NWRC.
    Jordan Downey (former Student Union President)
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    I’m so glad I was able to spend the last 2 years focused on Art, rather than having to study 3 different subjects
    Caroline Barr

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