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

Pearson BTEC

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 PLCs 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 7.00pm (7hrs) 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
    16 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher Level Apprenticeship Advanced Technician in Engineering – General Engineering
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 16/09/2024
    Part time per annum fee to be confirmed

You may be eligible for funding on this course *

If you are an employer or employee of a NI based company

* Terms and Conditions apply

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Course Modules

  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • CAD for Maintenance Engineers
  • Engineering Design
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Computer Aided Design & Manufacture
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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 (Grade C or equivalent ) OR a BTEC level 3 qualification in an engineering discipline.

ROI Requirements

32 UCAS points at Leaving Cert with at least one pass in a related discipline, O5 mathematics ( or equivalent ) OR a BTEC level 3 qualification in an engineering discipline.

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Interview Required

Work Placement

You will need to be in employment or about to take up employment in a company relevant to your chosen profession. You can be an existing employee upskilling and moving to a new job role or a newly recruited employee taking up a permanent contract of employment.

What's Next?

Further Study

If pathways to HLA level 5 HND studies exist then participants may wish to consider continuing their progression as a Higher Level Apprentice. Successful completion of the Higher National Diploma with appropriate grades can enable progression to Year 2 BEng (Hons) degree pathway of related degree at Ulster University or similar degrees at other universities. Your Future Career The course will enable you to seek employment as Higher Engineering Technicians and Incorporated Engineers in the local engineering/manufacturing industry.

Career Prospects

Whether you want to specialise in electrical, electronics,mechanical, manufacturing, production, aeronautical, energy supply, communications or maintenance engineering, there is a wide range of engineering opportunities available in Ireland, the UK and abroad.


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    The Computing department at NWRC is top class. I just received a £22k bursary from the JP McManus Scholarship to support me in my studies!
    Aileen Barber (Computing)
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    My lecturers have been so supportive and helpful, the course modules are enjoyable and there's plenty of opportunities for students.
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