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Mechanical Engineering (Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship) (Pending Validation)


Course Overview

The course allows for a wide range of practical activities and opportunities for team working, data analysis and problem solving, incorporating various computer-based IT engineering applications. Students have access to industry standard design software packages including Solid Works, AutoCAD, Cosmos FEA, and are encouraged to develop their IT skills using software such as Microsoft Office. The course offers the opportunity to prepare for a range of technical and management careers in mechanical engineering and manufacture engineering. In addition, the course allows for progression onto the second year of an Honours Degree programme in a related discipline. This programme enables employees to undertake a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering validated by Ulster University. The programme is delivered part time day release one day and evening per week over three years. This programme will also develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. The final year incorporates a Work based Learning module worth 40 credits. Assessment is a combination of coursework and examinations.
  • Start Date
    16 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Ulster University Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship Mechanical Engineering (Pending Validation)
    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

If you are an individual based in NI that needs to upskill

* Terms and Conditions apply

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Awarding Body
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Course Modules

  • Mathematics for Engineering
  • Mechanical Science
  • Graphical Communication and CAD
  • Business Management and Improvement Techniques
  • Engineering Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Design with Parametric CAD
  • Heat Transfer
  • Strength of Materials
  • Work Based Learning
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

56 UCAS points; Applicants must have Level 3 passes in at least one of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Science or Technology (or equivalent), and a minimum Grade C/4 in GCSE Mathematics* and English (or University-approved equivalent**).OR Relevant Access course with an overall mark of at least 41%, including passes in Mathematics and a Science subject.

ROI Requirements

56 UCAS Points; Applicants must have at least one of Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology Engineering, Science or Technology at H5 Higher level and 4 OLCs (Grade O4 or above) Maths and English at Grade H6 or above (Higher Level) or Grade O4 or above (Ordinary Level) if not sitting at Higher Level OR Relevant Access course with an overall mark of at least 41%, including passes in Mathematics and a Science subject

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 6 - 7 studies exist then participants may wish to consider continuing their progression as a Higher Level Apprentice. Successful completion of the Foundation Degree with appropriate grades enables progression to Year 2 BEng (Hons) degree pathway of related degree at Ulster University or similar degrees at other universities. Your Future Career Careers in engineering are popular due to their prestige, positive job outlook and the higher than average salary.

Career Prospects

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


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