Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 inMechanical Manufacturing Engineering

The designated Technical Certificate underpins the knowledge elements of the competence qualification in this pathway. The knowledge qualification delivers essential underpinning knowledge which supports the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles that equip apprentices with the understanding required to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level within this sub-sector.
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Key Facts

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College Code: C-AP4MME

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

This Apprenticeship provides excellent preparation towards professional registration as an Engineering Technician and progression to Incorporated Engineer registration via the Level 6 framework. It may also, where appropriate, provide progression to a range of honours degrees.

Course Content

  • Level 4 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacture
  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Manufacture
  • Employment Right and Responsibilities (ERR)

Assessment Methods

Assessment of the units in the competency qualification should be carried out in line with: 'The units must be assessed in a work environment and must be assessed in accordance with the Common Requirements for National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) in the QCF’ which can be downloaded from Semta’s website. Additional assessment requirements have been published by Semta. These additional assessment requirements are set down in Semta’s Engineering NVQ QCF unit assessment strategy which can also be downloaded from Semta’s website.

Entry Requirements

  • Have A or AS levels in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subjects and
    GCSEs in English, Maths, and Science - grade C (new equivalent grade 4) or above
  • Have completed an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship or have completed a 14 to 19
    Advanced Diploma in Engineering or Manufacturing
  • Have previous work experience or employment in engineering at Level 3.

English & Maths

Prior to completing the Apprenticeship, Apprentice must achieve Level 1 Maths & English and be working towards and attempt Level 2 Maths & English (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C). If Maths & English Functional Skills are required, these are typically taught in college in specialist functional skill classes.

Progression Opportunities

Progression to the higher framework for Advanced Manufacturing (Mechanical - Level 6). Please note there is no Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship programme.

Employment as a technician in mechanical engineering in a variety of job roles and functions.

Delivery Model

Delivery methods for knowledge based qualifications may vary, from a conventional college-based environment, to delivery through a combination of this and written/web-based/distance learning materials.

Payment Breakdown

Levy (via Digital Apprenticeship Service DAS) Non-Levy (direct debit arrangement)
Total cost to employer £12000 £1,200
Monthly cost £333.24 £100
End Point Assessment N/A N/A
Payment Terms 36 Months 12 Months

If an employer has less than 50 employees with the apprentice aged 16-18 at the start of training it is fully funded (no cost to the employer).

*All details correct at time of print. Additional costs may apply

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