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Food and Drink Advanced Engineer

Food and Drink Advanced Engineer


The Food Engineering Degree Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with the food and drink sector’s engineering apprenticeship trailblazer group and the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink. The course delivers against the National Apprenticeship Standard, and is co-designed with national and regional industry partners. 
The apprenticeship is suitable for both existing staff such as technicians and engineers, and people new to the sector. 

The course will deliver against the nationally recognised Level 6 Food and Drink Advanced Engineer Degree Apprenticeship standard. The apprenticeship includes a combination of work-based learning modules and specialist food engineering education, which leads to a BEng Hons Food Engineering degree. 
Studying in our National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering, students will have access to world-class facilities and be part of a dynamic, industry focussed academic community.
If you have 15 or more potential apprentices, we can tailor the programme to your business.

Course length and entry requirements

The apprenticeship is usually delivered over 60 months. 

Participants attend the University on a block-study basis throughout the year. The programme adopts a blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of lectures, class-based seminars, practical workshops and discussions, and tutor-led study. 

The integrated end-point assessment is the final stage of the apprenticeship and enables the apprentice to demonstrate checks that the employee meets the apprenticeship standard and is ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Eligible candidates will typically meet the following entry requirements

  • GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics, English language or literature, and a science subject at grade C or grade 4, or above – plus one of the following

  • 112 UCAS points from A levels (including at least 64 points from two A levels), or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including mathematics of a mathematics-based subject to at least AS level). We accept AS levels, EPQ and General Studies.
  • Other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience are considered individually.

Learn more

Find out more about how higher and degree apprenticeships can have a positive impact on your business. You can also read about funding and incentives or explore other useful information, including policies and FAQs.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, email or phone 0114 225 5000 to speak to our apprenticeships team.  

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