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FdEng Integrated Engineering – Manufacturing

Higher apprenticeship

Drilling machines in workshopThe first of two apprenticeship courses you can study while working – a 3 year foundation degree, developed into a full degree with a 2 year top-up.


How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. In this case, the combination of the foundation course and the BEng Manufacturing Engineering top-up degree meets two apprenticeship 'standards'. So you can choose to work towards one of the following standards – Manufacturing Engineer or Control/Technical Support Engineer. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is September 2019

The course normally takes 3 years part-time, with another 2 years to complete the degree top-up, followed by an endpoint assessment which you'll complete within a further 6 months.



1. Course summary

  • Study the underlying principles of engineering before specialising in manufacturing.
  • Apply your learning in the workplace and complete projects in systems design.
  • Gain a foundation degree and progress into the Manufacturing Engineering top-up degree.

Employers are looking for engineering technicians who can combine specialist knowledge with an appreciation of the different engineering disciplines. Additionally, the Engineering UK 2016 report recommends the number of graduates entering engineering occupations needs to double by 2022. So with these qualifications and accreditation from The Institution of Engineering and Technology you’ll be in a great position to develop your career.



2. How you learn

You’ll learn while working in a current engineering role, so while you study you’ll have the flexibility to work in various roles across your organisation. As part of the course you’ll analyse, design, prototype and test control and instrumentation systems and components. You’ll also gain an understanding of business operations and employability.

You learn through

  • part-time study at Sheffield Hallam
  • workplace learning
  • coursework
  • in-class timed assessments
  • portfolio work



3. Where you'll study

You'll study at our City Campus, in modern teaching labs with state of the art testing and analysis equipment.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

The usual entry requirements include GCSE (or equivalent) maths and English at Grade C, 4 or above – plus one of the following

  • 112 UCAS points from a relevant science or technology A-level – or two AS-levels – or BTEC qualifications
  • an advanced VCE double award in a relevant engineering, manufacturing or technology topic
  • an EdExcel/BTEC/SCOTVEC National Certificate or Diploma in a science or technology subject
  • a pass in the preparatory year of the Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics or another suitable science or technology foundation or access course (with an overall average mark of at least 40%
  • an equivalent qualification

Though we may also consider candidates with relevant work experience.



5. Modules

Year 1 • maths and engineering science • business and project management • engineering principles • manufacturing processes
Year 2 • computing for engineers • maths for materials and design
• investigative project plus your choice of • power hydraulics and control • introduction to PLCs • materials engineering • control and instrumentation
Year 3 • work-based project • engineering design and manufacture
• production and operations management • process improvement and lean operations


6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.



How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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