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BEng (Honours) Mechanical Engineering

Degree apprenticeship top-up

Students in protective clothing working with machineryTop up your foundation degree apprenticeship or prior experience by gaining a degree qualification while you work.


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. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case either the Control/Technical Support Engineer or Product Design and Development 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 2 years part-time, followed by an endpoint assessment which you'll complete within 6 months.



1. Course summary

  • Develop your qualifications to degree-level to help you progress your career further.
  • Further your knowledge of engineering principles and apply your learning on the job.
  • Design creative and innovative solutions and devices using modern technology.

There’s a demand for engineers who can combine a sound knowledge of engineering applications with the ability to apply engineering techniques, and to develop, test and maintain them. The EEF ‘Skills for Growth’ report says there’s a shortfall of 20,000 graduates a year, so this is an ideal time to gain this qualification and accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.



2. How you learn

As well as expanding your understanding of mechanical engineering, you’re encouraged to specialise in an area that interests you, and to undertake active projects within the workplace. You’ll also gain the professional and personal skills you need to progress your career within industry and commercial engineering enterprises.

You learn through

  • part-time study at Sheffield Hallam
  • workplace learning
  • exams
  • coursework
  • project reports
  • 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

As this is a top-up course, you’ll normally need to have completed the FdEng Integrated Engineering – Mechanical apprenticeship beforehand.

We may also consider candidates who have prior learning or experience – although, to complete the apprenticeship you'll have to evidence your knowledge of foundation course learning as well as the top-up course.



5. Modules

Year 1 • applied structural mechanics and finite element analysis • design evaluation methodology • further thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
Year 2 • engineering project management and individual project • systems engineering


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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