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BEng (Honours) Mechanical Engineering Technology

Degree apprenticeship

Students in protective clothing working with machineryThis degree apprenticeship will give you the understanding of mechanical engineering technology to progress as a product design and development engineer in a range of sectors.

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 the 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 will be in October 2023

The course normally takes 3 and a half 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.

The course is suitable to a range of applicants from school leavers just starting their engineering career with an apprenticeship to more experienced employees looking to top-up current qualifications, such as ONC or HNC, to degree level.


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'll apply academic knowledge gained to the workplace in ways specific your role to develop the range of knowledge, skills and behaviours specified in the apprenticeship standard.

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 and cutting edge software which you'll use throughout your study.

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

Typically you will need 112 UCAS points.

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications to include mathematics or a mathematics-based subject to at least AS level. For example:
• BBC at A Level including mathematics or a mathematics-based subject plus at least one other from physics, physical science, engineering science, computer science, technology, chemistry or other science or technology subject. 
• DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a science or technology-based subject (including passes in mathematics and two other science or technology-based modules)
• A combination of qualifications which must include mathematics or a mathematics-based subject

• English Language at grade C or 4
• Maths at grade C or 4

Considerations will be given, under the discretion of the course leader, for applicants with appropriate work experience, through SHU's RPL process. Apprentices who RPL either English Language or Maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above will be required to gain this/these formal qualification/s before prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

5. Modules

Students will study 120 credits per year for Levels 4 and 5 (first and second year). Level 6 will be delivered over 1.5 years, with the taught modules delivered within Year 3 and the remaining 6 months dedicated to the final year engineering project, which is 40 credits).

Year 1 • engineering principles • materials and manufacturing engineering • design and CAD • engineering mathematics and statistics • ethical engineering practice (work-based learning) • investigative project for apprentices (work-based learning) • 
Year 2 • statics and dynamics for apprentices • thermofluids for apprentices • control and automation • developing an engineering portfolio • engineering business management for apprentices (work-based learning) • applied project for apprentice (work-based learning) • 
Year 3 • advances in engineering • design evaluation • computational engineering • engineering ops and lean • engineering project & portfolio (40 credits, work-based learning) • 


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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