Mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineer

Level 6 degree apprenticeship

Develop your understanding of mechanical engineering to become a technically skilled mechanical engineer

About the apprenticeship

Course length: 4 years, part-time

Start date: September 2024

Course level: Level 6

University award: BEng (Honours) Mechanical Engineering Technology

How much it costs: funded through the employers

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.
  • Study a course co-designed with leading industry partners, such as BMW and Siemens

Engineering is an ever-growing sector. This apprenticeship will support you to directly apply engineering techniques, developing, testing and maintaining applications alongside your studies. 

The apprenticeship is suitable for both existing staff looking to advance their current qualifications to degree level, and people new to the sector including school leavers.

This course meets the product design and development apprenticeship standard.

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 to your role to develop your skills and knowledge.

You’ll learn through:

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

You will progress through the course following successful achievement of assessments, which address the learning outcomes for each module and allow you to complete the course.

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. The taught modules will be delivered within year 3. The remaining 6 months will be dedicated to the final year engineering project, which is 40 credits.

Campus facilities

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.

Entry requirements

Throughout the course, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours at university. They can be existing employees looking to develop their careers, or new applicants to the business.

Applicants must:

  • be over 18
  • not be in full time education
  • have the right to abode in the UK
  • meet the course entry requirements

GCSE (or equivalent)

Maths and English at level 2 or above (grade 4, or previously C)

If you don't have this yet, you'll need to achieve this level before you take your end-point assessment.

Through our standard process of recognition of prior experiential learning (known as RPEL) considerations will be given for applicants with appropriate work experience.

UCAS points and college grades

112 UCAS points including 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), or
  • a combination of qualifications which must include mathematics or a mathematics-based subject

Additional qualifications

We may consider applicants with relevant work experience.


Year one

  • Engineering principles for apprentices 
  • Materials and manufacturing engineering for apprentices 
  • Design and CAD for apprentices
  • Engineering mathematics and statistics for apprentices 
  • Ethical engineering practice (work-based learning) 
  • Investigative project for apprentices (work-based learning)

Year two

  • Statics and dynamics for apprentices 
  • Thermofluids for apprentices 
  • Control and automation 
  • Engineering business management for apprentices (work-based learning) 
  • Applied project for apprentice (work-based learning)

Year three

  • Advances in engineering for apprentices 
  • Design evaluation for apprentices 
  • Computational engineering for apprentices 
  • Engineering ops and lean for apprentices 
  • Engineering project & portfolio (work-based-learning)

Year four

  • End-point assessment 

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change.

Next steps

If you are an applicant

To apply for this apprenticeship, you must first have a suitable employer who can support your application. We can support you to encourage your employer to offer an apprenticeship. You will then apply for the course through them.

If you don’t currently have a job, we can help you find an apprenticeship.

If you are an employer

If you want to offer an apprenticeship for an existing employee or a new recruit, get in touch.

If you have 15 or more potential apprentices, we can tailor the programme to your business.

This course is delivered by Sheffield Hallam as part of the South Yorkshire Institute of Technology

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