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Engineering (Craft and Technician) Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in at Brooklands College

Course description

An Apprenticeship in Engineering will develop your employability skills and give you valuable experience of working in a engineering environment.

You will need to be working in an engineering environment working a minimum of 30 hours per week, and have a contract of employment.

You will be working in milling, turning, welding and/or fabrication (including CNC), and have access to removing, repairing, replacing and testing components in an engineering environment. This will give you the training for working on the job in a mechanical workshop.

Course content

To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Engineering (job role specific)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (under pinning knowledge)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths, English and ICT
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

NVQs are available in Mechanical Manufacturing, Fabrication and Welding, plus some other specialist subject areas.

Mandatory units include:

  • Health & Safety
  • Using Data and Documentation
  • Working Effectively and Efficiently in Engineering
  • Principles of Engineering.

Optional Units within the NVQs cover a range of areas, including:

  • Setting and using machines, manual or CNC, covering lathes, milling, grinding, cutting, punching
  • Producing and fitting mechanical or electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Preparing and using a variety of welding techniques, for sheet metal and/or pipework
  • Engineering technical support, including drawing, programming for CNC, quality control and Business Operational Support.

Entry requirements

You will need to demonstrate an interest in working in the engineering sector.
A minimum prior achievement of level 2 is required. Many candidates will have completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in Engineering, or a level 2 or Level 3 full time course in engineering.

Otherwise candidates will need to have achieved or be expected to achieve minimum grade B in Maths, minimum grade C in English and one science, plus two further GCSEs at minimum grade C. However you will be given an initial assessment in Maths and English and an interview to determine suitability for the level 3 course.

All applicants applying for an apprenticeship will be required to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments.


You will come to college for one day per week over two academic years, to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (unless already achieved).

You will be compile a portfolio of evidence within the workplace, which will be reviewed and assessed by an assessor through regular workplace visits, in order to achieve the NVQ in Engineering.

If you have not achieved a minimum grade C at GCSE within the past 5 years in each of Maths, English and ICT, then you will be required to take external and internal examinations for functional skills in each subject.

Financial information

Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 – 18 years.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this apprenticeship a variety of options are available.

Prior apprentices have continued to work as experienced machinists or welders, or progressed their careers to become CNC programmers, designers, quality control or measurement inspectors, team leaders or into other specialist roles.

You may be eligible to progress onto the Level 4 Foundation Degree course in Engineering to further enhance your skills and knowledge in this sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooklands College directly.

Last updated date: 19 February 2016
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