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Engineering (Mechanical Manufacturing or Maintenance or Fabrication & Welding) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Bedford College

Course description

This Apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of engineering activities, and will combine the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through a college course. This Apprenticeship will give you the chance to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with the essential functional and personal skills required for both your current job role and your future career. You will learn in the workplace and complete formal off-the-job training, giving you a broad mix of industry skills and knowledge.

Course content

There a range of different pathways you can choose when studying this course, depending on your job role.

These include:

  • Fabrication and welding
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Maintenance engineering
  • Engineering technical support.

Entry requirements

To begin this Apprenticeship you must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in a relevant job role. For direct recruitment onto the course you must also have a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-E, including English, Maths and Science; alternatively you can progress from a relevant Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship programme.


Assessment of competencies within the NVQ will be carried out in the workplace in a practical environment; assessment of the knowledge requirements within the Technical Certificates will consist of a range of methods, including examinations, written tasks and presentations, or through portfolio development.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship you will be able to undertake a full range of duties related to you job role confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry, so you will be well-prepared to seek further employment. You can also continue you studies by undertaking an Engineering HNC/D. You may also look to join a professional organisation, such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Further information

A £500 per year employer contribution will be required if you are over the age of 19 at the start date of the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 February 2016
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