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Engineering (Electrical/Electronic or Technical Support) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Bedford College

Course description

A Level 3 Apprenticeship is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of engineering activities. This course will combine the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through a College course.

Course content

A typical engineering apprenticeship will last around 3½ to 4 years and involve a number of different elements:

  • A knowledge-based technical certificate in engineering that is broadly equivalent to two ‘A’ levels.
  • A competency-based NVQ.  Learning takes place at college in the first year and in your place of work for the remaining years.
  • PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • ERR – Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Functional Skills – these are only studied if you do not have grade ‘C’ or above in GCSE English and mathematics.


Although not part of the apprenticeship many employers will sponsor their apprentices to complete a Higher National Certificate (HNC – equivalent to the first year at university) and / or a Higher National Diploma (HND – equivalent to the first two years at university).

Entry requirements

In order to begin this apprenticeship you must be employed full-time in a role relevant to the course. You must also have a minimum of four GCSES at grades A*-C, which would ideally include English, maths and science.


A variety of assessment methods (written answers, practical tasks, presentations etc.) will be used to allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the different elements.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this Apprenticeship you may wish to continue your studies by undertaking a higher qualification. 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

Attendance requirements

Your attendance pattern at college will depend on the needs of your employer and what they want you to achieve in the designated timeframe (i.e. whether or not they want you to achieve a HNC/D in addition to your apprenticeship). Current attendance patterns that are offered in the first year of an apprenticeship are:

  • Year-off-the-job: in the first year apprentices attend college five days per week; they do not attend the workplace until the second year of their apprenticeship.
  • A four-one pattern: in the first year apprentices attend college four days per week and spend one day per week in the workplace. 
  • A two-three pattern: in the first year apprentices attend college two days per week and spend three days per week in the workplace. 
  • A one-four pattern: in the first year apprentices attend college one day per week and spend four days per week in the workplace.


The attendance pattern that your employer chooses will influence how many years you will need to attend college; could range from one to four years.

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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