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Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Level 3 at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This is a three year Engineering Apprenticeship Programme for employed people aged 16+ who have recently started or are about to start working in an engineering environment and aim to achieve a recognised sector skills qualification. This programme is fully funded for 16-18 year olds, and partially funded for the 19+ age group.

Advanced Apprenticeships are available in:
• Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
• Engineering Maintenance
• Electrical and Electronic Servicing
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Technical Support
• Engineering Toolmaking
• Installation & Commissioning


This framework is made up of the following components. In order to be successful you must complete and achieve all elements.

Initial Engineering Training - this part of the Apprenticeship is carried out in a training centre or college, it is very practical and is an NVQ Level 2 qualification in Performing Engineering Operations. You will need to complete 3 units for this part of the programme. There is a variable skills pathway available.

Main NVQ/developmental stage training - the qualification is made up of units, usually 3 mandatory units and a choice of pathway units at Level 3.

Technical Diploma - Level 3
• Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
• Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
• EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering & Technology (Machining)
• EAL Level 3 Progressive Diploma in Engineering & Technology (Maintenance)

Functional Skills - Engineering frameworks include 3 Functional Skills at Level 2:
• Mathematics
• English

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

You will require: overalls, safety boots, ring binder/subject dividers, pens, drawing instruments, Zeus book and a scientific calculator.

Entry requirements

All applicants wishing to enrol will need to meet with a member of staff beforehand, and must be employed by a company willing to support them. You will need to be aged 16 years or older to be eligible for an Apprenticeship. You will also need a good general education and a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) in Maths, English, Science and one other relevant subject to your chosen pathway.


We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Assessment on all Apprenticeship programmes is by continuous assessment method for the NVQ parts of the framework. The Technical Diploma and Functional Skills will have examined units that will be tested. Portfolio evidence will be a major part of the assessment procedure. You will be assigned an assessor by the college to help monitor and review your training progress.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Progression to higher level qualifications in engineering such as HNC, HND, degree or more specialist training programmes in your chosen field of expertise, or a higher level apprenticeship framework.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 May 2019
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