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The Higher Apprenticeship framework for Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Level 4 has been designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sectors with high grade technicians and engineers who have practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification. This will facilitate progression to Level 5/6 qualifications and enable them to work towards ‘Incorporated Engineer’ status. Higher Apprentices will undertake higher-level technical occupations in such sectors as aerospace, nuclear, mechanical, electrical / electronics, automotive, maintenance, wind generation, research and development, marine, space and rail engineering.

Entry Requirements

Entry at level 4 within the framework is flexible in that applicants may have a variety of qualifications such as A/AS Levels, Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Engineering, Advanced Apprenticeship on Engineering or without formal qualifications can show, possibly through a portfolio, that they have the potential to complete this apprenticeship, through having previously worked in the sector at Level 3 or are currently employed in the sector and are looking for personal development and career progression.

Please note: Applicants for this apprenticeship framework need to be 18+ years

Work placement must be in-situ before the apprenticeship starts. This can be found by either yourself and/or Weymouth College

Course Content

The qualifications you will be working towards for achievement are:

  • Level 4 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacture
  • Level 4 HNC in Manufacturing Engineering


This Apprenticeship provides excellent preparation towards professional registration as an Engineering Technician and progression to incorporated Engineer registration via the Level 6 framework. It may also, where appropriate, provide progression to a range of honours degrees.

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