Course overview

Engineering Higher Apprenticeship City of Bristol College

This apprenticeship is for students who are employed as an apprentice in an engineering role. Complete your apprenticeship with us and become an outstanding professional in your workplace.

Alongside your employer, we can support you to complete your Level 4 apprenticeship in engineering. Our specialist areas include:

  • Aerospace
  • Electrical and electronic
  • Mechanical manufacturing engineering

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If you don’t have an employer, you could choose to study for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering.

Additional information

Who is it for?

This apprenticeship will give you the qualifications, hands-on experience and confidence to lead you into a career in engineering.

You will become a high-grade technician or engineer with practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification. This qualification will help you progress to Level 5/6. You will work towards Incorporated Engineer status.

What you'll learn

On this course, you will complete:

  • a Level 4 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacture (QCF)
  • an HNC in a relevant engineering discipline.

The Higher Apprenticeship will give you the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be successful in your engineering career.

Entry requirements

To join this apprenticeship, you need to be in employment as a Higher Apprentice.

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You will also need a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in Engineering. In addition, most of our students have the following:

  • an A Level at grade C or above in either Maths, Physics or Mechanical Engineering
  • five GCSEs including English, Maths and Science Grade 4 or above
  • to pass an engineering aptitude test.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Alongside your employment as a Higher Apprentice, you will attend sessions at City of Bristol College. These sessions are tailored to complement your on-the-job learning.

You will finish the apprenticeship with a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities you need to become a successful engineer.

You will learn from our experienced and supportive teachers.

You will be assessed through observations, assignments and online assessment.

Future career and study opportunities

On completion of this qualification, you could progress to degree-level study. You could also undertake further industry-specific qualifications to enhance your role and position within the industry.

Additional costs

You will need to provide your own personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of boots and uniform/clothing. You will also need pens, books, drawing equipment and a scientific calculator.

Blended learning

To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.

To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.

Find out more about how we’ve adapted due to COVID-19.