Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Designed in collaboration with industry professionals, the Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship offers a current and innovative suite of mechanical and manufacturing modules that will enable you to meet the future needs of industry.

West of England Institute of Technology logo.This course is offered as part of the West of England Institute of Technology, a partnership bringing together employers and education providers to develop the higher technical skills needed in the digital, engineering and health sectors. Backed by employers and with investment in the state-of-the-art equipment, you can be confident that you will be developing skills which are in demand now and in the future.

What is the Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship?

The Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship enables you to invest in your workforce through university-level tutoring and hands-on training.

Based on the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing, it will allow your employees to develop their expertise while remaining in work.  

Who is the Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship for?

The programme represents an ideal opportunity for individuals who are keen to further their engineering career by gaining a university degree.

How will your business benefit?

This apprenticeship will strengthen and develop the engineering skills of your existing talent while helping you attract promising new recruits. 

Your employees will gain a comprehensive understanding of central engineering concepts. They’ll develop vital professional skills in creative problem solving, manufacturing management, computer-aided design (CAD), modelling and simulation. Crucially, all teaching is directly applicable to the workplace, so your staff will be able to apply their learning to your company’s challenges from day one.

Why UWE Bristol?

Our multi-disciplinary approach equips apprentices with the skills and knowledge required to work in industry now and in the future. We’ll enable learners to reach their full potential through new technologies and innovative teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, reflective workshops and practical sessions. 

Apprentices will experiment in our laboratories with industry-standard electro-mechanical equipment, and develop practical skills in our rapid prototyping facility and machine shop. They’ll have the opportunity to develop prototypes using robotic assembly cells, power distribution systems and motor drives, as well as subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels.

On factory visits, learners will get to see engineering in action. They'll receive a guided tour of the shop floor and attend a presentation from the host organisation. Past visits have included Jaguar Land Rover, the National Composite Centre, Airbus and GKN.

Our state-of-the-art engineering building, opening in Summer 2020, will provide the ideal environment for inspiring innovation, combining teaching and research facilities such as engine test cells, wind tunnels and collaborative learning spaces.

Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship course details

Indicative content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

  • Stress and dynamics
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Design, materials and manufacturing
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Energy and thermodynamics

Year two

  • Design and electromechanical systems
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Stress analysis
  • Project management
  • Mathematics for manufacturing

Year three

  • Design for manufacture, assembly and environment
  • Quality control systems
  • Computational methods
  • Integrated electro-mechanical systems
  • Composite engineering
  • Business environment

Year four

  • Lean factory design
  • Reliability engineering and asset management
  • Materials and structures for special applications
  • Individual project

Read more about the approved Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship Standard on the website.

Professional registration and accreditation

Learners will graduate with a (Level 6) BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing university degree.

Duration and delivery

This part-time programme is delivered over four years.

Apprentices will attend college full time in year one. Here they will complete the first year of their degree and also the skills-based learning and assessment required for their apprenticeship, such as the Performing Engineering Operations.

In years two, three and four, apprentices will be expected to attend university for one day per week. They will also need to spend at least the same amount of time self-studying when at university (nominally at least one extra day per week of their own time).

The degree will be assessed via a wide range of different assessment methods including exams, coursework, reports, presentations and vivas.

Typical entry requirements

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Points from A-level General Studies and AS-level subjects (not taken onto full A-level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-levels.
  • Specific subjects: The Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: One of the following BTEC Diplomas: Aeronautical Engineering; Applied Science; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. Must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Mathematics for Technicians; Further Engineering Mathematics; Further Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit including 15 in Mathematics and 15 in another science or technology subject. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics and a pass at higher level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies.
  • A minimum in the International English Language Test (IELTS) band 6.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
  • An interview may also be required.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about the Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance. There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships.  We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.  

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