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Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering (Level 3)

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. 
You should have as a minimum 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above including Maths on the Higher Paper (grade 5 or above), English (grade 4 or above) and Science (for the Fabrication and Welding framework ONLY, Maths grade C (grade 4 or above) on the Foundation paper is acceptable).


The Advanced Apprenticeship takes four years to complete. 
Apprentices attend College on day release for the first two years and work for their employer for the rest of the week.

Why Engineering?

There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified engineers, and employers increasingly need committed, well trained and enthusiastic workers. York College has good relationships with employers across the York and North Yorkshire region, in the fields of Engineering Manufacturing & Maintenance, Engineering Production, Rail and Light Engineering.

What will I study?

NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma

Mandatory units:
Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
Working efficiently and effectively in engineering

Plus a selection of units related to role content. There are 6 different frameworks to choose from through this Advanced Apprenticeship:

  • Mechanical Manufacturing
  • Engineering Maintenance
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • Engineering Technical Support
  • Electrical and Electronic
  • Rail Engineering

Additional study

Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
Employee Rights & Responsibilities
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
Knowledge qualification

How will I be assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments and written tests.

The Knowledge qualification is assessed using both practical and written tests and assignments.

The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

What could it lead to?

After achieving an Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship, most employees will have the opportunity of further professional development within their company, in some cases leading to the status of Incorporated Engineer within a Professional Institute, or even Higher Education studies such as HNC, HND or Foundation Degrees.

This qualification will enable you to apply for a wide variety of jobs within the engineering field of work.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York College Business Development Unit:

Tel: 01904 770368
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