Professional Engineering (Control/Technical Support Engineer) BEng (Degree Apprenticeship)

If you’re an aspiring engineer looking to specialise in the smooth running of manufacturing activity, this Level 6 degree apprenticeship is for you.

 

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Work-based degree

Course format

No placements

Duration

5 years

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Course outline and modules

About the course

The apprenticeship is taught at undergraduate level (Levels 4-6) over five years, covering the essentials of professional engineering including mathematics and science, while specialising in control/technical support for the manufacturing sector.

For students

Develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to excel your career, with a focus on planning for the future of the sector.

This course will prepare you with advanced professional skills required for the evolving environmental and political landscape in the fast-paced and cost-conscious manufacturing sector.

For employees

Develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to excel in the manufacturing industry and boost productivity levels in your organisation.

With a focus on planning for the future of the sector, you'll also be prepared with advanced professional skills required for the evolving environmental and political landscape in the fast-paced and cost-conscious manufacturing environments.

For employers

With a focus on planning for the future of the sector, we will develop your apprentices' knowledge and professional skills needed for the evolving environmental, political and cost-conscious manufacturing environment.

We'll work closely with you to integrate study around work and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to develop your apprentice and boost productivity levels in your organisation.

 

Who is this apprenticeship for?

For students

If you are an aspiring manufacturing engineer who wants to gain new skills and a formal degree qualification, this Level 6 degree apprenticeship will provide you with the practical and theoretical training you need. 

This includes those early in their career and school leavers applying for degree apprenticeship roles in the sector. Apprentices studying the programme at Aston benefit from a close partnership with industry leaders as well as expert teaching staff who have held professional engineering positions.  

For employees

If you are early in your career as a manufacturing engineer who wants to gain new skills and a formal degree qualification, this Level 6 degree apprenticeship will provide you with the practical and theoretical training you need.

This includes those early in their career and school leavers applying for degree apprenticeship roles in the sector. Apprentices studying the programme at Aston benefit from a close partnership with industry leaders as well as expert teaching staff who have held professional engineering positions.

For employers

This course is for aspiring manufacturing engineers, who want to gain new skills and a formal degree qualification. This Level 6 degree apprenticeship will provide students with the practical and theoretical training they need to excel in your organisation.

This includes those early in their career and school leavers applying for degree apprenticeship roles in the sector. Apprentices studying the programme at Aston benefit from a close partnership with industry leaders as well as expert teaching staff who have held professional engineering positions.

Stage one

The first stage of the apprenticeship is taught at Level 4 over 16 months and includes;

  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • Digital Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics and Science
  • Introducing to Control/Technical Support Engineering
  • Work Based Project: Engineering Improvement.
Stage 2

The second stage is taught at Level 5 over 16 months and includes:

  • Mathematics Methods
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Hydraulic Pneumatics
  • Engineering Management
  • Control/Technical Support Engineering
  • Work-based Project: Technical Problem Solving.
Stage 3

The final stage of the degree apprenticeship is taught at Level 6 over 20 months and includes:

  • Professional Development Audit
  • Project Management
  • Control Systems and Instrumentation
  • Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Maintenance Management Systems
  • Work-based Project.

 

Real-world learning

Students spend most of their time doing a full-time job as well as studying for their degree part-time through a combination of online seminars outside of office hours and occasional sessions on campus. Everything is structured to fit around the job and is designed in partnership with employers.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for a degree apprenticeship role or already be employed in a job in England with responsibilities aligned with the degree content. Please see the how to apply section below for more information.

Entry requirements are set by the hiring business and not Aston University so they vary between organisations. Apprentices are selected based on their applications, an interview and an assessment process which is tailored to your apprenticeship position.

You will need:

  • Three A Levels at CCC or above including a Mathematics based subject and a STEM subject, or equivalent BTECs.*

  • Have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering related subject.

*Please note:

  • Employers may specify their own entry criteria that can exceed this.

  • Candidates who do not have three A Levels at CCC may be considered on a case by case basis with aptitude and experience taken into consideration.

You will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:

  • Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course.

  • Have left full time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start.

  • Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria.

 

How to apply

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching 

For students
Apprenticeships are structured differently to a traditional degree. You'll spend the majority of your time in the workplace doing a real full-time job as well as studying for your degree part-time. Your learning will be made up of a combination of online seminars that take place outside of office hours as well as occasional sessions on campus where you can meet face-to-face with your peers and our academics. 

Study time is structured to fit around your job. Your apprenticeship is designed in partnership with your employer, so you don't need to worry about your work and study commitments clashing. They work hand in hand. 

Once a term in the middle of your module you will attend a two day study session on campus. This will usually include: 

  • An information session about the upcoming assessments. 

  • Lectures/seminars for your current module. 

  • Personal and professional development workshop. 

  • A one-to-one session with your degree apprenticeship tutor. 

  • Portfolio contribution workshops. 

For your professional and personal development module and portfolio, you will be supported by your degree apprenticeship tutor. You can expect a monthly one-to-one session (either face-to-face, over the phone or Skype) plus a workplace visit every six months. 

For employers
Delivery is flexible around the needs of your organisation. Depending on the number of apprentices you have, we can arrange for onsite delivery. Or, apprentices will be taught using our virtual learning environment to take part in bi-monthly webinars. This platform allows apprentices to access a comprehensive range of study materials, academic journals, e-journals, databases and much more. Online learning gives apprentices the flexibility to study from any location without the need to frequently travel to the Aston University campus.

In addition to online learning, all apprentices are supported by an academic and professional supervisor. The supervisors will meet with apprentices once per module plus regular online contact to provide advice and help bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Assessment 

For students

By successfully completing this programme, you'll be awarded a BEng in Professional Engineering (Control/Technical Support Engineer). You will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction.

There are no exams for this apprenticeship, instead, you will be assessed throughout by two pieces of coursework per module. The first assignment is due halfway through each module and the second is due at the end of the module. Assessment dates are published at the start of the degree apprenticeship to help you plan your work and personal commitments around studying. 

In your final year, you will complete a large work-based project that will require you to use all the theory and skills you have gained throughout the apprenticeship. Throughout the programme, you will also complete a business portfolio that showcases the skills you have learned and how you have actioned them in the workplace. 

Your apprenticeship also includes an end point assessment, which consists of a review of your final project and portfolio, followed by an interview with representatives from Aston University, your employer, and an independent assessor. After the interview, based both on your performance and complete portfolio, the assessors consider what grade you should be awarded for your apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction. 

For employers

The programme will be assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations and practical assessments. All projects and assignments are work-based, relating directly to the apprentice’s role in their organisation adding immediate value for both the learner and the employer.

The apprenticeship concludes with the end point assessment (EPA). The EPA gives the apprentices the opportunity to showcase their academic, personal and professional development achievements throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentices will take part in a professional discussion to demonstrate their competencies and how they have applied their learning in the workplace. They will also be required to give a presentation showing the impact of their final work based project on their organisation. After the EPA, the assessors consider what grade should be awarded for the apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Fees and scholarships

You will not have to pay tuition fees as a degree apprentice as the costs are met by the UK government and your employer*. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £27,000. This is the full cost of your apprenticeship which will be paid for using your employer's apprenticeship levy.

*Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.

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Frequently asked questions

Why study a Control/Technical Support Engineer – Level 6 Apprenticeship at Aston? 

Aston’s great links with industry and experienced teaching staff will help you to develop the specialist professional skills alongside your practical work experience in order for you to excel your career.

This apprenticeship has a focus on planning for the future of the sector and will prepare you with advanced professional skills much needed for the evolving environmental and political landscape.

You’ll graduate with five years of experience, earn a salary throughout your apprenticeship and you won’t have any student debt as your employer covers your study costs.

Why Aston University for an apprenticeship? 

Aston University has been ranked 15th in a Top 50 list of the UK’s best apprenticeship training providers (RateMyApprenticeship Awards, 2019). We also have a history of providing our students with skills that help them to excel in their chosen careers, as well as really value our network of employer links which inform and shape our courses and teaching.

Why partner with Aston University for a degree apprenticeship?

At Aston we work really closely with our employer network, not only to ensure courses fit around the roles that apprentices have, but also to ensure the skills and knowledge they develop fit the needs of their organisation and add value to their business.

Aston University has been ranked 15th in a Top 50 list of the UK’s best apprenticeship training providers (RateMyApprenticeship Awards, 2019). We also have a history of providing our students with skills that help them to excel in their chosen careers, as well as maintain good working relationships with employers.

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