Aston University has been ranked 15th in a list of the UK’s best apprenticeship training providers (Rate My Apprenticeship 2019)
Apprentices are supported by academic and professional supervisors with extensive industry experience
Course outline and modules
- For students and employees
You will gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in the fast-paced manufacturing environment. With a focus on planning for the future of the sector, you will be prepared with advanced professional skills required for the evolving environmental and political landscape.
- For employers
Apprentices will gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in the fast-paced manufacturing environment. With a focus on planning for the future of the sector, learners will be prepared with advanced professional skills required for the evolving environmental and political landscape.
Who is this apprenticeship for?
This Level 6 degree apprenticeship will provide the practical and theoretical training for aspiring process/plant engineers who want to gain new skills and a formal degree qualification.
This includes those early in their career and school leavers applying for degree apprenticeship roles in the sector. Process engineers will specialise in the design and operation of processes within the manufacturing industry, and plant engineers are responsible for the equipment and assets on site to ensure they are optimised for productivity and safety.
Apprentices studying the programme at Aston will benefit from a close partnership with industry leaders as well as expert teaching staff who have held professional engineering positions.
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 process or plant engineering.
- 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
• Introduction to Science Industry Process/Plant Engineering
• Work Based Project: Engineering Improvement.
- Stage two
The second stage is taught at Level 5 over 16 months and includes:
• Mathematical Methods In Engineering
• Computer Aided Design
• Thermo-Fluid Sciences
• Engineering Management
• Science Industry Process/Plant Engineering
• Work Based Project: Technical Problem Solving.
- Stage three
The final stage of the degree apprenticeship is taught at Level 6 over 24 months and includes:
• Professional Development Audit
• Project Management
• Control Systems and Instrumentation
• Work Based Project.
- Select three elective modules
You will also select three elective modules from the following:
• Offshore Oil and Gas
• Engineering Systems Design
• Health and Safety Management
• Engineering Design Applications
• Quality Engineering
• Environmental Systems
You will spend most of your time doing a full-time job as well as studying for your degree part-time through a combination of online seminars outside of office hours and occasional sessions on campus. Everything is structured to fit around your job and is designed in partnership with employers.
Start dates October and January
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.
- 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
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.
This programme is taught through blended distance learning. Formal teaching takes place using our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you will take part in bi-monthly webinars. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, academic journals, databases and much more. Online learning gives you the flexibility to study from any location without the need to frequently travel to the Aston University campus.
In addition to online learning, you will be supported by an academic and professional supervisor. The supervisors will meet with you once per module plus regular online contact to provide advice and help bridge the gap between theory and practice.
By successfully completing this programme, you'll be awarded a BEng in Professional Engineering (Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer). You will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction.
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 your role in their organisation adding immediate value for you and your employer.
The apprenticeship concludes with the end point assessment (EPA). The EPA gives you the opportunity to showcase your academic, personal and professional development achievements throughout the apprenticeship. You will take part in a professional discussion to demonstrate your competencies and how you have applied your learning in the workplace. You will also be required to give a presentation showing the impact of your final work based project on your organisation. After the EPA, the assessors consider what grade should be awarded for the apprenticeship.
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 £24,000. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why study a Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer – Level 6 Degree 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.
You’ll benefit from our experienced teaching staff, facilities and experience in delivering apprenticeships. We will also develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to excel in your career.
Graduate with experience, a formal degree qualification and no-debt, whilst propelling your future career within the engineering sector with the basis for specialisation.
- 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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