Advanced Engineering Level 3
Level 3
Qualifications Diploma in Advanced Engineering Level 3
Duration 24-36 months
Entry Requirements Initial assessment and diagnostic testing on English and maths will take place prior to commencement of apprenticeship
Progression Advanced Engineering Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Overview

This Advanced Apprenticeship programme in engineering is ideal for those who have already completed a Level 2 qualification in Engineering, or are interested in pursuing a career in the engineering industry. The Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 covers a broad range of engineering sectors and the detail of the skills acquired will depend on the chosen pathway but can include; Electronics, Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacture and Technical Services and provides the skills and knowledge to operate at Craft or Technician level.


Key Units/Learning Aims

During the first year the apprentice will normally undertake the NVQ units in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), the BTEC Sub-Diploma in Engineering, relevant functional skills and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills within the college environment.  During the second year the apprentice will normally complete the technical certificate - BTEC Diploma in Engineering and commence the NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma and Employment Rights and Responsibilities. During the 3rd year the apprentice will complete the NVQ extended diploma and cover:

  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
  • Engineering Maintenance
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • Materials Processing and Finishing
  • Engineering Technical Support
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Installation and Commissioning
  • Engineering Tool making

Optional units will be chosen with the assessor to ensure they meet the scope of works that will be carrying out with the employer. Assignments allow for the opportunity to prepare written work based on observations.


Delivery and Assessment

Development of the job role competencies and skills and behaviours can be delivered exclusively by Bury College, co-delivered with a workplace mentor who will work alongside the Learning and Skills Coach to support and log the apprentice's progress. The dedicated, qualified Learning and Skills Coach will support the teaching and learning of the apprentice in their development of Engineering Operations knowledge and competence in their work-based activities.

For the Level 3 Engineering certificate, the Learning and Skills Coach will visit on a regular basis to support with developing the electronic portfolio which is used as evidence for the completion of the qualifications. Assessment of the Apprentice's progress in their workplace competencies involves:


  • Observations
  • Professional discussions
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Reviews
  • Assignments


Off-the-job Training

Apprentices are entitled to 20% off-the-job training as part of their working week. This is paid learning to be undertaken in the workplace or in college if applicable.


Training may include:

  • Time spent by apprentice researching and reading resources
  • Simulated exercises and role play
  • Online learning e.g. webinars / e-courses
  • Practical training
  • Shadowing and Mentoring
  • Time spent by the apprentice writing assessments/assignments


Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of the apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional Skills are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and the level the apprentice will work towards will depend on the previous qualifications achieved, the results of an assessment prior to the apprenticeship and the requirements of the apprenticeship they are completing.


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