Higher Apprenticeship in Advanced Engineering
Level 4
Qualifications Choose from one of 3 Pathways: Pathway 1 Mechanical, Pathway 2 Electrical / Electronics, Pathway 3 Maintenance
Duration 24 months (36 months if Performing Engineering Operations not already achieved at Level 2)
Start date Flexible
Attendance Blended learning – workplace and classroom training sessions with evening study.
Entry Requirements Your employee must be working in the engineering or advanced manufacturing sector in a supervisory role An advanced apprenticeship or equivalent level 3 qualification in a related field PEO at Level 2-can be offered as part of the course. A dedication to completing a higher level qualification. This will involve taking on a greater volume and level of study than the Advanced Apprenticeship or a level 3 qualification

What is a higher apprenticeship?


Higher apprenticeship programmes have been designed to train individuals to foundation and degree level, providing them with the knowledge and skills required to meet employers’ and business needs.

Higher apprenticeships are the next step up from level 3 apprenticeships and are nationally accredited work-based programmes. This allows employers to invest into their own organisation’s talent and increase productivity and profitability through a highly qualified and skilled workforce.


Who is this qualification for?


This Level 4 qualification provides your workforce with a comprehensive understanding of the engineering function along with the practical experience of working in an engineering environment.

This qualification has been tailored for individuals who are interested in working towards achieving engineering technical or incorporated engineer status in their chosen field of specialism.


Objectives of learning:


  • Gain an understanding of how to write reports, use IT and work effectively in a team.
  • Develop a range of transferable skills which can be implemented into a diverse list of roles including; electrical or electronic engineering, software engineering, systems engineering, systems operations engineering, aircraft systems development technician, manufacturing engineering quality engineering and design engineering.
  • Upon successful completion of this higher apprenticeship apprentices will be in a good position to progress on to chartered engineer status or higher-level work.


Benefits include:


  • Further develop the knowledge of high-grade technicians and engineers who have practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification.
  • Be able to facilitate progression to Level 5/6 qualifications and encourage your apprentice to work towards Incorporated Engineer status.
  • Gaining this qualification provides your business with world-class technicians and engineers, allowing you to increase productivity and remain competitive.


Structure of the apprenticeship

This higher apprenticeship includes mandatory units and a range of optional knowledge and competence units.

There are 3 pathways to select, these will be discussed with your employer and are dependent on the company needs.

Completion of PEO units at Level 2 will also be required if not already held.


Pathways Available:


Chosen in year 2


  • Mechanical
  • Maintenance
  • Electrical/Electronic


Higher National Certificate (HNC) Diploma in Engineering


Mandatory units common to all pathways

These will be delivered in year 1

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Engineering Science
  • Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation


Specialist Optional Units

These will be selected and delivered in year 2 dependent on your company needs


  • Mechanical Principles
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Computer–aided Design and Manufacturing
  • Electrical and Electronical Measurement and Testing
  • Principles and Applications of Microcontrollers
  • Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Computer-aided Design and Manufacture
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Engineering Design
  • Advanced Computer-aided Design Techniques


EAL Level 4 Extended NVQ Diploma in Engineering Manufacture

Mandatory unit:

Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Safety Requirements

PEO Level 2 will be delivered first if not already achieved



Your employee will require technical knowledge and will show competence through complex work activities. Assessments are conducted in the workplace through observation of the duties carried out and a range of other methods; including witness statements, professional discussions and reflective accounts. Learners will also need to submit a portfolio of evidence to fulfil the requirements of the course. Your employee will also be required to undertake research and complete tasks in their own time.


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