2024/25 - Start dates vary, apply now

Study mode

Part Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


Level 3

Course code


Fee Information

Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see our Fees and funding page for more information.


This course is free to apprentices. Small companies may need to make a contribution towards training costs, large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy, if they have funds available

Course details may be subject to change.

This apprenticeship is perfect for you if you would like to progress within the advanced manufacturing engineering and engineering construction sectors.You will learn knowledge, skills and behaviours, such as:

  • The importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
  • General engineering mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations
  • The structure, properties and characteristics of common materials
  • How to comply with environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
  • How to obtain, check and use the appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
  • Personal responsibility and resilience
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Focus on quality and problem solving.

Entry Criteria

Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. You will hold four GCSEs at grade 4/C, or equivalent, including maths, English and a science.

What are the next steps?

You will be have an interview with the Apprenticeship team . As part of your interview you will carry out a number of tasks which will help us assess your suitability for the course. Please bring evidence of relevant qualifications and proof of ID, e.g. passport or driving license or birth certificate.

Study Aims

This apprenticeship is perfect for you if you would like to progress within the advanced manufacturing engineering and engineering construction sectors.You will carry out metal fabrication work using rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet etc.Work includes manufacturing bridges, oil rigs, ships, petro-chemical installations, cranes, platforms, aircraft, automotive and machinery parts, sheet metal enclosures, equipment supports, and anything that can be fabricated out of metal.

Modules Studied

You will complete the following qualifications during the apprenticeship, including the modules detailed below.Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques
  • Assembling and testing fluid power systems
  • Wiring and testing programmable controller-based systems
  • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • Preparing and using milling machines
  • Producing CAD models (drawings) using a CAD system.]]]Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Fabricator[[[Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Safety Requirements
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Using and communicating Technical Information.]]]Plus 4-6 more modules relating to a Fabricating discipline that you will discuss with your employer i.e. Sheetmetal Worker, Plater/Fabricator or Fabricator joiner.Level 3 Diploma Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)[[[Engineering & Environmental Health and Safety
  • Engineering Communications
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Project- Technical Support Related
  • Fabrication and Welding Principles
  • Welding Principles
  • MMA Welding
  • MIG/MAG Welding
  • TIG Welding.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be in college on a three-day release basis in the first year, consisting of lectures and practical workshop delivery.You will be assessed through a portfolio produced against performance evidence criteria gained from a mixture of practical and written evidence.The Development Competence Diploma will be delivered over years 2, 3 and 4 in the workplace by your employer, assisted by a college Apprenticeship Skills Coordinator, and it will be assessed by the completion of a portfolio of naturally occurring evidence, ASC observations and written underpinning knowledge assessments.The Development Knowledge Diploma will be delivered in ƵAPP on a day release basis in years 2 and 3, consisting of lectures and practical workshop delivery, and will be assessed through a mixture of practical, written and online assessments.You will also complete an End Point Assessment (EPA), completing the following elements:

  • Practical observation
  • Professional discussion
  • Portfolio of evidence.

End Point Assessment

The final assessment for the qualification is an End Point Assessment (EPA) which must be passed to achieve the full qualification.

Where can it take me?

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