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Engineering Apprenticeships

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The UK is once again one of the global leads for Engineering and Manufacture. Our innovation and high quality, together with efficient timescales of delivery make us stand out. The East of England is a powerhouse for the UK economy much of which comes from the outstanding engineering companies in the region.

At West Suffolk College we offer organisations and learners the chance to learn and develop the skills required to ensure engineering remains prominent in the local area. We offer Level 2 to Level 6 and work with employers across many different pathways such as Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Maintenance, Welding, Tool Making, Design, Installation etc. Our excellent facilities allow for learning to be conducted in a very supportive environment and our work based team helps to embed that classroom knowledge fully in the workplace.

Engineering Courses for School Leavers

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Engineering at West Suffolk College provides a practical and theoretical introduction to mechanical and electronic engineering, computer aided drawing and microprocessing. You’ll get the skills to help solve the problems of tomorrow – from how aircraft work to the electronics in your mobile phone.

The Level 3 course could earn you enough UCAS points to study engineering at any UK university or take an advanced apprenticeship, working with an engineering firm and career off to an early start.

Engineering Degrees, HNCs & HNDs

About the course

This course is for those interested in obtaining a qualification at technician level which is equivalent to two A levels. Diplomas provide much of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards for the sector. They are supported by the relevant Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and/or Standards Setting Bodies (SSBs). The Edexcel Diplomas are recognised as Technical Certificates and form part of the Apprenticeship Framework.

Entry requirements

Either a minimum of four GCSE passes at C grade or above to include mathematics and double science or another technology based subject; an Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Engineering or other suitable entry qualifications at the correct level. All places are subject to an interview and accreditation of prior learning will be taken into account at this stage, particularly for mature learners.


The Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is awarded in conjunction with Edexcel.

What you'll learn (core modules)

This is a two year part-time course with an attendance pattern of one day per week. The course has been designed to provide candidates with a broad based education in the essential aspects of Mechanical Engineering at this level with the opportunity to progress to a higher level course. Examples of units studied are - Mathematics, Health and Safety, CAD, Communications for Technicians, Mechanical Principles and Applications and Electrical and Electronic Principles. Year two - Further Mathematics, Properties and Applications of Materials, Engineering Project, Engineering Design and Hydraulics and Pneumatics.


Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a range of practical activities and written assignments.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

The course will be delivered at the main site with state of the art classroom and practical labs.

Where will this course take me?

Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or Degree in Engineering. The course can lead to a career in Mechanical Engineering Technician or Apprentice Mechanical Engineer.

How much will it cost?

Please contact the College for costs for next academic year

If you need help with funding

Please call the College.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Click the link and apply now, this way we can get you on the list and we can arrange a telephone interview.

Days & times

Starting 14/09/2022
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:30

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