Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Top-up) (Degree Apprenticeship) BEng (Hons)


If you want to earn a salary, top up your HND or Foundation degree to a full honours degree and learn about successful engineering and project manufacturing, this 18-month Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship is ideal.

You'll develop skills in computer-aided design (CAD) skills, designing and producing your own high-quality products in our manufacturing workshops. You'll get to use these skills at work and contribute to the success of your company as you study.

You won't pay anything towards your degree because the Government or your employer pay your tuition fees. You'll typically spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days at work.

You'll graduate with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. After the course you'll be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

What you'll experience

On this Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship course you'll:

  • Top up your Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation degree or equivalent qualification into a full Bachelor's degree
  • Get free student registration to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Specialise in computer-aided design (CAD) skills, with a focus on product realisation and manufacturing systems design and analysis
  • Design and produce high-quality products in our manufacturing workshops
  • Develop your skills in sustainable development, statistical process control and product quality control
  • Contribute to the global engineering community and mentor other apprentices
  • Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including solid mechanics and dynamics, and electrical and electronic principles
  • Use our CAD and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities

What you'll study 

On this Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship, you'll study modules worth 120 credits.

The core units are:

  • Individual Project
  • Computer Aided Engineering (Product Realisation)
  • Sustainable Development and Business Management
  • Design for Quality
  • Manufacturing Systems

There are no optional units on this course.


When you’re at University, you’ll gain skills, knowledge and competence through lectures and tutorials. You’ll then get to put what you learn into practice in your job.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical lab sessions

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

How you're assessed

The formal assessments you take on this Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship include:

  • a 10,000-word individual project report
  • product development projects
  • engineering design portfolios
  • exams
  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. Feedback is also provided on your individual project report before your final submissions.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

Technology development is increasing and the need for manufacturing skills is on the rise.

With technical skills needed nationally and internationally across the mechanical, manufacturing and wider engineering sector, there will be many opportunities open to you when you complete this degree apprenticeship.

What can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree?

Graduates of this course can go on to work in areas including:

  • product design
  • manufacturing and installation
  • project management
  • research development
  • computer aided design (CAD)
  • computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • controls and programming
  • quality management

What jobs can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • manufacturing engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer
  • design engineer
  • CAD/CAM/CAE engineer

You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

BEng (Hons) Award
September Start
Part-time Study Mode
18 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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