Engineering & Science

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA)

Start Date: 2nd September 2019
Course Code: C00940 FLF1H

  • Higher Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena (Farm Lodge)


Duration: 3 Years (2 Semesters per year) Full-time
Number of weeks: 34
Start date: 2nd September 2019
End date: 28th August 2020
Information Event: Y

Course Content

Northern Regional College is offering a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. This programme has been designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sector in Northern Ireland with high grade technicians and engineers who have practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification.

The programme will facilitate progression from Level 3 apprenticeship and could also encourage future progression to Level 6 qualifications and enable apprentices to work towards Incorporated Engineer status.  

The framework covers a wide range of job roles in advanced manufacturing and engineering which broadly fit into the higher-level skills requirements for differing sectors.

The qualifications in this framework contribute to general competence as measured in the Engineering Council's UK specification.

There may also be opportunities for you to obtain employment through the assistance of the College.

Over the course of the programme you will undertake the following alongside your employment:

  • Level 5 Foundation Degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Level 5 Foundation Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering 

(Course structure is subject to DfE’s Approval)

As you progress, you will develop your skills within your role in the company gaining experience and real hands-on knowledge through the expert teams based in the business while you continue your studies at college on a day-release basis.

Companies recruit directly for this course. Companies currently participating in the Higher Level Apprenticeship programme include AGR Automation, Camden Group, Emerson Copeland, FP McCann, K-tec Automation, Maine Surface Finishing, McAuley Engineering, Randox Laboratories, RLC UK, Ryobi Aluminium Castings, Sensata and Wrightbus.

For further information contact:
Ian Craig
028 2566 4233

Please Note 

If a course is over-subscribed the college reserves the right to enhance the entry criteria. Details of enhanced criteria will be provided at Interview Stage.

Special Features

How Can Your Career Benefit from a Higher Apprenticeship?
You will gain lots of valuable knowledge, practical skills and work experience as well as a recognised qualification - just the combination that can help increase your future employability, boost your CV and open new career opportunities for you.

Earn While You Learn
You will gain valuable work experience from your employer as well as gaining a recognised professional qualification and earning a regular salary.

This Higher Apprenticeship programme will allow you to start your highly-skilled career without the student debt that your university peers will have accumulated during their degree course - providing a real alternative to university.


Watch the short video to find out why Hannah Johnston chose to study a Higher Level Apprenticeship rather than go to university.


Course Update

Please note that due to campus redevelopment Ballymena and Coleraine courses may be relocated to alternative suitable locations.

Applicants must BE EMPLOYED and have obtained or be expecting to achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (profile MP) or a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (profile PPP) or Applicants must have obtained or be expecting to achieve a minimum of 48 UCAS points (new 2017 tariff) with a Pass Grade in at least One STEM subject at Advanced GCE or AS Level and have studied Mathematics or Physics to at least AS Level.

Where mature students wish to have prior education and/or experience taken into account, in lieu of meeting the full course entry requirements, they should contact the relevant Course Director by 13th August, as an application deadline will apply.

Ballymena (Farm Lodge)
Farm Lodge Buildings
BT43 7DF
028 2565 2871


Ian Craig