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Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA)

Start Date: 15th September 2021
Code: PHPB2037


Duration: 3 Years (2 Semesters per year) Full-time
Start date: 15th September 2021
End date: 22nd May 2024
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.

Find out more about the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Engineering from Anna.

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 redevelopments at Ballymena (Farm Lodge) campus some courses may be relocated to alternative suitable locations.

  • Applicants must BE IN RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT.
  • A minimum of 56 UCAS tariff points comprising a pass grade in at least one STEM subject at Advanced GCE or AS GCE level. Candidates must have studied Maths or Physics to at least Level 3. 
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (MPP) in an Engineering Programme.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (MM) in an Engineering Programme. 
  • A qualification or set of qualifications considered by Ulster University to be equivalent to one of the above. 
  • GCSE English minimum Grade C or approved equivalent.
  • GCSE Maths minimum Grade C or approved equivalent.
  • Third country nationals, including European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss Nationals and their family members, are eligible to undertake a HLA provided they have a right to live and work in the UK.  See HLA page for further details.

In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to select candidates from those achieving the highest grades.

Where applicants wish to have prior education and/or experience taken into account, they should contact the relevant Course Director by 10th August, as an APEL application deadline will apply.

Where applicants do not meet the necessary entry requirements, they may be directed to study an appropriate BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering.

Please note: If a course is over-subscribed the college reserves the right to enhance the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of the Higher Level Apprenticeship, you can continue your studies by working towards a Level 6 qualification and Incorporated Engineer status or progress into employment within the manufacturing and engineering sector.

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