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Electrical Engineer Apprentice Bennett Freehill

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    Bennett Freehill

  • Apprenticeship Type

    Engineering > Level 5-6

  • Positions

    2

  • Location

    380c, Belmont Road, Belfast, BT4 2NF

  • Salary

    £18,000

  • Start date

  • Location Type

    Office

Job Description


Responsibilities:

  • To adhere to the design process and undertake electrical engineering design activities relating to the project

  • To fulfil the Practice’s overall objective in producing first class engineering on time and on budget

  • To have thorough knowledge of, and comply with, company procedures and standards


Qualities and Skills involved in the role:

  • Ability to use initiative in response to demands of project

  • Able to negotiate and communicate well in graphical, written or verbal forms including ability to listen and to understand others

  • Ability to understand and formulate design decisions

  • A flexible and open attitude towards new ways of working and a proven commitment to independent, lifelong learning

  • Self-organized and motivated

  • Problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Good interpersonal skills and able to work independently and as part of an effective team

  • Able to build good relationships at all levels, internally and externally

  • Resilient to cope with conflicting demands, able to prioritise duties and work effectively under pressure

     

Benefits:

  • Paid training and career development: we work with you to reach your career goals.

  • Flexible working environment: we operate on a Flexitime policy meaning you can work the hours that suit your lifestyle, work from home 2 days a week and finish at 1pm on a Friday

  • Healthcare benefits.

  • 34 days holiday

  • Competitive employer pension scheme

  • Sports, social and wellbeing committee that organise fully funded events in and outside of work: so far this has included cooking classes, nights out, prison island, mini golf, axe throwing and much more

  • Employee wellbeing scheme

Person Specification


The successful candidate will:

  • Have interest or experience in an Electrical Engineer role within Building Services

  • Be working towards a Foundation degree apprenticeship (Level 5) in Electrical Engineering.

  • Have knowledge of AutoCAD and Microsoft Packages

  • Be able to communicate effectively along with the ability to take ownership, work to deadlines and show initiative

Applicable courses

Whilst you are applying to an employer through Workplus you must apply directly to the training providers to secure your place on the apprenticeship course.

Engineering (Mechatronics)Southern Regional College

Description

The Higher Level Apprenticeship Engineering (Mechatronics) provides students with a broad education in aspects of mechanisation, automation, and control systems which will equip learners for a successful career within the industry. It recognises the rapid growth and changes occurring within engineering and provides learners with the skills and knowledge to apply in an industrial environment and within their job role.

This 3-year Higher Level Apprenticeship is designed to equip apprentices with the ability to understand, utilise and develop the skills needed whilst working in the engineering industry. It builds transferable skills in communication, teamwork, and the ability to self-reflect.

Students will study 80 credits per year over 3 years and are required to attend SRC Portadown campus during semester time, for one full day per week. The remaining 4 days will be based with an employer. Students are required to engage in independent study.

All staff delivering on this programme are highly experienced with an extensive level of skillset across all engineering disciplines.

Modules

Modules of study will include:

  • Engineering Mathematics

  • CAD Techniques

  • Electrical & Electronic Fundamentals

  • Pneumatics & Hydraulics

  • Professional Studies

  • Programming & Embedded Systems

  • PLC Automation

  • Industrial Robotics

  • Mechanical Fundamentals

  • BIT & Project Management

  • Work-Based Learning

Award

Foundation Degree

Validated By

Ulster University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

The over-riding consideration in admitting applicants to this course, is evidence that the learner is likely to be able to complete the course satisfactorily.

Attendance at Individual or Group Pre-Entry Advice Sessions (IPEAS and GPEAS) may be required. These interviews may take place either on campus, via telephone or video call (Microsoft teams) and will play an important role in place allocation.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July 2024.

  • Applicants must have attained a minimum of 56 UCAS points this must be achieved from a minimum of 1 A2 subject, (combinations of AS levels will not be accepted) or equivalent i.e., Subsidiary Diploma, Adult Access in Science.

  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language. For entry to this programme, applicants should have attained a C grade in GCSE English language and a C grade in GCSE Maths (or equivalent).

  • For those entering a Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company. Each the applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy.

Please note that applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A-Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

To find out more about the application process for Higher Level Apprenticeships please see Information on Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Duration

3

Start Date

Thursday 12 September 2024

End Date

Sunday 27 June 2027

Progression Pathway

On successful completion of the course, students may wish to progress onto the BEng (Hons) Level 6 (Top-Up) Degree in Engineering offered at our Newry campus.


This course will open up a range of career opportunities in various industries. Potential career options may include:

  • Mechatronics Engineer

  • Robotics Engineer

  • Automation Engineer

  • Manufacturing Engineer

  • Maintenance Engineer

  • Project Engineer

Engineering with Specialisms in MechatronicsSouth West College

Description

As a Higher Level Apprentice, students will gain the benefit of studying for an in demand qualification, alongside developing work based skills at their place of employment to support their learning. Higher Level Apprenticeship

The FdEng in Engineering (with Specialisms) has an industry focused approach, where graduates develop an extensive range of professional knowledge and technical skills. The programme has been designed in a more applied nature, and aligns with the needs of the local and regional engineering sector. Demand for Manufacturing and Engineering graduates is extremely high, and in particular there is demand for those with level and 4 and 5 qualifications. This programme will not only help you gain the qualification to get into this exciting sector, but develop your skills in such a way that you will be well positioned to excel in your career.

The Mechatronics Specialism is delivered in the Omagh Campus.

Course delivery is part-time, over three years. Students will study part time, whilst working in a relevant place of employment in the engineering industry and in the final semester will complete a period of work based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.

Modules

This programme has been designed to ensure graduates develop the skills and attributes to contribute in a meaningful way to local and regional engineering companies. There is a focus on developing the broad engineering skills in mathematical and scientific principles, underpinned by a practical and applied approach to developing technical, professional and 21st century skills which are informed by, and aligned with, the needs of industry. The programme aims to instil a sense of enquiry, problem solving, and pragmatism through the integration of project based learning, industry relevant teaching and assessment and an introduction to future systems which will ensure a ‘work ready’ and sought after graduate.

YEAR ONE

  • The Professional Engineer (Level 4 Module)

  • Applied Maths (Level 4 Module)

  • Electronic Principles (Level 4 Module)

  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes (Level 4 Module)

  • CAE and Design (Level 4 Module)

  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics (Level 4 Module)

  • Engineering Analysis (Level 5 Module)

  • Robotics and Automation (Level 5 Module)

  • Work Based Learning (Level 5 Module)

  • PLCs (Mechatronics Specialism Further Study)

  • Electrical Systems (Mechatronics Specialism Further Study)

Award

Foundation Degree

Validated By

Ulster University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

Entrants should have passes in 4 different subjects including a grade C/4 or above in GSCE Maths and English and hold a related Level 3 qualification(s) equating to 56UCAS points.

International students (for whom English is not their first language), must demonstrate their competence in written and spoken English at IELTS – Academic 6.0, with minimum 5.5 in all four elements of the test. Trinity ISE - Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Where an applicant does not hold the formal academic requirements for entry to the programme, but can demonstrate relevant experiential learning across a range of industries, they may apply for admission through the College Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. In such cases, contact the Course Director for the programme who will advise further.

To be eligible to commence study on this HLA Pathway, applicants must have secured full-time paid employment in a relevant industry sector.

Duration

3

Start Date

Thursday 12 September 2024

End Date

Sunday 27 June 2027

Progression Pathway

Completion of this Foundation Degree will facilitate progression to higher level roles within the candidates own place of work.

Students are also in a position to articulate into year two of an associated Honours Degree at Ulster University provided they meet the entrance criteria.

Students can progress to a ‘Top Up Degree’ in Engineering within SWC approved by the Open University on a part time basis.

There are a number of alternative Higher Education Institutions offering part-time and full time top ups to level 6 and above.

Engineering with Specialisms in ManufacturingSouth West College

Description

As a Higher Level Apprentice, students will gain the benefit of studying for an in demand qualification, alongside developing work based skills at their place of employment to support their learning. Higher Level Apprenticeship

The FdEng in Engineering (with Specialisms) has an industry focused approach, where graduates develop an extensive range of professional knowledge and technical skills. The programme has been designed in a more applied nature, and aligns with the needs of the local and regional engineering sector. Demand for Manufacturing and Engineering graduates is extremely high, and in particular there is demand for those with level and 4 and 5 qualifications. This programme will not only help you gain the qualification to get into this exciting sector, but develop your skills in such a way that you will be well positioned to excel in your career.

The Manufacturing Engineering Specialism is delivered in the Dungannon Campus.

Course delivery is part-time, over three years. Students will study part time, whilst working in a relevant place of employment in the engineering industry and in the final semester will complete a period of work based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.

Modules

This programme has been designed to ensure graduates develop the skills and attributes to contribute in a meaningful way to local and regional engineering companies. There is a focus on developing the broad engineering skills in mathematical and scientific principles, underpinned by a practical and applied approach to developing technical, professional and 21st century skills which are informed by, and aligned with, the needs of industry. The programme aims to instil a sense of enquiry, problem solving, and pragmatism through the integration of project based learning, industry relevant teaching and assessment and an introduction to future systems which will ensure a ‘work ready’ and sought after graduate.

YEAR ONE

  • The Professional Engineer (Level 4 Module)

  • Applied Maths (Level 4 Module)

  • Electronic Principles (Level 4 Module)

  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes (Level 4 Module)

  • CAE and Design (Level 4 Module)

  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics (Level 4 Module)

  • Engineering Analysis (Level 5 Module)

  • Robotics and Automation (Level 5 Module)

  • Work Based Learning (Level 5 Module)

  • Introduction to Operations Management (Manufacturing Specialism Further Study)

  • DFM & DMAIC Implementation (Manufacturing Specialism Further Study)

Award

Foundation Degree

Validated By

Ulster University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

Entrants should have passes in 4 different subjects including a grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English and hold a related Level 3 qualification(s) equating to 56 UCAS points.

International students (for whom English is not their first language), must demonstrate their competence in written and spoken English at IELTS – Academic 6.0, with minimum 5.5 in all four elements of the test. Trinity ISE - Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Where an applicant does not hold the formal academic requirements for entry to the programme, but can demonstrate relevant experiential learning across a range of industries, they may apply for admission through the College Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. In such cases, contact the Course Director for the programme who will advise further.

To be eligible to commence study on this HLA Pathway, applicants must have secured full-time paid employment in a relevant industry sector.

Duration

3

Start Date

Thursday 12 September 2024

End Date

Sunday 27 June 2027

Progression Pathway

Completion of this Foundation Degree will facilitate progression to higher level roles within the candidates own place of work.

Students are also in a position to articulate into year two of an associated Honours Degree at Ulster University, provided they meet the entrance criteria.

Students can progress to a ‘Top Up Degree’ in Engineering within SWC approved by The Open University on a part time basis.

There are a number of alternative Higher Education Institutions offering part-time and full time top ups to level 6 and above.

MechatronicsSouth Eastern Regional College

Description

Mechatronic Engineering unites the principles of mechanics, electronics and computing. It combines mechanical engineering problem-solving and design skills with expertise in digital electronics and computing systems to produce advanced products and systems through automation and the use of robotics. During this course you will complete the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering. The teaching team consists of staff who are highly qualified with valuable industrial experience. Our staff are regularly trained to keep up to date with the changing needs of industry.

Modules

This course is studied part time over 3 years.

The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Mechatronics comprises the following modules: 

MODULES:

Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics

  • CAD Techniques

  • Programming & Embedded Systems

  • Electrical & Electronic Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Analogue & Digital Electronics

  • Mechanical Fundamentals

  • Professional Studies

  • Automation, Robotics & PLCs 

Year 3

  • CAD/CAM

  • Business Improvement Techniques

  • Work- Based Learning 

This programme is based on a hybrid learning model with a focus on face-to-face delivery.

Contact Hours per Week

8.5 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials

Personal Study to include Practical Assessments

A further average of 2-3 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Assessment

Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include exams, coursework, presentations, practical and a work based project.  This is dependent on the requirements of each module  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.  

Award

Foundation Degree

Validated By

Ulster University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application. You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment. Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

  • GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills- Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND

  • GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND

  • Passes in 4 different subjects (can include English Language and Mathematics and as above), with 1 at GCE Advanced (A) level (grades A-E), and 3 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Course Entry Requirements

A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points including:

• GCE A level (A2): Typical grade profile CC [to include 1 from Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Engineering, Electronics or Double Award Science/Applied Science.]

OR

• RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering with overall award profile MPP or Diploma in Engineering with overall award profile MM

OR

• Access to HE Diploma (NI): 45% overall in an Engineering Access course and 45% in level 2 Access Mathematics.

OR

• An equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.  

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Alternatively, you can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process, either through Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Further details on APL can be found in the HE admissions process section of our website and the HE Accreditation of Prior Learning SOP.  

International Students English Language Requirements

International applicants, from Non-Native English speaking countries, must have evidence of English Language Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

• IELTS 6.0 (Academic) (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)

• PTE Academic 51 (minimum of 46 in each part)

• Or equivalent UKVI-approved English Language Test For further information please contact our International Department at international@serc.ac.uk

Duration

3

Start Date

Monday 09 September 2024

End Date

Sunday 27 June 2027

Progression Pathway

Successful completion of this course may enable you to apply to progress to a supervisory or management position within your company.  Alternatively successful completion depending on performance will allow direct entry to Year 2 of the following degree programmes at Ulster University:

  • BEng Hons in Mechatronic Engineering

Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)Southern Regional College

Description

This new Higher Level Apprenticeship in Engineering (Electrical & Electronic) provides students with specialised knowledge and practical skills in the field of electrical and electronic engineering to equip them for a successful career within the industry. This three year course is designed to equip learners with the ability to understand, utilise and develop the skills needed whilst working in the electrical and electronic engineering industry. It builds transferable skills in communication, teamwork, and the ability to self-reflect.

You will study 80 credits per year over 3 years. Students are required to attend SRC Newry Campus during semester time, for one full day per week. The remaining 4 days will be based with an employer. Students are required to engage in independent study.

All staff delivering on this programme are highly experienced with an extensive level of skillset across all engineering disciplines.

Modules

  • Engineering Mathematics

  • CAD Techniques

  • Electrical & Electronic Fundamentals

  • Analogue Electronics

  • Professional Studies

  • Programming & Embedded Systems

  • Industrial Electronics

  • Digital Principles

  • Mechanical Fundamentals

  • BIT & Project Management

  • Work-Based Learning

Award

Foundation Degree

Validated By

Ulster University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

The over-riding consideration in admitting applicants to this course, is evidence that the learner is likely to be able to complete the course satisfactorily.

Attendance at Individual or Group Pre-Entry Advice Sessions (IPEAS and GPEAS) may be required. These interviews may take place either on campus, via telephone or video call (Microsoft teams) and will play an important role in place allocation.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July 2024.

  • Applicants must have attained a minimum of 56 UCAS points achieved from a minimum of 1 A2 subject, (combinations of AS levels will not be accepted) or equivalent i.e., Subsidiary Diploma, Adult Access in Science.

  • Applicants must have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language. For entry to this programme, applicants should have attained a C grade in GCSE English language and a C grade in GCSE Maths (or equivalent). Students with Level 3 NVQ qualifications will be considered on their merits but may be required to undertake additional assessment in Maths and English before being accepted onto the course.

  • For those entering a Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company. Each the applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy.

Please note that applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A-Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

To find out more about the application process for Higher Level Apprenticeships please see Information on Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Duration

3

Start Date

Wednesday 11 September 2024

End Date

Saturday 26 June 2027

Progression Pathway

Upon successful completion of this course, learners may progress to the Level 6 Bachelor of Engineering Degree within the College.

This course will open up a range of career options within the Engineering industry. Such roles of interest may include:

  • Electrical Engineer

  • Electronics Engineer

  • Instrumentation Engineer

  • Power Systems Engineer

  • Project Engineer/Manager

Engineering (Top-Up L6, from L5)Southern Regional College

Description

This BEng (Hons) Engineering Degree is offered as a 'Top Up' programme, and is aimed at those who have already attained a level 5 Engineering qualification and wish to further progress to a higher level of study. It has has been designed to meet the needs of local industry, with the aim of producing graduates who can apply their understanding, knowledge, experience, skills and know-how to contribute to delivery of the DfE vision for a 10X Economy. This course is designed to provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of engineering principles, theories, and practical skills.

Modules

Modules of study will include:

  • Engineering Business Operations

  • Engineering Design

  • Embedded Systems and IoT Applications

  • Numerical Methods for Engineers

  • Dissertation

Assessment:

  • Some modules are assessed entirely through coursework, while others are assessed through a combination of coursework and written examination.

Award

BEng (Hons)

Validated By

Open University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

The over-riding consideration in admitting applicants to this course, is evidence that the learner is likely to be able to complete the course satisfactorily.

Attendance at Individual or Group Pre-Entry Advice Sessions (IPEAS and GPEAS) may be required. These interviews may take place either on campus, via telephone or video call (Microsoft teams) and will play an important role in place allocation.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July 2024.

  • Applicants must have attained a Foundation Degree with a pass mark of 55% or above in Level 5 modules (or other relevant Level 5 qualification such as a Pearson Higher National Certificate/Diploma) in an engineering related discipline.

  • Candidates presenting with Foundation Degrees or HNC/Ds from other awarding bodies will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning procedures.

  • Applicants must have attained a C grade in GCSE English language and a C grade in GCSE Maths (or equivalent).

  • For those entering a Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company. Each the applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy.

Please note that applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A-Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

To find out more about the application process for Higher Level Apprenticeships please see Information on Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Duration

2

Start Date

Tuesday 10 September 2024

End Date

Saturday 12 September 2026

Progression Pathway

On successful completion of this course, students may wish to progress to postgraduate study at a number of institutions.

The field of engineering offers a wide range of opportunities across industries, and career paths will depend on specific interests, specialisation, and industry preferences. Completing this top-up degree will open up a wide range of opportunities in various industries. Potential career options may include:

  • Design Engineer

  • Project Engineer/Manager

  • Manufacturing Engineer

  • Quality Assurance/Control Engineer

  • Systems Engineer

  • Aerospace Engineer

  • Biomedical Engineer

Engineering (Technical Design & Manufacture) Level 5Southern Regional College

Description

The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Engineering (Technical Design and Manufacture) is designed to provide students with specialised knowledge and practical skills in the field of technical design and manufacturing which will equip students for a successful career within the industry.

This three year Higher Level Apprenticeship will equip learners with the ability to understand, utilise and develop the skills needed whilst working in the technical design and manufacturing engineering industry. The course will build transferable skills in communication, teamwork, and the ability to self-reflect.

Students will study 80 credits per year over three years and are required to attend SRC's Newry Campus during semester time, for one full day per week. The remaining four days will be based with an employer. Students are required to engage in independent study also.

All staff delivering on this programme are highly experienced with an extensive level of skillset across all engineering disciplines.

Modules

Modules of study will include:

  • Engineering Mathematics

  • CAD Techniques

  • Electrical & Electronic Fundamentals

  • Pneumatics & Hydraulics

  • Professional Studies

  • Engineering Design

  • Engineering Materials & Applications

  • Manufacturing Technologies & Processes

  • CNC/CAM

  • Mechanical Fundamentals

  • BIT & Project Management

  • Work-Based Learning

Assessment:

  • Some modules are assessed entirely through coursework while others are assessed through a combination of coursework and written examination.

Award

Foundation Degree

Validated By

The Open University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

The over-riding consideration in admitting applicants to this course, is evidence that the learner is likely to be able to complete the course satisfactorily.

Attendance at Individual or Group Pre-Entry Advice Sessions (IPEAS and GPEAS) may be required. These interviews may take place either on campus, via telephone or video call (Microsoft teams) and will play an important role in place allocation.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July 2024.

  • Applicants must have attained a minimum of 56 UCAS points, this must be achieved from a minimum of 1 A2 subject, (combinations of AS levels will not be accepted) or equivalent i.e., Subsidiary Diploma, Adult Access in Science. Students with Level 3 NVQ qualifications will be considered on their merits but may be required to undertake additional assessment in Maths and English before being accepted onto the course.

  • Applicants must have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language. For entry to this programme, applicants should have attained a C grade in GCSE English language and a C grade in GCSE Maths (or equivalent).

  • For those entering a Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company. Each the applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy.

Please note that applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A-Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

To find out more about the application process for Higher Level Apprenticeships please see Information on Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Duration

3

Start Date

Monday 09 September 2024

End Date

Saturday 11 September 2027

Progression Pathway

On successful completion of the course, students may wish to progress onto the BEng (Hons) Level 6 (Top-Up) Degree in Engineering offered at our Newry campus.

This course will open up a range of diverse career opportunities in the field of technical design and manufacturing. Career paths will depend on your specific interests, specialisation, and industry preferences but some potential options may include:

  • Design Engineer

  • Manufacturing Engineer

  • Product Development Engineer

  • Industrial Automation Engineer

  • CAD Technician

  • Quality Control Engineer

Engineering (Top-Up Level 6, from Level 5)South West College

Description

This BEng (Hons) Engineering Degree programme has been designed with industry objectives at its core. The aim of this programme is to produce graduates who can apply their understanding, knowledge, experience, skills and know-how to create social and economic value within the context of the Northern Ireland and UK economy.

It aims to produce graduates who understand the underlying engineering principles and can conceive, design and implement a solution to a problem, creating something new which adds value to an organisation and society, within the boundaries of organisational strategy.

This course is offered through the Higher Level Apprenticeship pathway. Higher Level Apprenticeship

South West College is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.

The Open University regulations can be found Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here.

You can also download the full programme specification here.

*The fees quoted are payable for each year.

Modules

The objective is to develop graduates who:

  • Work pragmatically to solve problems and have strategies for being creative and innovative, overcoming difficulties by employing their skills, knowledge and understanding in a flexible manner

  • Are risk, cost and value-conscious, and aware of their ethical, social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional responsibilities

  • Are familiar with the nature of business and enterprise and operate within appropriate codes of conduct

  • Are professional in their outlook, capable of team working, effective communicators, and able to exercise responsibility and sound management approaches.

Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here

Download the full programme specification here.

YEAR ONE

  • Innovation through Engineering Design

  • Industrial Automation and Robotics

  • Operations Management

YEAR TWO

  • Business and Management

  • Dissertation

Assessment is varied and broadly aligned to the skills which are prevalent in the engineering industry. This will include, but is not limited to, a range of activities such as reports, presentations, group work, project based learning activities, lab work, practicals and exams.

Award

BEng (Hons)

Validated By

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

The Honours Degree Top Up will be available to any candidate who satisfies the criteria below:

  • A Ulster University or Queens University Belfast Foundation Degree with a pass mark of 55% or above in Level 5 modules. (or other relevant Level 5 qualification such as a Pearson's Higher National Certificate/Diploma) in an engineering related discipline.

  • Candidates presenting with FDs or HNC/Ds from other awarding bodies will be considered under RPL procedures.

  • GCSE English language and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above. (or equivalent, - for example, Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy, Essential Skills qualifications are also accepted).

  • All applicants must have reached the age of 18 years on admission.

To be eligible to commence study on the HLA pathway, applicants must have secured full-time paid employment in an engineering-related position.

International students (for whom English is not their first language), must demonstrate their competence in written and spoken English at IELTS – Academic 6.0, with minimum 5.5 in all four elements of the test. Trinity ISE - Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Duration

2

Start Date

Monday 09 September 2024

End Date

Monday 09 November 2026

Progression Pathway

On Successful completion of this Honours Degree, you will be in a position to go straight into a job commensurate with a degree level education.

You will also be in a position to progress onto a Masters degree programme with another institution.

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