Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering - Level 4 Apprenticeship Framework (Out of centre learner)

SKU: GEN2/A/048

Course Aim:

This apprenticeships is ideal for those looking to gain a nationally recognised engineering qualification at level 4.

Student Pre-Requisites:

Completion of a Level 3 apprenticeship or typically 5 GCSEs grades A-C including maths and English at grade B or new grading equivalent. New apprentices also have to successfully pass the Gen2 aptitude test.


Course Duration:

Typically this apprenticeship will take 36 months.



Training for this apprenticeship will take place at a Gen2 centre based in West Cumbria, Carlisle and Furness.

 Programme Components:

Students are with their employer from day one and will study their taught components at an agreed Gen2 centre one day per week for the first 2 years. The students are visited by a Gen2 assessor in the workplace approximately every six weeks to assess their competence and monitor progress.


The programme delivered through Gen2 will consist of:

  • Level 4 Extended Diploma in Engineering (QCF)
  • HNC in Engineering or HND in Engineering (dependent on entry level of learner and employer requirements) 
  • 24 weeks in-centre completing practical engineering skills (if learner hasn't completed a Level 3 apprenticeship)

Years 1 and 2

  • One day per week day release to Gen2 Centre for the BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering or BTEC Level 4 Higher Diploma in Engineering
  • Six weekly assessment visits to the workplace
  • Development of a portfolio of evidence


Year 3

  • Six weekly assessment visits to the work place
  • Development of a portfolio of evidence
  • Assessment against the Apprenticeship framework


Delivery Plan and Commitment:

The qualification requires 20% of time from the student’s normal working week to be committed to the qualification for the duration of the programme. This time must be away from normal work duties 


Core knowledge includes:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and stringent organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting a range of engineering data sources and supporting documentation
  • Understanding key performance indicators and utilising lean techniques to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Supporting installation, testing and commissioning of a wide range of equipment as needed
  • Carrying out complex fault diagnosis and repair on high technology engineered systems
  • Maintaining mechanical, fluid and pneumatic power equipment
  • Maintaining electrical, electronic and process control equipment
  • Minimising machinery downtime by carrying out preventative planned maintenance
  • Confirmation testing and subsequent smooth hand over of equipment & plan
  • understanding the importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
  • understanding of general engineering/manufacturing mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations used by engineering technicians
  • understanding approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering/manufacturing problems


Qualification Gained:

On completion of this apprenticeship will gain the following qualifications:

  • Level 4 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacture (QCF)
  • HNC or HND in Engineering
  • Minimum Level 2 in English and maths (if not already achieved)

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