Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship (EAL)
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Level 3 Technology Centre up to 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering is an excellent opportunity for Apprentices who would like to build on their knowledge and skills gained at Level 2. This course is 90% workshop based and Apprentices will study practical skills and general workshop activities to achieve the qualification.

This course can lead to a BTEC Bridging course in Maths and Science for those wishing to progress to either a higher Apprenticeship, HNC or HND.

Apprentices will be working towards achievement of the following:

• Level 3 EAL AVRQ Technical Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

• NVQ Diploma Relevant to Job Role

• Employee Rights and Responsibilities

• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

When on your college day-release, you will be taught by your Tutor or Training Officer. You will spend the remainder of the week in the workplace where you will put your new skills into practice. Whilst at work, your Training Officer will visit you and carry out assessments in a variety of styles: observing you; completing knowledge questions; setting practical tasks. They will also help you build your portfolio of evidence for your NVQ.


What topics will I study?

Topics covered:

  • Engineering and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Engineering Organisational Efficiency and Improvement
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Techniques
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming and Machining
  • Maintenance Engineering Principles
  • General Engineering Maintenance Techniques
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Advanced Turning

Pathways include:

  • Engineering Technical Support
  • Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical or Mechanical Maintenance
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • Electronic or Electrical Engineering

What experiences will I get?

You will use industry-leading CNC equipment.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must have completed a Level 2 framework in Engineering and should ideally have English and Maths GCSE’s at Grade C/4 and above. We will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.

You will need to complete the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) before progressing to the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3). You should have a strong interest in engineering.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in Victoria House.

Click here to find out about travel options to the Technology Centre.

What can the course lead on to?

This course will launch you directly into the workplace and provides an excellent way to build your career and progress to further training and education.

Are there any additional costs?

All students need to have overalls, safety boots, drawing equipment and a scientific calculator.

What support can I get?

You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.

What will this training cost me?

This can vary depending on the age of the Apprentice and the size of an organisation. Please contact a Training and Recruitment Advisor on 01392 400800 for more information.

What do our students think?

I work with Alcoa Howmet Ltd as part of the Plant Engineering Department where my knowledge is being put to good use on a daily basis. With the support of my employer and the college I now have a real future in engineering ahead of me. It goes to show how the training plus the job have really helped me succeed. I have progressed from the Apprenticeship to the Advanced Apprenticeship and am continuing with my studies on the Foundation Degree. All this was made possible through a combination of a supportive employer, my training at Exeter College along with all the hard work and commitment that I have put in."


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