Manufacturing OR Mechanical Engineering

Manufacturing OR Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Manufacturing Engineer - Level 6

Manufacturing Engineers help take products from design to manufacture, ensuring that they are launched on time, at cost and to the right quality.

With a Manufacturing Engineer and a Mechanical Engineering Degree Pathway this programme develops engineers who can apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific principles and discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Students develop the skills to systematically apply those engineering principles to solve salient and unpredictable real-world engineering problems.

They will graduate as professionals equipped with the necessary skills and expertise required to design, analyse and optimise mechanical systems.

The course and experience provide a base for future progression onto Chartered Engineer status.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accelerate your career without a career break
  • Achieve a professional qualification/accreditation alongside the degree.
  • Share and learn with a unique peer network of professionals

Benefits to the employers

  • Upskill future leaders to help scale your business
  • Industry led learning to apply in your business
  • Access funding to develop highly qualified professionals
  • Projects deliver tangible business benefits

Read more information for employers

What does the programme lead to

Manufacturing Engineers primarily support the activities involved in bringing design programmes into manufacture. This role is pivotal to the launch planning and smooth delivery of exciting new products or product refresh programmes. The focus is on the advanced manufacturing techniques and project management skills required to launch products on time, on cost and to the right quality. Typically Manufacturing Engineers work closely with a range of other engineers, functions and managers both within their own company and supplier base.

Job Roles

JOB ROLES INCLUDE: Aerospace engineer, Automotive engineer, CAD technician, Contracting civil engineer, Control and instrumentation engineer, Maintenance engineer, Mechanical engineer, Nuclear engineer.


Professional qualifications

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Further professional development and registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 6
START DATE: September
LOCATION/CAMPUS: Preston or Burnley
DURATION: 6 years

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS points including Maths and Physics at C or equivalent STEM at C.

The following configurations are typically required:

  • Three A2 level subjects.
  • Two A2 level subjects plus one single award Advanced VCE.
  • One A2 level subject plus one double award Advanced VCE. · One A2 level subject plus two single awards Advanced VCE.
  • Plus, evidence of Key Skills.

Other acceptable qualifications include:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (including Maths units)
  • BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (including Maths units)
  • Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects & HL5 in required subject.
  • IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
  • GCSE: 5 at grade B/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

If an applicant has gained a BTEC HND in Engineering, it may be possible to achieve entry with advanced standing. Applicants should note that a minimum period of study may apply. Please consult the UCLAN admissions department for the most up to date requirements.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


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Course Content

Level 4

  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Applications
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science

BEng(Hons) Manufacturing Engineer Pathway

Level 5

  • Engineering Design and Manufacture
  • Thermo-fluids
  • Operations Management A
  • Choose one – CAD and Simulation or Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation
  • Industrial Placement

Level 6

  • Project
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Engineering Design
  • Operations Management B
  • Engineering Simulation
  • Automated Production B

View course handbook: 2019

BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering Pathway

Level 5

Design and Manufacture
Mechanics, Kinematics, and Materials
Operations Management A
Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation
Industrial Placement

Level 6

  • Project
  • Mechanical Engineering Systems
  • Advanced CAD OR Engineering Simulation
  • Mechanical Reliability
  • Engineering Design

View course handbook: 2019

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and oldest branches of engineering. Mechanical engineers are involved with the design, analysis, testing, manufacturing, control, operation, and maintenance of mechanical systems.


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week).

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: BEng (Hons)
APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Manufacturing Engineer - Read more
LEVEL: Level 6
FUNDING BAND: Maximum funding: £27,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

Additional fees for Employers:

Degree Apprenticeships are paid by employers through the Apprenticeship levy and not by apprentices. Apprentices do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

UCLan works with each employer to identify and tailor the delivery of the program to their needs, the workplace, the role, and the requirements of each apprentice. The price agreed with the employer is dependent on these requirements based on a sliding scale depending on numbers, location, and mode of delivery.

UCLan also offers a range of added value services over the top of the funding band including:

  • Embedded staff in the workplace to support the manager and apprentice and coordinate role development and learning
  • Additional support where the employer does not have qualified professionals to mentor and manage the role development in the workplace
  • Additional short courses for required professional training and certification, languages, or management and leadership

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Engineering
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Further Information for students

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