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Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Boost your career and integrate academic learning with on-the-job training

Boost your career and integrate academic learning with on-the-job training

4 years
Bognor Regis Campus


When you complete this course you will be awarded the Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship which includes the BEng Mechanical Engineering degree.

On this degree you will study mechanical engineering theory including solid mechanics, thermodynamics, computer-aided design (CAD) and mathematics. You will apply your theoretical learning in lab and workshop activities and have opportunities to design, test and manufacture real engineering systems.

You will complete design and build challenges each year and focus on developing engineering skills that are relevant to your organisation and role. You will explore topics such as finance, law and ethics to develop your skills as a capable and confident engineering professional.

On this course you will be employed in a full time or part time role with your employer and study in partnership with the University of Chichester. You will attend University for one and a half days per week in year one, and one day per week for years two to four, as well as studying independently outside of your work hours.

Enquire about our degree apprenticeships by emailing apprenticeships@chi.ac.uk. Both new and existing employees are eligible to apply. To apply you for this degree apprenticeship you need to apply directly to an employer and not directly to the University.


SI Protech Ltd
"I have found the degree apprenticeship experience to be incredibly beneficial for both myself and the company I work for, SI Protech. As an apprentice, I have had the opportunity to gain valuable academic knowledge and skills that I have been able to apply to real-world situations. This has given me the chance to gain experience and skills that would have been difficult to attain through traditional university studies alone. Through the degree apprenticeship, I have been able to work alongside experienced professionals who have been able to provide guidance and support throughout my journey. This has allowed me to develop my skills and knowledge in a practical environment, which I believe will be invaluable as I progress in my career."

Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) accreditation

This course is accredited by the IET, meaning you can be sure that you will develop the appropriate skills and knowledge for an engineering career and professional registration.

Institution of Engineering and Technology accredited programme logo

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will attend University for one and a half days each week in year one, and one day per week for the rest of your course. You will attend workshops, interactive seminars, practical, lab based activities and seminar discussions.


Use industry standard equipment

BEng Mechanical Engineering is taught in our state of the art Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

The Tech Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach.

With teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy facilities including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences
  • Practical, project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities
  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories
  • Material preparation lab for etching and polishing samples
  • Mechanical testing lab to test tensile and impact strength
  • Fabrication laboratory
  • Dynamic and thermofluids lab
  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design
  • Renewable labs (e.g. Solar PV modules and wind turbine modules)
  • Control and instrumentation lab
  • Power electronics and automation lab
  • Electrical machines lab
  • Digital electronics lab
  • Communication and circuit kits
  • Engineering workshop and Machining centre (e.g. CNC machines, drills, laser cutter, digital lathe, and specialist 3D printers)

The Course

What you will study

This course is delivered over two semesters per year for 4 years. In your first year you will study for 1.5 days per week, and for 1 day per week in the remaining three years.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Level 4

  • Mathematical Principles I
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical Principles
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • 1st Year Workplace Report
  • 1st Year Engineering Labs

Level 5

  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Mathematical Principles II
  • 2nd Year Engineering Workplace Projects
  • 2nd Year Mechanical Labs
  • Dynamic Systems
  • Statics & Materials

Level 6

  • Level 6 Workplace Project
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • Photonics and Optical Communications
  • Power System Operation
  • Power Electronic Converters
  • Mobile Communications
  • Thermo-fluids
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Mechanical Failure Analysis
  • Individual Engineering Workplace Projects
  • Renewable Energy & Sustainability
  • Business for Engineers

Course Costs

Your tuition fees will be paid by your employer and/or the Government so you will graduate without tuition fee debt.

As an employee you will receive your salary from your employer and be eligible for employee benefits while you study. You will not be eligible for a student loan.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Degree apprentices are recruited directly by employers or are already employed by the company.

To be eligible for the course you will need any of the following:

A Levels
C or above
3 A Levels including mathematics and preferably a technology subject.
BTEC Vocational Qualifications
Level 3
Level 3
Relevant work experience


Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

You need to apply directly to an employer for a degree apprenticeship, unlike traditional degree programmes.

You will be employed in a full time or part time role while studying in partnership with the University of Chichester.

Any other questions

If you have any other questions please contact apprenticeships@chi.ac.uk.

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