Is this course right for me?

The Higher Apprenticeship framework has been designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sector in Wales with high-grade technicians and engineers who have practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification.

The programme will facilitate progression to Level 5/6 qualification and enable apprentices to work towards Incorporated Engineer status.

Higher Apprentices will undertake higher-level technical occupations in such sectors as aerospace, mechanical, electrical/ electronics, automotive, maintenance, wind generation, research and development, marine, space and rail engineering.

Entry requirements:

  • Previous Engineering awards (e.g. BTEC and NVQ at Level 3) and experience in the Engineering sector desirable

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


Evidence from the workplace is collected for the NVQ element where an assessor regularly visits on site to discuss progress  

College is usually on a day-release basis over 2 years where the Technical Certificate (HND or HNC) is followed.

Framework requirements also currently require Essential Skills at Level 2 in Application of Number, Communications and IT, as well as wider Key Skills at level 2 in Working with Others and Improve own Learning.


For the NVQ element:

  • Completion of a portfolio of evidence
  • Work based observations to assess competency

For the Technical Certificate (HND/HNC):

  • Theory based tasks and tests


Level 5/6 awards

This programme is part funanced by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.