BEng (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship Engineering (Design and Manufacture

As a working professional, enhance your qualifications and knowledge and support your career growth to become an engineer. 

The purpose of the Graduate Apprenticeship BEng (Hons) Engineering (Design and Manufacture) course is to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge to become professional engineers capable of working in various engineering environments. You will specialise in one of the following streams: computer aided engineering, control and instrumentation or electrical power engineering design.

This specialist approach allows you and employers to choose the stream which is the best fit for their workplace. The Engineering (Design and Manufacture) Graduate Apprenticeship is co-designed with employers to ensure it meets industry needs. The School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment has more than 30 years’ experience in delivering engineering education to employees on a day release basis.

From a human capital and talent management perspective an employer may either upskill current employees or recruit new talent into the business and support them through the Graduate Apprenticeship course. Most employers use both models to increase their skills pipeline within the business.

Graduate Apprenticeships are fully-funded by Skills Development Scotland. Skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience of current employees will all be used to inform at which level of the programme candidates will commence their education.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



BEng (Hons)
Blended Learning
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
BEng (Hons) Blended Learning 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Standard entry

For new employees applying directly from school:

SQA Higher: BBBC including Maths and either Physics or Engineering Science, plus Nat 5 English at C 

Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For applicants with prior work experience and professional qualifications, there is a possibility to be considered through the university’s flexible entry system through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This process allows prospective graduate apprentices to claim credit(s) against previously assessed and certificated learning, including informal learning, to be considered and recognised for academic purposes and credit within their course.

Advanced entry may also be granted through RPL. Skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience will all be used to inform which year of the degree you will enter into.

Employees who have completed a Modern Apprenticeship (MA), and hold an HNC in a Mechanical Engineering subject, with the equivalent minimum Engineering Maths 1 and Engineering Maths 2, will also be eligible to apply.

Additional requirements

Candidates must be employed in the same field as the course of study and must supply a supporting letter from their employer as part of the admissions process.

The UK Engineering industry is dynamic with many sectors and engineering opportunities for qualified professionals.

Graduates may embark on a range of career pathways, depending on their chosen specialism, such as: aerospace, naval and marine, oil and gas and energy, pharmaceutical, renewables, rail and transport, power and utilities

The Apprenticeship has a typical duration of four years to Honours award for first year entrants or less for those granted advanced standing through Recognition of Prior Learning. 

Graduate Apprenticeship delivery for this course commences with a three-day induction followed by attendance one day a week. 

Trimester A

12 days’ attendance (mid-September to mid-December)

Exams in January (not for Level 1)

Trimester B

12 days’ attendance (mid-January to mid-April)

Exams in May

Trimester C

No attendance (May to August) apart from project presentations in early August.

Year 1 

Exit award: Certificate of Higher Education level

Core Modules: Mathematics 1, Electrical Principles and Circuit Theory, Principles of Programmable Systems, Mechanical Principles, Engineering Materials, Integrated Engineering Studies 1, Engineering Applications


Year 2

Exit award: Diploma of Higher Education level

Apprentices will study modules specific to their chosen specialism


Level 3

Exit award: BEng Engineering (Design and Manufacture) (Degree level)

Apprentices will study modules specific to their chosen specialism


Level 4

Exit award: BEng (Hons) Engineering (Design and Manufacture) (Honours Level)

Apprentices will study modules specific to their chosen specialism plus an Honours Project


Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

This Graduate Apprenticeship provides a career-orientated learning experience from a school that is an approved provider of professional certification for, amongst others Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle and 7Safe.

You will have access to the best suite of network and security engineering labs in Scotland, and possibly the UK, providing an unmatched hands-on learning experience.

Graduate Apprenticeships are co-designed by GCU and industry partners. GCU invites a diverse range of guest lecturers - dependent on relevant subject areas, current industry news and course needs - to share their expertise in every subject area.

The Apprenticeship is delivered via blended learning (online and face to face). All reading material, tutor discussions, assignment setting, marking and feedback, timelines and key dates are located in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) GCU Learn. Through a one password access logon for the VLE, students also access the University’s library.