Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering 

About this Qualification

This qualification, which is supported by SEMTA and was developed with industry support, provides learners with the skills and knowledge needed for engineering leadership including the ability to organise work, and to identify and prevent problems.

Who is the Qualification suitable for?

Those workers who are building on their craft based expertise by taking on a technical leadership role or those working in an engineering environment and would like recognition of their competence in a wide variety of engineering leadership activities, or a level 4 qualification.

What does it cover?

The skills and knowledge in one or more of a wide variety of engineering manufacturing activities including:
- Performing engineering operations
- Research
- Design
- New product development and introduction
- Engineering and manufacture
- Council for administration
- Business improvement techniques

Qualification Structure

Learners must complete a total of twelve units, including three mandatory units which cover statutory regulations, planning and managing a project, and solving engineering problems. This is followed by nine optional units, including areas such as engineering design and research; implementing, monitoring and evaluating engineering processes; building, supporting and managing a team; and implementing change.

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates must be aged 18 or over and should have:
- A variety of qualifications and must have an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering
- High motivation to carry out personal development for career progression
- Good analytical skills
- Good time management skills
- Good interpersonal skills and problem-solving abilities
- Good practical skills
- Good numeracy and literacy abilities to work with data
- The ability to work on your own initiative, but also be a good team worker 

N.B Apprenticeship funding supports individuals to progress to higher levels of learning. Individuals who already have a qualification at Level 4 or above are only eligible for funding for a higher apprenticeship at Level 5 or above. They are not eligible for funding for an intermediate level, advanced level or Level 4 higher apprenticeship.

What is the duration of the course?

The Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship takes approximately 36 months to complete.

How can I progress?

After completing the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship, you could progress onto a Foundation or Honours Degree, a Higher framework (Level 6) for Advanced Manufacturing, or a Level 5 or 6 Management qualification. Achieving the Level 6 Higher framework will provide excellent preparation towards professional registration as an Engineering Technician and progression to Incorporated Engineer registration. Other professional institutions who recognise the skills, knowledge and experience than this Higher Apprenticeship provides are the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).    

What Qualifications will I gain?

This qualification consists of an NVQ, where you will need to be working in a technical occupation, and you will also be required to achieve a higher education qualification such as HNC/HND. You can choose from a variety of pathways such as Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Maintenance etc. 

- The Level 4 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering:
The National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) will be by assessed through your training and within your workplace.