Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Manufacturing Engineering 2020/21

Year of entry

*Subject to validation

This course is only available to applicants via an apprenticeship scheme.

The Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship at Canterbury Christ Church University is a unique and inclusive learning opportunity, co-designed with local industry, to equip apprentices with the knowledge, understanding and skills to take on the role of Manufacturing Engineer. To apply for this apprenticeship, you will need to be employed full-time (30+ hours per week) in a relevant role and have the support of your employer.

Manufacturing engineers deal with leading-edge technology, e.g. product/part design, new materials, precision, mass production to bespoke production line. Manufacturing engineer apprentices will work with the company team from sales to shop floor, depending on the size of the organisation. Manufacturing engineers ensure systems meet demand, are reliable, are integrated and ensure smooth production operations. The apprenticeship degree will provide learning to support you with your responsibilities in your role, i.e. keep manufacturing services fit-for-purpose for example:

  • programming, installation, and maintenance of the automated machinery (Computer-assisted process and control engineering) ensuring efficient use energy
  • overseeing the flow of raw materials into a factory and through the production lines (Enterprise resource planning) ensuring product quality, reliability and output levels
  • logistic solutions to inventory or to the customer’s site (Environmental protection, safety, and handling of hazardous materials).
Great news!

We’re building a new £60m Science, Engineering, Technology and Health facility on our main campus in Canterbury, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our engineering students. We’re planning to open Building 2 in September 2020, with building work now well underway.

This course is available to applicants via an apprenticeship scheme. The aim of the apprenticeship is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of manufacture engineering. It integrates academic learning at degree level with your full-time work experience. As you are employed as an apprentice throughout the programme, you will apply what you learn in the classroom to real-industry situations. At the same time, you will bring real industry challenges into the classroom to help develop a deeper understanding of manufacture engineering.

The apprenticeship degree includes a 3-year taught work/study programme with an additional 6 months set aside for completing the compulsory End Point Assessment (EPA). As part of the apprenticeship standard requirements, you are required to have 20% of your working week dedicated to off-job apprenticeship learning (1 day in 5).

Each academic year consists of 120 credits of study, typically 40 credits per trimester. Each trimester is 15 weeks, and consists of:

  • 10 weeks of 1 day a week off-the-job in class studying at Canterbury Christ Church Campus or partner institution
  • 5 weeks of 1 day off-the job degree assessment and/or directed/self-study activities.

Our Engineering Apprenticeships adopt the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) engineering education model, developed by the MIT. CDIO has been shown to develop and produce ‘industry-ready’ engineers and will assist in producing the right engineers for the local economy.

Core modules

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Introduction to Electromechanical Systems (20 credits)
  • Mathematics and Computing for Computing Apprentice Engineers (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Material and Manufacture (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Design Engineering (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice Maintenance Engineering Project (40 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Dynamics of Fluid and Thermal Applied Systems (20 credits)
  • Dynamics of Applied Solid Mechanics and Materials (20 credits)
  • Manufacturing Systems (Sensors, Comms and Control) (20 credits)
  • Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Design and Manufacture (20 credits) OR Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Building Services Design (20 credits)
  • Applied Engineering Product Lifecycle (40 credits)

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Dynamic Modelling (Material, Fluids and Thermal Dynamics) (20 credits)
  • Manufacture Logistics and Supply Chain Engineering (20 credits)
  • Applied Manufacturing Industry 4.0 (20 credits)
  • Designing for Applied Manufacturing (20 credits) OR Designing for Modular Building Manufacturing (20 credits)*
  • Professional Applied Engineering Project (40 credits)

*these modules relate to the build off-site industry in Kent and Medway and are subject to employers’ agreement that their apprentices can study them. Also subject to sufficient apprentice numbers to ensure viability.

Your employer will need to support your application and fund your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

The assessments briefs where ever possible are designed to support learning and work-related activities to the benefit of the apprentice and the employer.   

In 2020, we will open a major new facility for science, engineering, health and medicine, part of our £150m vision to transform our Canterbury Campus. The new building will be the main base for our Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub, with specialist centres across the region located alongside Engineering and Technology businesses.


Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new building has to offer.

This apprenticeship has been co-designed with local industry to equip apprentices with the knowledge, understanding and skills to take on the role of Manufacturing Engineer. 

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • N/A


  • The programme will take between 3 to 3½ years to complete, depending on your employer's requirements. All individuals admitted onto this programme will be in full-time employment and will study part-time (day release).


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • All applicants will need to be in full-time employment (30+ hours per week) and have the support of their employer.

    Typically, candidates will have relevant level 3 (equivalent to A level) qualifications. Employers might consider prior work experience as an alternative.



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