The aim of the apprenticeship is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of manufacturing engineering.

The apprenticeship 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 manufacturing engineering and current trends.

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 a Manufacturing Engineer.

What the apprenticeship covers

Manufacturing Engineers primarily support the activities involved in bringing design programmes into manufacture. This role is pivotal to the launch planning and smooth delivery of exciting new products or product refresh programmes. The focus is on the advanced manufacturing techniques and project management skills required to launch products on time, on cost and to the right quality. Typically Manufacturing Engineers work closely with a range of other engineers, functions and managers both within their own company and supplier base.

What will I study?

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
  • 5 weeks of 1 day off-the job degree assessment and/or directed/self-study activities.

The apprenticeship degree will provide learning in the following areas:

  • 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)

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.

All about the course

  • 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)

How you'll learn

All our Engineering Programmes have been designed around an approach to Engineering education called ‘CDIO’, CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate/Observe) ( developed by MIT. Each academic year you will typically complete one CDIO project as part of your degree apprenticeship studies. These projects will be typically sourced from local industry and therefore provide you and your peers with the potential opportunity to contribute to the local economy.

The Apprenticeship Degree Programme aims to equip you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours as defined in the apprenticeship standard. This supports you in the role as an apprentice and finally a graduate manufacturing engineer.

You will normally attend Mid Kent College and University for 3 trimesters per year, for a day a week and attend classes during the day consisting of blend of online and face to face tutorials, lectures, laboratories and engineering workshops. You will undertake independent study in the workplace to complete the requirements of the programme with ready access to library resources at both Mid Kent college and the University.

The Level 4 (first year) and some Level 5 (first part of second year) modules will be delivered by the Mid Kent College and the remaining level 5 (second half of 2nd year) and level 6 (third year) modules will be delivered by the University. The programme has been co-designed with the college and local industry to meet the requirements of an apprenticeship programme according to the apprenticeship standards as set out by the Institute of Apprenticeships.


The assessments are designed to support learning and work-related activities to the benefit of the apprentice and the employer. Modules are assessed by various combinations of coursework and examination. The coursework assessment will also support your personal development and preparation for the Apprenticeship End Point of Assessment.

Specialist facilities

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

Associated partners

The Graham Care Group
The Huntercombe Group
Medway Council
Pilgrims Hospices
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust
Strode Park Foundation