Process Engineering

Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Process Engineering 2020/21

Year of entry

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

This degree apprenticeship has been co-designed with pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, drink, chemical, and water companies. Apprentices will learn through designing, implementing, commissioning, operating and maintaining process systems to ensure process quality and efficient reliability. Apprentices will be supported to develop as Process Engineers through working with a range of scientific and engineering teams to:

  • Translate a set of bench top experimental procedures into larger scale production reality
  • Operate and maintain existing API processes
  • Commercially and safely produce and distribute commercial products
  • Commission and decommission processes
  • Service and clean process systems
  • Process water material.
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 process 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 process 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)

  • Applied Physical Chemistry and Thermodynamics (20 credits)

  • Applied Chemistry to Chemical Engineering (20 credits)

  • Applied Heat and Fluid Transfer (20 credits)

  • Applied Chemical Engineering Maths and Computing (20 credits)

  • Introduction to Applied Chemical Engineering Project (40 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Applied Process Engineering of Chemical Reactions (20 credits)

  • Further Applied Heat and Fluid Transfer (20 credits)

  • Introduction to Applied Process Design and Control (20 credits)

  • Applied Process Operations of Separation (20 credits)

  • Professional Applied Chemical Engineering (40 credits)

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Industry 4.0 for Process Manufacturing (20 credits)

  • Advance Applied Process Engineering of Chemical Reactions (20 credits)

  • Advance Applied Heat and Fluid Transfer (20 credits)

  • Applied Process Safety, Sustainability and Environment (20 credits)

  • Professional Applied Engineering Project (40 credits)

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. 

You will need to already be employed in a relevant role and your employer will need to be willing to support your application. If you don’t have an employer who can support you, you can search for an apprenticeship job.

For advice on completing your application, please contact the Apprenticeship Unit.


Tel: +44(0)1227 921911

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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