Apprenticeship Options and Course overview

Key course details
Start date September
Tuition fees £9000 per annum
(funding available for eligible students, see Tuition Fees and Funding below)

Primarily Coleg Cambria, Deeside
Placement activity at Swansea University Bay Campus

Programme Director

Dr Christian Griffiths

Apprenticeship Options

Foundation Degree – This is a 2 year programme. The final qualification will be a Foundation Degree in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.
BEng Degree Apprenticeship – This is the full 3 year programme. The final qualification will be a BEng in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

Seeking accreditation with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) for all programmes.

Course Overview

The Degree Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering is a broad-based curriculum which covers aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering, engineering design, materials, manufacturing methods, control systems, numerical analysis and modelling. In the final year, this extends into more advanced topics of automation and robotics, systems engineering, simulation and advanced materials.

Using the Framework for Degree Apprenticeships in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, this programme is designed to meet all the core elements (sections 1 to 5) to ensure our graduates have well-rounded, interdisciplinary knowledge ready for the future of the engineering sector. As this is a relatively new scheme, we will apply for professional accreditation through the IMechE at the earliest opportunity.

The programme is designed for learners employed within the engineering sector, as companies are increasingly looking to take on well-qualified school-leavers and direct them through an embedded degree apprenticeship scheme rather than taking on graduates. The BEng Degree Apprenticeship is an attractive route to a degree level qualification for existing employees, or those who have followed a vocational qualification route within the FE sector, as the qualification can be obtained alongside industrial experience, with lower levels of student debt.

The Swansea University awarded BEng degree is delivered as a partnership between Swansea University, Coleg Cambria and the employer companies. The degrees are awarded by Swansea University.

Key Benefits to Studying with Swansea University

Swansea University has been working closely with Industry since its founding over 100 years ago and has long experience of providing high-quality industry-based education, especially in Engineering. With an impressive research background, all Engineering subjects are ranked in the UK's Top 25 by The Times University Guide 2021.


Key features of the BEng Degree Apprenticeship programme:

  • Modules are taught by highly skilled Coleg Cambria and Swansea University Engineering tutors with a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
  • World-class facilities and resources
  • A mix of academic studies which links to practical vocational applications in all subject modules
  • Outstanding connections with many businesses and business leaders
  • Excellent student support, with all students having a personal tutor
  • Experienced provider of apprenticeship routes

Your experience

"I’ve had a great deal of support throughout the courses I’ve completed at Cambria which has really benefited my learning. I’ve found my Foundation Degree enjoyable yet challenging and it’s helped me advance in my day to day job. I’ve really enjoyed developing my knowledge and gaining new skills."

Kendal Irvine (FdEng Advanced Manufacturing Engineering student, Controls and Calibrations Apprentice at JCB Transmissions)

As part of your employment, you will register for a Degree Apprenticeship and be enrolled as a student with both Swansea University and Coleg Cambria. You will have one day each week released from work to study, which will usually be at the Coleg Cambria Deeside College site. This will form part of your normal employment and you should not be required to make up the hours separately.

The one-day per week will involve fairly intensive learning and teaching including a combination of conventional classroom lectures, computer-based work and practical/project activity. You will be expected to undertake additional study in your own time outside of these periods and about 25% of the course is built around work-based projects that you complete within your normal working role. You will be assigned a work-place mentor to guide you in this.

Assessments are spread throughout the year, with a mix of formal exams, coursework, design and project reports, and computer-based assignments. In the project selection, especially in the final year, you will be able to specify the subjects for your main research project to match the role you are doing in the workplace.