Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: TEI254
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Part time

The Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as an Engineer in a variety of industry sectors. You will be working in a manufacturing environment where your duties could encompass many areas of Engineering such as milling, grinding, marking out, working from designs and selecting and using secondary machining techniques to remove material.

What will I study?


  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
  • Level 2 Pearson BTEC Extended Certificate in Engineering (Specialist Manufacturing Engineering)


To include:

  • Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Part programming CNC machines
  • Engineering measuring and marking out
  • Select and use Secondary Machining Techniques to Remove Material


Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT (as required)


Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral Questioning
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration /Assignment
  • Practical Examination
  • Written Examination
What can I do next?

The Level 2 Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to progress on to an Advanced Apprenticeship to upgrade your competence and knowledge to fully skilled status. The Advanced Level offers a choice of 14 occupational sub sectors such as aerospace, automotive, marine and electrical/electronic etc. Most Apprentices aspire to a combination of internal promotion within their companies to team leader or supervisor level. Once you have completed the Apprenticeship as a qualified Engineer you will be equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications required for working within the industry.

Your Study Programme

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Future income

Starting salaries can be between £22,000 and £26,000 a year. Experienced mechanical engineers can earn between £30,000 and £50,000.

The highest average salaries tend to be paid to engineers working in the oil and gas industry, in advanced manufacturing and those employed by utility companies.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.

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