Higher Level Apprenticeship in Advanced Technician Mechanical & Manufacturing (General)

The course aims to provide opportunities for engineers or technicians to study subjects relevant to working in a Mechanical and/or Manufacturing environment. The course is particularly useful for students who have completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship and are interested in furthering their career. The teaching team consists of staff who are highly qualified with valuable industrial experience. Our staff are regularly trained to keep up to date with the changing needs of industry.

Academic Year: 2022/23

Course Code: 11056

Campus: Lisburn

Study Type: Part-Time

Education Level Higher Education


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Course Structure
This course is taught part time over 2 years.

Contact Hours

Contact hours

7 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study

2-3 hours studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements


A minimum of 48 UCAS points including:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering OR
  • An A Level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject OR
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications

GCSE Maths at Grade C or above or L2 Essential Skills Numeracy  

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include assessments, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?
Completion of HNC Engineering allows progression to the HND Engineering top up programme.

How will it make me more employable?
This course will equip you with formal qualifications which will improve your job opportunities and employability skills in the engineering sector.  You will also gain a range of soft skills regarded as highly desirable by employers and you will receive training on a wide range of industry standard equipment and software.

Additional Costs
There are no additional associated costs with this Programme

Course and Provider regulated by Pearson.

Course Modules
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Project
  • Quality and Process Improvement
  • Machining and Processing of Engineering Materials
  • Mechanical Workshop Practices
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

Available Sessions Summary

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This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

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