Higher Level Apprenticeship in Mechatronics

Mechatronic Engineering unites the principles of mechanics, electronics and computing. It combines mechanical engineering problem-solving and design skills with expertise in digital electronics and computing systems to produce advanced products and systems through automation and the use of robotics. During this course you will complete the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering. 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: 2024/25
Course Code: 10196
Campus: Bangor, Lisburn
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Manufacturing & General Engineering

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Part-Time
Bangor
09/09/2024
Time: 09:00-17:00
Part-Time
Lisburn
09/09/2024
Day: Thursday
Time: 09:00-17:00
Course Structure

This course is studied part time over 3 years.

The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Mechatronics comprises the following modules: 

MODULES:

Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • CAD Techniques
  • Programming & Embedded Systems
  • Electrical & Electronic Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Analogue & Digital Electronics
  • Mechanical Fundamentals
  • Professional Studies
  • Automation, Robotics & PLCs 

Year 3

  • CAD/CAM
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Work- Based Learning 

This programme is based on a hybrid learning model with a focus on face-to-face delivery.

Contact Hours per Week

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

Personal Study to include Practical Assessments

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

General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application. You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment. Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

  • GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills- Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND

  • GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND

  • Passes in 4 different subjects (can include English Language and Mathematics and as above), with 1 at GCE Advanced (A) level (grades A-E), and 3 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Course Entry Requirements

A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points including:

• GCE A level (A2): Typical grade profile CC [to include 1 from Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Engineering, Electronics or Double Award Science/Applied Science.]

OR

• RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering with overall award profile MPP or Diploma in Engineering with overall award profile MM

OR

• Access to HE Diploma (NI): 45% overall in an Engineering Access course and 45% in level 2 Access Mathematics.

OR

• An equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.  

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Alternatively, you can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process, either through Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Further details on APL can be found in the HE Admissions Process section of our website and the HE Accreditation of Prior Learning SOP.  

International Students English Language Requirements

International applicants, from Non-Native English speaking countries, must have evidence of English Language Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

• IELTS 6.0 (Academic) (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)

• PTE Academic 51 (minimum of 46 in each part)

• Or equivalent UKVI-approved English Language Test

For further information please contact our International Department at international@serc.ac.uk

Higher Level Apprenticeship Eligibility

To be eligible for a Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA), in addition to the entry requirements identified above, you need to:

  • be employed or be about to take up permanent paid employment as an apprentice, or be an existing employee moving to a new job role, allowing you to gain appropriate industrial experience, with a Northern Ireland based company (does not include public sector) who is willing to support you as an HLA candidate,
  • work a minimum of 21 hours per week (which includes time for ‘off-the-job’ training),
  • be the minimum school leaving age in Northern Ireland.

Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include exams, coursework, presentations, practical and a work based project.  This is dependent on the requirements of each module  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.  

Successful completion of this course may enable you to apply to progress to a supervisory or management position within your company.  Alternatively successful completion depending on performance will allow direct entry to Year 2 of the following degree programmes at Ulster University:

  • BEng Hons in Mechatronic Engineering

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.

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

This programme is accredited by Ulster University.

Available Sessions

Course Type Title Campus Start Spaces Apply or get more information
PT
HE
Higher Level Apprenticeship in Mechatronics
Y10196BD1A

Bangor

09/09/2024

Time: 09:00-17:00

20+
PT
HE
Higher Level Apprenticeship in Mechatronics
Y10196LD1A

Lisburn

09/09/2024
Day: Thursday

Time: 09:00-17:00

20+

Please select a campus from the list above to view the available sessions.

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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.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
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