Higher Level Apprenticeship in Industry 4

Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, refers to the digital integration of manufacturing operations. Connecting machines and equipment to digital systems, using IIOT technology, with a view to making decisions quicker and more efficient using Data Analytics. Technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) will enable companies to learn and predict what is likely to happen in the future so that they can prevent machine breakdowns or foresee trends in certain markets, making them more agile and responsive. In this course you will study fundamental engineering principles and practices alongside advanced technologies being utilised in today’s cutting edge manufacturing companies as they look to improve efficiency and production capabilities.

Academic Year: 2024/25

Course Code: 11146

Campus: Bangor

Study Type: Part-Time

Education Level Higher Education


The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00-16:45

Course Structure

This 3-year Foundation Degree is delivered over 6 semesters.  You will attend college on a part time basis (1 day per week), whilst learning on-the-job in your place of employment during the rest of the week. In the first 3 semesters, learners will cover core engineering principles and practices whilst gaining an appreciation of new and emerging technologies. In Semester 2 Year 2 and through Year 3 of the programme, students will continue to study a range of contemporary modules whilst having the opportunity to undertake a structured work-based learning project within their engineering employment. 

Modules Year 1: 

  • Engineering and Computational Mathematics 
  • Mechatronic Systems and Control 
  • Programming Fundamentals 
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) 

Modules Year 2: 

  • Digital Manufacturing Infrastructure 
  • Science for Modern Engineering Technicians   
  • Computer Aided Engineering 
  • Manufacturing Systems Management 

Modules Year 3: 

  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence 
  • IIOT Data Security 
  • Work Based Learning   

In addition to the above modules, you may undertake a professional/ personal development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability within the Engineering sector.  This is a part time 3-Year Programme and is funded by the Department for the Economy. 

This programme is delivered using a hybrid learning approach.

Contact Hours

Contact Hours per Week 

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

Mandatory Additional Study  

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year 

Personal Study 

10 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials. 

Entry Requirements

GCSE English 

GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Essential Skills Level 2 Communication OR equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

GCSE Maths 

GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Essential Skills Level 2 Application of Number OR equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Additional GCSEs 

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. One of the additional GCSEs must be from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering) or computing subject area.   


A minimum of 54 UCAS 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 Double Award Science/Applied Science, or Computer Science.] or RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering with overall award profile MPP


RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering with overall award profile MM


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


An equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.


Successful completion of the admissions process   

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  

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

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
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.

Where will it take me?
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 entry to University programmes.

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.

Additional Costs
There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

This programme is accredited by the Open University.

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

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00-16:45

Enquiries Information

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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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