Higher Level Apprenticeship in Industry 4.0 Manufacturing (Validated by the Open University)

Welcome to the Future of Making: Industry 4.0 where machines and technology work seamlessly together. Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is like giving our manufacturing processes a high-tech makeover where we connect machines and equipment to digital systems. With the power of Data Analytics, engineers can make lightning-fast decisions and predict the future with the support of some Artificial Intelligence. Imagine being able to see a potential machine breakdown and having time to fix it before it happens! Imagine being able to build the factory digitally and test scenarios, fine tune the process design and make the process run smoothly once you are ready to start production. In this programme, you’ll explore engineering basics and dive into the cutting-edge tech used by today’s manufacturing leaders. So, get ready to boost efficiency, increase profitability, and engineer your way to production success!

Academic Year: 2024/25
Course Code: 11146
Campus: Bangor
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
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 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. 

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.


  • GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills- Application of Number, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.


  • 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 54 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.]


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


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


  • 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

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 entry to University programmes.

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 the Open University.

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

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Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00-16:45

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