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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.
3 Years, 1 Years
Level 5

Course Structure

This course is studied part time over 3 years.

The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Mechatronics comprises the following 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

  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Work- Based Learning 


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Available Sessions

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Higher Level Apprenticeship in Mechatronics



Time: 09:00-19:00


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Contact Hours

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.

Entry Requirements

General GCSE Requirements:

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above
  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above or Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy


  • 2 GCE A-Levels to include a STEM subject or a Level 3 vocational qualification in Engineering, equivalent to 56 UCAS points

Other Entry Requirements:

  •  Applicants must be employed by an approved engineering or manufacturing company by 4th September 2020

International Requirements:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5
  • Trinity ISE: Pass at Level III, or other University-approved equivalent qualifications

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (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



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 direct entry to Year 2 of the following degree programmes at Ulster University:


  • BEng Hons in Mechatronic Engineering

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 Ulster University.

Terms & Conditions

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

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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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