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ENGINEERING (TECHNICAL DESIGN & MANUFACTURE) Level 5 Foundation Degree Higher Level Apprenticeship

Open University Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering HLA DR-N

Level 5
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Higher Level Apprenticeship
Newry Campus


This new Higher Level Apprenticeship in Engineering (Technical Design and Manufacture) provides students with a broad education in aspects of technical design and manufacturing engineering, which equips them for a career in industry.

This 3 year Higher Level Apprenticeship is designed to equip apprentices with the ability to understand, utilise and develop the skills needed whilst working in the technical design and manufacturing engineering industry. It builds transferable skills in communication, teamwork, and the ability to self-reflect.

You will study 80 credits per year over 3 years. Students are required to attend SRC Newry Campus during semester time, for one full day per week. The remaining 4 days will be based with an employer. Students are required to engage in independent study.

All staff delivering on this programme are highly experienced with an extensive level of skillset across all engineering disciplines. 



  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.
  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 56 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A-Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications. This must include a recognised STEM A-Level subject or Level 3 Engineering.
  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or approved equivalent.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at  

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 56 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. 

For entry to Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company.  Each applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

Application Process for Higher Level Apprenticeships

Stage 1. Complete both the application form and the additional information form. Attend a pre-enrolment advice session where you will receive more information about your chosen course. You will be advised if you can progress to stage 2 if you meet, or have the potential to meet, the entrance criteria.

Stage 2. For applicants who receive a CONDITIONAL Offer from SRC, your additional information will be forwarded to a list of potential employers identified by SRC (alternatively if you have an employer in mind you can contact the College who will assess workplace suitability). You will progress to stage 3 if you meet the employer’s criteria for interview selection.

Stage 3. Interview stage: If following the interview stage you secure a Conditional Offer of Employment under the Higher Level Apprenticeship programme you will progress to stage 4.

Stage 4. Applicants must present evidence to SRC on A-Level results day that relevant A-Levels or equivalent qualifications are achieved. Evidence of a Conditional Offer of Employment must also be in place at this time from the participating employer. The College will then proceed to issue a FIRM offer onto the HLA Programme.

Please note that a FIRM offer is not a guarantee that the course will commence (see below point 2) 

Please note: 

  • Employers are responsible for contacting you (the applicant) directly to invite you for interview. SRC are not involved in the shortlisting or interview process. Employers are responsible for contacting you (the applicant) directly to make you an offer of employment.
  • The HLA programme will run subject to sufficient enrolments. Although you may be in receipt of a FIRM letter of offer onto the course, the College reserves the right to only run the course if sufficient enrolments are in place.
  • Attendance is strongly recommended by all Higher Level Apprenticeship applicants at the Southern Regional College’s Careers session. Invitations will be issued to advise date, time and location.



MODULES (Subject to Change):

  • Mathematics for Engineering.
  • CAD Techniques.
  • Manufacturing Technologies and Processes.
  • CNC/CAM.
  • Business Improvement Techniques and Project Management
  • Work Based Learning.


3 Years


Some modules are assessed entirely through coursework while others are assessed through a combination of coursework and written examination. 


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Upon successful completion of this course, you may progress to the Level 6 Bachelor of Engineering degree course at SRC


All full-time courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the Apply Now button (top right in the blue box) to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Tony Rodgers

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0300 123 1223


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