Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)

Engineering and manufacturing

The qualification provides learners with a great knowledge and extensive technical and non-technical skills in a wide range of engineering and advanced manufacturing subjects, along with practical experience and expectation of the situations that they could face in an engineering job role. The content is organised into three large groups, each one relating to a distinct occupational area – research, design, new product development and introduction, engineering and manufacturing and engineering software; management and leadership; and business–improvement techniques. Learners will complete one mandatory unit on statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements.

There are no entry requirements required for the units of competence unless there is a legal requirement of the process or the environment in which the apprentice is working in. Learners must be at least 16 years of age and have the potential to achieve all aspects of the qualification. Assessment is open to any apprentice who has the potential to reach the assessment requirements set out in the relevant units.

The Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) is an Occupational Qualification and intended as a Technical Level qualification. It has been specifically designed for 16-19 year old learners in full time education who are interested in pursuing a career in the engineering sector, including occupations and job roles such as product design and development engineer, electrical/electronic support engineer, control/technician support engineer, manufacturing engineer and /or aerospace engineer. The qualification may also be suitable for other learners, including adults, who are interested in engineering technology and/or are considering a career change.


Assessment includes externally set and marked examinations, Centre marked practical and/or theory assessments.
Assessment method: Portfolio of evidence.

The qualification can be delivered in a school, college or other learning provider, using a combination of practical workshops and theory sessions.