Our Applied Engineering Programme (AEP) allows you to gain a BEng degree while working full-time.
This course will develop you as a multi-disciplinary engineer, giving you a wide scope of career paths to follow. You will learn the fundamentals of engineering and technology including mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, materials and design. You will also develop knowledge and skills in business operations, innovation and cross-organisation efficiency.
The applied nature of this course means you will complete work-based assignments and projects throughout, meaning you will gain a real understanding of the principles taught and benefits to businesses.
This course also allows you to select options in the final two years so you can choose a specialist pathway that suits your career objectives and the needs of your company. Our streams are Applied Engineering, Business, Manufacturing, and Product Creation.
Industry focus – Over twenty employers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, and Rolls Royce contribute to the programme to ensure the latest innovative thinking is taught and applied back in your business
Flexibility - Modules are taught in six "blocks" per year with minimal impact on your day to day job. Assessments are mainly work-based assignments with some examinations
Prestige - Upon completion of the programme you will receive a BEng degree from a UK Top-10 University
Networking - Opportunities to cross-fertilise ideas and learn about how other organisations operate
Cutting edge environment - WMG and the University of Warwick have state of the art buildings and facilities
Career - This degree will boost your career potential and allows you to continue onto a Master's degree
For the first two years, you'll study six core engineering modules per year. These will take place in a series of 'blocks', which will require your attendance at the University of Warwick campus from Monday to Friday, approximately 6 times a year. Part of each module will be studied during each block. You will take both examinations and undertake work-based assignments as part of your assessment.
Across years three and four, you will select ten taught modules that are more specialised and individual to your learning needs. The emphasis here is on work-based assignments and projects, rather than formal written exams. Each module will run over five full days (Monday-Friday), at WMG. There is a 30 credit work-based project in year 4.
In addition to the normal lectures, practical lab sessions, seminars and tutorials, you will have access to an online "Virtual Learning Environment" for further support between modules.
A Work-Based Project tailored to each student’s workplace will be undertaken in Year 4.
This degree programme offers a flexible and non-traditional path into university education, and welcomes participants from a range of ages and company backgrounds. We have students on the course who have recently completed Apprenticeship schemes, some who are on Higher Apprenticeship pathways, and more experienced staff looking to further their career potential.
Please refer to individual companies you apply to, or your own company for their entry criteria.
To enrol on the programme, you must have the support of your employer, and have a good standard in Maths and Physics (equivalent to grade A or B at A-level), which we will assess through an entry test. Generally speaking, the entrance test standard is A-Level Maths (equivalent to A or B). We can provide online practice questions and revision information to help you with this - please contact us if you would like to access these.
This course will help you to:
• Apply relevant and advanced analytical, practical and laboratory skills to complex engineering problems
• Develop the ability to plan and manage the design and engineering process, and evaluate outcomes working with business and/or technical uncertainty.
• Understand the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in business management in the engineering sector
• Appreciate health & safety, environmental and commercial risk as well as legal and contractual issues relevant to business management and process operation.
"I completed my apprenticeship in August 2019 and now work as a Lead Engineer within Exterior Systems at Jaguar Land Rover. I am responsible for the delivery of a system (within exterior systems) from concept through to production. My job role is massively varied as I am involved in every stage of the development process; from working with the designers in the design studio through to working with the operators on the assembly line - so no 2 days are the same! I enjoy what I do and the experience I gained during my apprenticeship has proved invaluable so far and will continue to assist me in my future career."
"To me, the Supply Chain Operation Apprenticeship was a no brainer. Along with the main benefit of earning a competitive salary whilst you learn at a top 10 University, Airbus offers so much more. From the possibility of travelling to suppliers and to other Airbus sites, to employee benefits like discounted shopping. With this apprenticeship you will gain invaluable 4 years’ of experience at a world-class company which is a brilliant way to kick-start your career. My day to day job consists of helping manage suppliers and to help mitigate risks to the Airbus Supply Chain. This role offers a high aspect of responsibility and you are treated as a valuable member of the team, which is great as in other apprenticeships this is not offered. The main aspect I like about working in Airbus is the networking opportunities. In the 5 months that I have been at Airbus, I have managed to branch my network and gain extremely useful contacts for the future. I would definitely recommend this apprenticeship for anyone looking to make a significant start to their career!"
Thomas Kelsall, Supply Chain Operations Apprentice, Airbus
"The Applied section of the degree title initially attracted me to the AEP as I was keen to take my studies and prove their relevance within the company. I have not been disappointed. The course so far has helped me develop a strong fundamental knowledge in key modules such as mechanics, energy methods and electronics benefiting my maintenance role within company. Engineering Business and design have also given me a broader understanding of how engineering companies operate as a whole. The first year of the AEP has been a challenging and rewarding experience." Andrew Batsford, Engineering Apprentice, Stadco Ltd
“Having completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electronic Engineering, I wanted to carry on studying as part of my career development. I chose AEP because of the reputation of a Warwick degree and the course content and structure. I also liked that AEP covers business, systems and quality which should smooth progression into technical management. Regular assessments throughout the course allow you to see how you are progressing and is much better than the traditional end-of-year exams. The broad curriculum helps develop a more ‘rounded’ engineer and allows you to study areas outside of your current role for the benefit of your longer term career. I have recently gained a promotion and have been applying things I have learned on AEP to the new role so my company is already seeing a return on its investment.” Oliver Sanders, Design Engineer, L-3 TRL
"I jumped at the opportunity of the AEP (BEng): primarily to open up career opportunities, but also to link the years of practical experiences with the theoretical models. AEP enables you to study, but also share experiences with a wider audience." Mike Gardner, Workforce Readiness Supervisor, Vehicle Operations, Jaguar Land Rover
“The design of studying in week blocks makes the balance of work, study and home seem more manageable. It was also the attraction of studying at Warwick and mixing with other professions that appealed. I work in asset management and I am beginning to benefit from learning the generic principles of engineering and business and this is providing me with a greater understanding of the business I work in. The course is intimidating at first but as I have adapted to studying again I now enjoy it. I would definitely recommend it to other employees for all the reasons above and the Moodle facility (the AEP Virtual Learning Environment) is brilliant for distance learning.” Catherine Olorenshaw, Project Manager, Route Asset Management, Network Rail
“The AEP degree programme is one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life, but it has been a tremendously enlightening experience and I feel I am starting to become ‘an engineer’. At each personal review the growth in my ability has been mentioned and the fact I now look at the bigger picture in regards to the organisation rather than just my own job role.” Gordon Harris, AME Engineer Upperstructures, Jaguar Land Rover
How to apply
To enrol on the programme, you must have the support of your employer. We have listed some of the companies we have worked with on our Apprentices section. You may also be interested in our FAQs.
If you are already in work, please talk to your employer about potential opportunities to study with us. If you would like any more information please email or call us on 024 7615 0561.
If you are interested in sponsoring employees onto this programme, or using your levy funds, please email or call us on 024 7615 0561 to discuss your requirements.
Developed in collaboration with employers in the engineering sector, our Applied Engineering Programme offers a flexible and non-traditional path through university education and welcomes participants from a range of ages and company backgrounds.