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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I already have a degree, but not in engineering. Can I still apply for this programme?

A: Yes. Anyone who has company support and is of a good A Level standard in Maths (B grade or above), and preferably also Physics, can apply.


Q: I'm not sure if I am at the correct standard in Maths and Physics, what do I do?

A: Please contact with details of your current qualifications and/or experience in these areas and we can provide you with more information.


Q: What is the application deadline?

A: Applications are made directly to the employer so you will need to check the relevant employer websites for deadlines. Jobs tend to be advertised the year before so we recommend checking early.


Q: How much time will I need to set aside for each module?

A: Each module is 15 credits, which works out at approximately 150 hours. This will be split into three sections, some preparatory work to complete before attending lectures, some face to face or live online delivery and then some remaining study and assessment. We suggest 20 hours study per week, plus or minus 5, as a guide. Working consistently each week is better than a mad dash at the end.


Q: Does the programme follow the standard academic year?

A: As far as possible yes, however there is likely to be some teaching in the vacations to ensure the best balance of work and study.


Q: Does the programme follow the same schedule for all years?

A: All years will follow the same pattern of: study, live delivery, study; however there may be some grouping of modules in the earlier years to enhance interdisciplinary learning.


Q: What is the likely work commitment in the summer period, between years?

A: There is not a big commitment over the summer, although if you have any resits, you would need to prepare for these. The summers would also be a good time to work on your work based project(s), but this is not essential.


Q: What is the structure of each block of face to face or live delivery?

A: Sessions will usually be grouped into two or three days delivery at a time. These days will generally be from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and/or Friday 8.30am – 12.00pm


Q: How many students usually undertake the course?

A: The anticipated intake is 50 apprentices per year.


Q: What are the course limits/contingencies in the event of illness or unforeseen personal circumstances?

A: Each case would be treated individually, depending on your circumstances and in line with University procedures.


Q: Does the course have ties with any industrial partners, e.g does it make use of external lecturers?

A: The whole programme was developed with industrial input, especially from JLR. The nature of the programme means that industrial speakers are used widely but more so in the later years.


Q: How will the course be assessed?

A: The course will be assessed in a number of different ways including examinations, assignments, projects and lab reports. Each module will have an average of two assessments.


Q: What academic support is available?

A: All participants will have an apprenticeship or personal tutor who can be contacted directly. Module Tutors provide videos, worked examples and forums to support students in our virtual learning environment. In addition the University provides a range of academic support, details of which can be found here