With a Graduate Apprenticeship in Engineering: Design and Manufacture, you could be part of an industry that's in high demand. We've worked with employers, colleges and universities in the engineering industry to create this qualification. This means you'll be gaining the skills, knowledge and understanding that the industry expects from a graduate.

What's the qualification?

You'll gain a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF level 10 entitled:

Graduate Apprenticeship in BEng (Honours) Engineering: Design and Manufacture

This qualification can also help you achieve Incorporated Engineer (IEng) recognition and you'll be on course to demonstrate the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) recognition.

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

A GA is about much more than just getting a degree. Because it’s work-based, you’ll also gain a whole range of useful experience and skills such as:

  • Design for manufacture ‘concurrent engineering’ capability: integrating engineering principles, materials and technology selection into structured design methodologies based on their application to real world challenges
  • Understanding business economics and sustainability issues alongside design engineering and design creativity
  • Sufficient understanding of the engineering business enterprise environment, including strategy development, leadership and business operations management
  • Personal and interpersonal effectiveness skills: working closely and collaboratively with other employees, stakeholders and customers in a contemporary engineering organisation
  • Project management and creative thinking skills, supported by a set of problem solving and modelling tools appropriate to engineering business operations

Course content

There are four key content areas which make up the Engineering: Design and Manufacture Graduate Apprenticeship:

  • Engineering principles/enabling technologies (60-65%)
  • Business management (10-15%)
  • Personal and interpersonal effectiveness skills (10-15%)
  • Project management (10-15%)

Where could it take me?

You could work in:

  • Engineering design
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Engineering consultancy
  • Engineering operations management
  • Engineering project management

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will vary by course and institution. Vacancy advertisements provide specific information on the qualifications required by the delivery institution for each GA. Alternatively, you can contact a university or college directly for guidance on entry requirements.


A GA at SCQF level 10 (honours degree level) will take up to four years to complete. A GA at SCQF level 8 or 9 (high apprenticeship) and SCQF level 11 (professional body qualification) will take up to two years to complete.

Some individuals may complete the GA in a shorter period of time because the format means they can attend university or college outwith traditional term times.

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