Engineering Apprenticeship Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Begin your apprenticeship journey at BTC by applying for an apprenticeship on our website or through our prospectus form. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option. Then, have a look at relevant vacancies by visiting our vacancy page . If you haven’t found a suitable vacancy, you will automatically be placed into our Talent Pool.

As a member of our Talent Pool, you will be the first to hear about new vacancies and we offer support with CVs, interview techniques, employability skills and much more!

If you are interested in engineering and the challenge of work, but want to keep learning in a practical way, then this course is for you. You need to be able to follow instructions and pay close attention to detail, as well as able to use Maths.

In the first year, you will attend College for two days a week to do a basic engineering course which includes using a range of precision engineering machinery, welding equipment and computer aided design systems. There will be a further half day a week required if Functional Skills need to be taken.

The Level 3 requires you to attend College one day a week in both years two and three to study for a City & Guilds or BTEC qualification as your Technical Certificate and work with an employer four days a week.

You will then specialise in one of the following, according to your job requirements:

  • Welding and fabrication
  • Maintenance (mechanical or electrical)
  • Manufacturing
  • Technical support

Learners will be expected to wear the following mandatory PPE/RPE in the BTC workshops when carrying out welding activities:

  • TIG/MMA welding gloves
  • Leather apron
  • Head mounted welding screens
  • Air fed welding screens (Loaned and available on a first come first served basis)
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Safety boots
  • Proban overalls
  • A P3 Respiratory protection which protects against welding fumes.

PPE/RPE which is brought in by learners for use in our workshops will be checked to ensure it is suitable for welding related activities.

Assessment Methods

There are no exams. Your knowledge and skills are assessed on an on-going basis and you will have to demonstrate that you can meet the required standards throughout your training. There will however, be examinations for the additional qualifications, such as City & Guilds or BTEC Technical Certificates and Functional Skills (if required).

Progression Options

The Apprenticeship is widely recognised in the employment market and fully qualified Engineers are always in demand, both home and abroad. On successful completion, you could progress to an HNC or Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics at University Centre Somerset.

Course Summary

Course Title Engineering Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements

You should be educated to GCSE level and you may need to complete an
initial assessment at College, which will help us guide you to the most
appropriate programme to meet your needs. If you do not have a job, the College
may be able to help you find one. You will be employed and paid a

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Coming to college was daunting at first but the independence you gain is amazing. I have definitely developed as a person and become more adult due to the freedom we are given here, it really prepares you for the future.

Peter Rutt- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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