Course Enquiries - UK
Tel: 0207 815 7500
Course Enquiries - UK
Tel: 0207 815 7500
Do you have a creative mind to make available to science? Can't wait to provide the industry with some new mind-blowing product nobody had seen coming? Then this course is the right place for you to develop your passion and skills.
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships.
The modules that you will undertake will help to build your core skills and experience: the production of design drawings, digital design skills in CAD and graphics, technical engineering analysis, presentation and communication skills and the production of working prototypes. Throughout your course you will be given a platform to build your network through live briefs, industry career talks and your final year degree show.
All the way through the course, employability skills are promoted – with guest speakers from industry, business insights, graduate start-up and entrepreneur schemes. Jobs directly related to an apprenticeship degree in Product Design & Development Engineering include:
By studying the apprenticeship route, you gain real world work experience combined with a better understanding and analysis of your daily tasks, building skills and contacts. You will build the intellectual capacity required to think critically, and the practical skills to develop and communicate design ideas through processes of thinking, making, giving you the edge on graduation.
When you graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, and the academic strength of this course means that you can also consider entering the field of academic research.
By completing the apprenticeship route, you’ll have the advantage of having real-world work experience, working in a role related to your area of study. This will give you a competitive edge among other graduates when you complete your apprenticeship standard.
During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, who can help you develop your skills through the Careers Gym workshops and presentations. Our JobShop advisers support students and graduates with finding the right job for them.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
The Division of Mechanical Engineering and Design has active links with the following organisations:
The course will be a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical based exercises and will be assessed by a wide variety of methods including, design project portfolios, presentations and examinations.
All students are allocated a personal tutor who they will normally meet with once per semester. As an apprentice they will also be allocated a Skills Assessor who will be ensuring that regular progress reviews take place and that they are on track for completion of the apprenticeship.
4 years academic programme plus up to 1 year preparation for EPA
96% coursework assessed
Degree apprenticeship assessed by EAL
Candidates will be employed by a company operating in relevant fields of engineering or technology or design and be nominated by that company to undertake a PDDE Apprenticeship.
Candidates must have the following entry requirements:
Candidates are normally interviewed by LSBU before being offered a place and are asked to bring along evidence of their design thinking, this can take the form of a selection of imagery (portfolio) that showcases these skills. There is no such thing as a ‘standard’ portfolio. In short, we would like to see exciting example sheets of design or other creative work, which collectively illustrate a breadth of skills. This might include (in no particular order):
APEL may be considered in determining the entry requirements for candidates with relevant academic qualifications and/or work experience but cannot replace the requirement for formal qualifications in Mathematics.
Applicants may be considered for advanced entry. Applicants will be interviewed and will be required to have formal prior qualifications to demonstrate preparedness for direct entry.
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An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.
The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers
The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.
Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.
Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.
Some modules include field with and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students are required to contribute towards the cost. If there are any field trips or any course visits as part of your course, we will let you know in good time.