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Course Enquiries - UK
Tel: 0207 815 7500
The Rail and Rail Systems Engineer Apprenticeship includes an engineering qualification in Rail and Rail Systems Engineering FdEng. This Apprenticeship Standard aligns with the current edition of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
The FdEng in Rail and Rail Systems Engineering (Electrical) is distinctive in that it teaches the underlying principles of the related theory of electrical and electronic engineering coupled with the required software tools and systems engineering approach to design and enable graduates to tackle complex engineering projects that are common place in the rail engineering sector.
This course focuses especially on the Electrification of various assets on the Railway, their operational and regulatory requirements and their specific nature of operation. As learners progress through the course, they become more familiar with the rail industry relevant aspects related to Electrification and the L5 analytical modules provided the background required to understand the more advanced aspects related to Electrical Plant, their operational requirements, operating characteristics etc. The team project at L5 will provide an opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams to foster an integrated work culture and also bring out the best of everyone while working as a team and sharing responsibility to see through the team idea into a product or service.
The course ultimately complements accrued knowledge both in the general electrical/electronic domain, professional practice aspects, knowledge about application and development of relevant standards, coupled with the technical knowledge gained in the L5 modules, to prepare them either towards a graduate course or achieve best practice in their professional career with the added understanding gained of the various sub systems from a design perspective.
The overall aim of this course is to produce Engineers who hold a qualification that meets the educational requirements of the relevant Professional Engineering Institution for registration at the appropriate level (fully satisfies the academic requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician and partially satisfies the requirements for registration as a Incorporated Engineer) and also meet the requirements of the Rail & Rail Systems Engineer standard.
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the IfA website.
All modules are compulsory, and each module attracts 20 credits.
This course is only offered as an apprenticeship course to learners who are currently in employment in the rail industry with an employer such as Network Rail, or any other rail industry related employer.
The content of this course was developed to meet the L5 equivalent requirements for the core knowledge and skills required for the Rail and Rail Systems Engineer apprenticeship standard and differs very much from a standard L5 degree.
Learners will be aiming to work as a Sub/Junior Engineer in the railway industry.
Learners are already in employment within the Railway industry.
This is a Level-5 UG course and students can wish to top-up, with further study, to a BEng course.
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.
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The course is developed to meet the core knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements of the Rail and Rail Systems Engineer apprenticeship standard appropriate to L5.
Several teaching staff have industry links and are actively engaged in research with the relevant industries.
We also have an Industrial Advisory board, membership of which is drawn from industries, who have been employers of our students and are major employers in the South East of England.
The course is taught using a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, computing and laboratory workshops. Students will also be undertaking group work and will do presentations as part of the course work requirements on some of the modules that form part of the course.
The course is assessed using a combination of course work assessments such as logbooks, formal reports, open and closed book examinations, laboratory and computing workshop tests.
The break down between course work and end of module exam weights vary across the modules and levels of the program, typically varying form 100% course work on certain modules, 50% course work and 50% examination on a handful of modules through to 30% course work and 70 end of module examination.
Each student on the course is allocated a personal tutor in the first week of the first year (usually the course director) on the course as part of Personal Development Plan (PDP).
To be considered for entry to the first year of this course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:
Applicants may exceptionally be considered for entry to the second year of the course with the following qualifications. Applicants will normally be interviewed and may be required to sit a Mathematics test to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.
In addition to the academic suitability, apprentices will also be assessed through a formal interview by the course director to establish that they have adequate work experience to support an advanced entry and that their related work experience can be documented through OneFile towards consideration for their e-portfolio/end point assessment. This will usually be in agreement with the employer so that the apprentice is supported fully.
RPEL may be considered in determining the entry requirements for candidates with relevant work experience but cannot replace the requirement for formal qualifications in Mathematics.
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.
There are steps the apprentices, the employer and the University need to complete before you start your course. Take a look at the steps to be completed in the Enrolment section. Employers may also like to look at our steps to offering an apprenticeship.
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.