Graduate ApprenticeshipsEngineering: Design & Manufacture BEng (Hons)

The BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design & Manufacture degree is a bespoke Graduate Apprenticeship programme, designed in partnership with engineering employers which will develop apprentices’ knowledge, skills, competencies and professional behaviours.

This Graduate Apprenticeship will develop professionally qualified engineers eligible for IEng level membership. 


Access the UK’s only digital design suite

Learners will acquire underpinning knowledge and understanding via a blended and online learning delivery mode with core engineering competencies (UK Standards for Professional Engineering Competence, IEng) being developed through an integrated work based learning curriculum.

The GA EDM degree is triple accredited (IED, IET and IMechE).

Facilitated by world-class academics, the on-campus delivery will allow apprentices to develop skills in our state-of-the-art facilities including labs and the UK’s only Digital Design suite.

Fully funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Funding Council and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), Graduate Apprenticeships develop your workforce by combining the latest academic learning with experience in the workplace.


The Graduate Apprenticeship Engineering: Design and Manufacture degree course is approved by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the  Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institution of Engineering Designers.

Students are encouraged to take up membership of these professional organisations.

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Employer benefits of Graduate Apprenticeships

  • enables employers to FastTrack the time required for graduates to reach optimal productivity
  • offers fully funded 4 year degree places with the opportunity to progress to Masters and Doctoral level studies
  • designed for a diverse and geographically remote learner population whilst offering an individualized learning experience including a pre-entry formative diagnostic mathematics test, individualised learning plans and dedicated support from personal development tutors, work based assessors and academics
  • dedicated delivery team who listen, understand and work with industrial partners to offer a fully integrated, contextualised BEng (Hons) degree delivered via an online and blended work based learning mode including one day per month on campus attendance

Course structure 

During Years 1 and 2 of the degree, learners will study 4 core modules addressing Mathematics and Numerical Tools; Design and Production, Mechanical Engineering Systems and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Years 3 and 4 are designed to develop higher level cognitive skills and enable the continued integration of knowledge, professional competencies and transferable skills via two 60 credit project modules with further opportunities for specialisation via optional modules.

Entry criteria

The Engineering: Design & Manufacture Graduate Apprenticeship has a flexible admissions approach and applications will be considered on an individual basis with input from employers. Typically applicants will have 4 Highers (minimum B grades) including maths or equivalent qualifications.

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of learners with a range of vocational and academic qualifications including the potential for progression from:

  • Foundation Apprenticeships in a related discipline
  • recognition of vocational qualifications and experiential learning

How to apply

Employers can nominate existing employees or newly recruited candidates who will then be considered for admission to the programme.

Employers are asked to identify suitable candidates for the Graduate Apprenticeship programmes. An expression of interest can be submitted to the Programme Team indicating the number of places being sought on the programme. 

The Engineering: Design and Manufacture Graduate Apprenticeship team are happy to work with employers to streamline the recruitment process for new apprentices. Please contact