To help you decide whether the Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering is right for you, we have answered some frequently asked questions. If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.


What is a Higher Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a mix of real work and learning. Apprentices earn a wage and get experience whilst working towards a number of qualifications. There is now a demand from employers to fill a skills gap in the space sector. Practical skills need to go hand-in-hand with the academic knowledge required to progress into specialist senior roles. The Higher apprenticeship is the bridge that connects the academic knowledge you need with the practical work-based learning in full-time employment.

Higher Apprenticeships are designed to meet employers’ needs at level 5 or above and include qualifications at a level equivalent to Higher Education.

Who is the Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering for?

This Apprenticeship is ideal for anyone wanting to start a career in the Space Engineering sector, or anyone who already works in the industry and wants to supplement their practical skills with key academic knowledge with which they can.

What are the entry criteria for the course?

  • Applicants must be employed in the space sector
  • Hold a minimum grade C in GCSE Maths, English, Science and one other subject.
  • Hold a minimum of 2 A-Levels at grade C or above in Mathematics and Physics
  • And/or
  • A level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant engineering discipline with merit
  • And/or
  • Completed an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in a relevant engineering discipline or equivalent.

Mature students with industrial experience and some post-16 study in a mathematically related discipline but who lack the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Features and Benefits of our Higher Apprenticeship

  • Fills the skills gap by providing the practical skills and knowledge base that employers need from new recruits.
  • Builds an appreciation of the Space Engineering sector from both an upstream and downstream context.
  • Opportunity to hear from specialist guest speakers.
  • Opportunity to progress to a top-up degree (Bachelors or Masters).

What will I Study?

Foundation Degree in Space Engineering (Level 5) – Developed in collaboration with the University of Leicester and space sector employers.

NVQ (Level 4) – Apprentices can choose either the Level 4 Extended Diploma in Research and Development or Level 4 Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacturing. The NVQ is an assessment of your practical skills within a working environment. The assessment reviews and reflects your competencies in the relevant skills. View the full NVQ specifications.

NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations (Level 2) – Aims to develop practical engineering craft skills in a workshop environment.

How long is the course?

The course is part time and will take between 2 to 3 years to fully complete.

What qualification will I obtain after completion?

You will have achieved a Higher Apprenticeship with a Level 5 Foundation degree in Space Engineering and a NVQ Level 4 certificate.

What are the progression routes?

There will be opportunities for successful Apprentices to complete a top-up degree, subject to sponsor support.

This will help to develop specialisms and identify future management potential. Due to the current exceptional growth of the Space Engineering industry, it is envisaged that there will be multiple job opportunities once apprentices complete their qualification.

Do I need to be employed in the Space Sector to undertake this qualification?

Yes you do. You must be working in the sector in a relevant job role to complete this qualification. This can either be with an upstream or downstream company within the sector.

How can I find out about and apply for opportunities in the Space Sector?

All Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ and this should be your first port of call when looking for an Apprenticeship vacancy. However, there are many job boards on the world wide web which you could explore such as http://www.totaljobs.com/ or www.monster.co.uk. You could also visit http://www.space-careers.com/ and apply directly to companies within the sector.

Once I secure a job opportunity, what should I do next?

Once you have been given a placement in the industry, your next step will be contact Sarah Helmore by email who will be happy to arrange to meet with you and your employer to discuss the course in more detail.

How is the course delivered?

The Higher Apprenticeship Space Engineering is a 2 year part-time programme which covers the core principles required for a career in the space industry. The course is modular to provide additional flexibility in both content and delivery and is integrated with work based learning throughout. The delivery of the course in the first year will be block release, in which set weeks will be allocated for teaching at the College or delivery centre. Blended learning has been integrated into the course to support your development.

You would be required to attend Loughborough College for a total of 12 weeks which is split over four 3 week blocks.

Where will I stay whilst at Loughborough College?

Loughborough College is situated just 1 mile from Junction 23 of the M1 and is easily accessible by train. However for those students coming from further afield we are able to offer a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets.

We have a long-standing tradition of helping students who require accommodation facilities and therefore, we are aware of the importance of taking this step. Designed to meet your individual living requirements, we provide our students with the option to live independently in one of our fully furnished halls of residence or, alternatively, you may choose to reside with a local family as part of our homestay accommodation.

We have very good links with local hotels should student accommodation not be your preferred option. We will discuss all possibilities with you and your employer.

What do I do next?

Complete the Pre-interview questionnaire and return this to apprenticeships@loucoll.ac.uk

We will register your interest and keep your details on file. Once we have any opportunities that meet your requirements, we will contact you to discuss opportunities. In the meantime, please continue to seek your own employment via the websites recommended above.

When does the Course start?

For 2013/2014, we have an initial start date of January 2014. There will be further recruitment dates to follow which are still pending.

Register Your Interest