Can I do an Engineering Apprenticeship after a foundation year in Engineering?

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Okay I'm in a bit of a conundrum at the moment. I'm in my final year of college finishing off a BTec in Applied Science. I've done a 30 Credit module in Engineering and a 10 Credit module in Mathematics with the Open University, however, a lot of the Apprenticeships require a BTec in Engineering. Is it possible to do a foundation year in Engineering and then apply for a Degree Apprenticeship?
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Okay I'm in a bit of a conundrum at the moment. I'm in my final year of college finishing off a BTec in Applied Science. I've done a 30 Credit module in Engineering and a 10 Credit module in Mathematics with the Open University, however, a lot of the Apprenticeships require a BTec in Engineering. Is it possible to do a foundation year in Engineering and then apply for a Degree Apprenticeship?
Have you asked the apprenticeship organisers about your OU modules?

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Have you asked the apprenticeship organisers about your OU modules?

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They have looked on it but it only forms a small part of my application. The main qualification they look at is the BTec.
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They have looked on it but it only forms a small part of my application. The main qualification they look at is the BTec.
Can you post up a link to it?

I'm going to tag National Careers Service and add a link to the apprenticeships and alternatives to university forum for someone more expert to help
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Okay I'm in a bit of a conundrum at the moment. I'm in my final year of college finishing off a BTec in Applied Science. I've done a 30 Credit module in Engineering and a 10 Credit module in Mathematics with the Open University, however, a lot of the Apprenticeships require a BTec in Engineering. Is it possible to do a foundation year in Engineering and then apply for a Degree Apprenticeship?
Hi there,

It can be possible yes.

Foundation degrees are like doing a level 5 apprenticeship so you would be applying for degree level apprenticeships which are level 6 as this is a progression route for you and should be all funded by the employer.

I hope that helps

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Hi there,

It can be possible yes.

Foundation degrees are like doing a level 5 apprenticeship so you would be applying for degree level apprenticeships which are level 6 as this is a progression route for you and should be all funded by the employer.

I hope that helps

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OP doesn't mean doing a foundation degree but rather doing a foundation year at a university, which would be a level 3 equivalent.
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OP doesn't mean doing a foundation degree but rather doing a foundation year at a university, which would be a level 3 equivalent.
Hi,

Apologies for the misunderstanding OP!

For many universities, the foundation year in engineering comes as an integrated part of a longer engineering course – however, this is not always the case so speaking with the universities directly will certainly be the most recommended action.

With regards to the apprenticeship opportunities afterwards, again it is best to speak with the apprenticeship offering employer directly to explain your particular situation and get the most accurate details about whether the academic route you are planning to take would be acceptable to apply for the apprenticeship position.

As it is not the most common route, I am unsure if there is a specific ‘golden rule’ with regards to these situation and it may be based more on a case by case basis – you may not have the specific qualifications the employer is asking for but you may be able to demonstrate the appropriate skills needed.

I hope this helps as a starting point!

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I'd add that doing a foundation year with the intention of dropping out to do an apprenticeship afterwards is an expensive way of going about it. You will have a year's tuition and maintenance and living costs, albeit somewhat covered by your student loan.

And I'm still not convinced the BTEC you have will actually exclude you from engineering apprenticeships. Is it level 3?

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I'd add that doing a foundation year with the intention of dropping out to do an apprenticeship afterwards is an expensive way of going about it. You will have a year's tuition and maintenance and living costs, albeit somewhat covered by your student loan.

And I'm still not convinced the BTEC you have will actually exclude you from engineering apprenticeships. Is it level 3?

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It is a level 3 Extended Diploma but unfortunately, it is in Applied Sciences and not in Engineering. Most of the Universities/Employers I've talked to pretty much require the BTec in Engineering as this is the main level 3 qualification. For the foundation year, Ill be at the University of Birmingham so I should be able to save money by living at home.

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It is a level 3 Extended Diploma but unfortunately, it is in Applied Sciences and not in Engineering. Most of the Universities/Employers I've talked to pretty much require the BTec in Engineering as this is the main level 3 qualification. For the foundation year, Ill be at the University of Birmingham so I should be able to save money by living at home.

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Are you applying for degree/higher apprenticeships? Can you provide a link to an example apprenticeship? Would they accept Applied Sciences supplemented by A-level Maths?

Edit: alternatively, why not just complete your degree at Birmingham. You can do a year in industry and summer work placements.
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Are you applying for degree/higher apprenticeships? Can you provide a link to an example apprenticeship? Would they accept Applied Sciences supplemented by A-level Maths?

Edit: alternatively, why not just complete your degree at Birmingham. You can do a year in industry and summer work placements.
https://new.siemens.com/uk/en/compan...ticeships.html - Here is one from Siemens that I wanted to do but required BTec Engineering.
I wouldn't mind going to Birmingham, the problem for me would be tuition fee costs and it would be preferable if I didn't stay home due to personal reasons.
BAE systems was another one I wanted to do. Im in my final year of Applied Sciences and I do regret not doing A level Maths.
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https://new.siemens.com/uk/en/compan...ticeships.html - Here is one from Siemens that I wanted to do but required BTec Engineering.
I wouldn't mind going to Birmingham, the problem for me would be tuition fee costs and it would be preferable if I didn't stay home due to personal reasons.
BAE systems was another one I wanted to do. Im in my final year of Applied Sciences and I do regret not doing A level Maths.
Yes I saw that one too

The student loan covers your Birmingham tuition fees in full, for all 4 (or 5) years. And it's not means-tested.
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