Engineering: Pre Apprenticeship NPA

What is special about this course?

The Engineering Pre Apprenticeship Level 5 NPA is designed for those who wish to pursue a career within the engineering sector. It will allow you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of modern engineering techniques.

This qualification is recognised by employers supporting progression to an Engineering Modern Apprenticeship. Students can progress to Modern Apprenticeships in the defence, manufacturing, engineering maintenance, shipbuilding and aerospace sectors.

With a significant skills shortage in the industry, there is high demand for people with engineering skills. 


  • Understanding Industry  
  • Fabrication Processes  
  • Welding Processes
  • Develop Bench Joinery Skills  
  • Engineering Materials  
  • Pattern Development 
  • Thermal Cutting Skills 
  • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) for Engineers
  • Pipework Skills 
  • Thermal Joining Skills 
  • Fabrication Skills 
  • Weld Procedure Specification and Testing
  • Mathematics: Craft 1  
  • Health and Safety: Engineering  

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Workshop based delivery for most of the practical training, with some classroom based learning too.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Late August to early June

Where can I study my course?

    • Construction, Engineering and Renewables Centre

Start date

Late August


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

When you've successfully completed this course, you can move on to study at a higher level such as: 

  • Engineering Systems NC 
  • Engineering Systems HNC 
  • Engineering Apprenticeship 


Is there more information available online?

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'This course allows those without previous experience or engineering qualifications to start their journey towards an Engineering career. It's mix of practical and theory allows everyone to learn at their own pace.'

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