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Engineering – Installing and Commissioning

Course Code: AP3

Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Four years

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About the course

Making things – and making them work – is at the core of a career as an engineer. If you want to train for a hands-on career working in a dynamic and fast-paced industry, then this advanced Apprenticeship at City College Plymouth could be for you. Installing and Commissioning Engineers are responsible for installing engineering plant machinery from schematic drawing, as well as running the machinery to ensure that it is fully operational. It’s a demanding industry that requires attention to detail, the patience to build and rebuild complex systems and a lot of team work. But if you’re willing to work hard, the engineering industry provides a variety of rewarding career choices. As an apprentice, you’ll be earning while you learn, gaining new knowledge and skills as well as formal qualifications to give you a competitive edge in the engineering industry. Advanced Apprenticeships are for students employed as an apprentice by a local company.

What you'll learn

The Advanced Apprenticeship Framework will include:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma – completed at work with the help of a College assessor.
  • Level 3 Technical Diploma – completed at College with various tutors.
  • Functional Skills for maths, English and ICT level 2 – completed at College.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – completed at work alongside the NVQ3.
  • Employement Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) – completed at work and at College.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be through the completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship and a recommendation from the College based on the results received at level 2.


Assessment is continuous, but there are no exams.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.