University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Postgraduate

Engineering Competence (Distance Learning) (Degree Apprenticeship) (Taught)

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Course summary

Do you want to study for a career-boosting diploma while you earn a salary? On this PgDip Engineering Competence degree apprenticeship course, which lasts just over 2 years, you'll learn core skills in areas such as project management, team management and analytics. You’ll cover topics such as sustainability and health and safety, and work on projects that contribute to your success at work. You'll tailor what you learn to suit your professional goals and the type of role that you have, as well as your employer's objectives. The course is work-based, and combines a mixture of lectures and online learning. You'll spend 20% of your work time on your apprenticeship via lectures, distance learning, writing assignments and other related study. The government or your employer will pay your tuition fees – so it won't cost you anything. After the course, you'll have the skills, knowledge and experience to take responsibility for complex engineering projects and move into more senior roles. You could also top your diploma up to a Master's degree and work towards achieving Chartered Engineering status, or complete a Master's degree through our Learning at Work department. Recognised by: This Apprenticeship Standard aligns with the current edition of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) level. The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for CEng and reaches the agreed level of professional competence as defined in the Assessment Plan. What you'll experience On this course, you'll:

  • Get a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) while earning a salary
  • Improve your career prospects while making an effective contribution in the workplace
  • Tailor your learning to suit your job role, professional goals and employers objectives
  • Apply what your learn instantly in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a full-time diploma
  • Develop business and analytical skills alongside practical engineering knowledge
  • Learn from staff who have professional experience in various engineering disciplines and links with employers and professional engineering institutions
  • Get a learning manager from the University and a workplace mentor
  • Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including study support and the Students’ Union
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time, in any location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Take part in live Web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students


Year 1 In the foundation phase, you’ll develop your learning contract with your employer. This outlines what you’ll learn and why. You'll study four taught modules, delivered online through distance learning and in tutorials and workshops.

  • Management of Risk
  • Organisations and Managing the Workforce
  • Project Management For Engineers
  • Sustainability
Year 2 In the development phase you’ll complete work-based projects which allow you to tailor your learning to the specialist skills, knowledge and behaviours that you need in your particular engineering role (for example, test engineer or engineering business manager).

How to apply

International applicants

International applicants not accepted.

Entry requirements

An honours degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subject. All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form. All applicants are required to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment. All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £24000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £24000 Whole course
Scotland £24000 Whole course
Wales £24000 Whole course

Additional fee information

Your employer will also need to pay the End Point Assessment (EPA) fee. The cost of the EPA varies. This is in addition to the tuition fees. For further information please go to: You may need to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence if you study or attend events at the University. This may be in the region of £50–£500. If you take taught modules that are assessed by examination elsewhere, you’ll need to cover the costs of attending the exam at an agreed, approved location. This could include costs such as travel, invigilation and a courier and will be in the region of £50–£1,000.
Engineering Competence (Distance Learning) (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS