This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by December 2023 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BEng (Hons) Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship - Electromechanical Engineer)

Bolton and the North West of England have a rich history of being at the forefront of engineering, dating back to the Industrial Revolution. In keeping with this history, our Level 6 degree apprenticeship (electro-mechanical engineer – ST0672) is the first of its kind in the UK, offering you an opportunity to develop staff with a broad range of interdisciplinary skills, techniques and approaches needed to tackle the environmental challenges of the future.

Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship - Electromechanical Engineer)

Key information


BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:



54 months


University of Bolton

UCAS points:


Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

With the UK pledging to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2035, the British automotive industry is rapidly adapting to research, develop and manufacture sustainable vehicles. The University of Bolton's BEng (Hons) Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering (Electro-mechanical Engineer Degree Apprenticeship) combines knowledge from the local and national industry with cutting-edge technology and research to provide your apprentices with a holistic understanding of energy storage systems, sustainable powertrains, embedded systems and control, vehicle design, simulation and modelling.

Throughout the degree apprenticeship, your staff will build up skills as an automotive engineer. From the first year, they will gain hands-on experience working with sustainable vehicles, expanding into highly specialised skills working with batteries, performing advanced modelling and simulation, and building expertise in the design and development of electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. Our expert team will equip your staff with the fundamental knowledge required for a career in engineering. They will learn engineering and project management techniques, giving them the agency and ability to become leading engineers within your organisation.

If you're looking for undergraduate-level training in this subject area but don't work for an employer offering apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don't require current employment.

  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will receive a degree apprenticeship certificate from the relevant awarding body and be awarded an academic degree – the BEng (Hons) Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering from the University of Bolton.
  • Our team of dedicated and experienced academics offers face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support. We have expertise in fields such as data and diagnostics, battery management and embedded systems, energy storage (batteries and fuel cells), manufacturing cell-to-pack, electromechanical systems, engineering for performance, and pack thermal modelling and simulation.
  • During the final stage of the course, each apprentice will undertake a substantial work-based research project, the nature of which will be identified and developed through consultation between your organisation and the University. As well as offering your apprentice valuable experience, this live project can provide you with genuine insight into potential opportunities or improvements that can benefit your organisation.
Key Features
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is student-centred, so we'll work with your apprentices on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • Your apprentices will benefit from significant opportunities for problem-based learning in our well-equipped laboratories.
  • Our specialist mathematics tutors are dedicated to making mathematics accessible and enjoyable. They have an excellent track record in supporting students to achieve mastery of engineering mathematics and science.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing your apprentices to prepare work in advance and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Quarterly and annual reviews, where each apprentice, their workplace mentor and a member of our team meet to assess your apprentice's progress, promote continuing conversation between your workplace and the University. This helps to ensure the success of your apprentices and maximise the value of their studies to your organisation.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton's BEng (Hons) Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering (Electro-mechanical Engineer Degree Apprenticeship) programme uses the Engineering Council UK-SPEC learning outcomes. It is designed to partially meet the academic requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details of UK-SPEC.

We will be seeking accreditation of the BEng (Hons) Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering (Electro-mechanical Engineer Degree Apprenticeship ) programme for partial Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and full status for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and/or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

  • 104 UCAS points. We accept a full range of qualifications that carry UCAS points, including A-levels, BTECs and T levels. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points. For most courses, we are also able to consider non-tariffable qualifications.
  • 104 UCAS points
  • An applicant's Level 3 subjects must include mathematics, physics or engineering; for instance, A-level Mathematics or Physics, BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering, or one of the Engineering and Manufacturing T Level routes (the T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing; the T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control; or the T Level in Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing.)
  • Applicants should have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English, Mathematics and Science. If an applicant has yet to achieve appropriate Level 2 English and Mathematics qualifications, then with their employer's support, they can complete suitable equivalents locally or with assistance from the University before commencing the apprenticeship. Please contact for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents, further information and support.
  • An applicant who has completed a Level 3 apprenticeship in a relevant area (for instance, as a motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light or heavy vehicle) or an embedded system design and development technician) may be eligible for admission.
  • An applicant with an HND/C in Engineering will be considered for direct entry to Level HE5 if they have good results in Level HE4 mathematics and science. This is subject to fulfilling the University's recognition of prior certification learning (RPCL) procedures through an interview and diagnostic test.
  • Applicants will attend a joint discussion with their employer and the University of Bolton. This combined interview and onboarding discussion fosters trust and sets the tone of the relationship between the applicant, their employer and our tutors. As part of the interview, applicants may be asked to undertake additional assessment(s) or provide a portfolio of appropriate work to determine their suitability for the course.
  • Admission to this programme is only available to applicants who meet ESFA eligibility criteria, including the following: 1) They are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a role relevant to the apprenticeship. 2) They have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Their employer is willing to sponsor them to spend a minimum of six hours per week of their time in off-the-job training, including attending the University (times and dates to be determined) for the duration of their course. Please note that an apprentice cannot be self-employed. ESFA eligibility criteria may change so please contact for up-to-date information.
  • If English isn’t the applicant's first language, they will also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • To be eligible for tuition fee funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates should not normally have already completed a qualification at the same level as the proposed apprenticeship, unless that qualification was gained in a completely unrelated discipline.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The BEng (Hons) in Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering (Electro-mechanical Engineer Degree Apprenticeship) programme is designed to meet the Level 6 Electro-mechanical Engineer apprenticeship standard (ST0672). Developed by employers, consultants and contractors, the apprenticeship standard underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway. It prepares apprentices to become the next generation of engineers with the interdisciplinary skills in electrical and mechanical systems required by the sustainable vehicle sector.

In addition to technical knowledge, this programme offers your degree apprentices the opportunity to develop a range of key employability skills. These include abilities in using specialist knowledge creatively and innovatively to solve problems, producing and interpreting technical solutions, and explaining design ideas. They will also be able to communicate effectively (via speech and writing) and possess good teamwork, project and time management, and strong decision-making skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

This degree apprenticeship aims to support the development of the next generation of sustainable vehicle engineers. When your apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment, they will be well prepared to take on demanding roles in powertrain design and development, physical and digital integration of energy storage systems, design and modelling of sustainable vehicle systems, and designing vehicles for different environments with new health and safety challenges in a safe way.

Graduate apprentices might also choose to pursue further study in a specialist field or research or continue learning and development with a postgraduate-level apprenticeship.

Course fees

Apprentices will need to be employed by your organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Your organisation will also need to commit to sponsoring apprentices to complete this qualification.

For further information on how your organisation can access funds to support apprentices, please e-mail

Whether you’re an employer, employee or school leaver, please visit our Apprenticeship web page for support and advice regarding apprenticeships.

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Useful information

Apprentices will not be expected to pay tuition fees towards this programme. If your organisation has a wage bill of more than £3 million per annum, then it may be able to fund this apprenticeship through its Apprenticeship Levy contributions. If your organisation does not pay the levy, it will be eligible for government support to fund apprenticeships. This support, called co-investment, covers 95% of the apprenticeship's tuition fees, with your organisation funding the remaining 5% of the fees.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

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Sustainable vehicle engineering is a diverse and highly interdisciplinary field, so we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These are designed to fully engage apprentices, helping them develop the skills, knowledge, self-awareness, and behaviours essential to becoming an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng), with particular reference to your organisation and their place within it. Learning focuses on your workplace environment and works towards building the transferable body of knowledge and skills demanded to achieve IEng status and apply this expertise within your organisation. Your apprentices will spend the majority of their time gaining on-the-job knowledge and experience. They will also complete at least six hours per week of off-the-job learning, including studying at the university.

Apprentices will be expected to attend formally timetabled classes, including lectures, tutorials, and tutor-led in-class exercises, and engage with case studies, laboratory activities, investigations and assignments, in groups and individually. All these activities are designed to help apprentices acquire and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. Our personal tutor system underpins all our teaching and provides one-on-one support, peer support and individual care and attention.

Other teaching methods, such as open-ended projects and design, make and test activities, provide opportunities to develop creativity and innovation skills. These are designed to meet the professional body accreditation requirements and help apprentices apply, assimilate, and integrate their understanding of the course material. Personal study time is required, along with online learning in the form of maintaining an electronic personal development plan (ePDP). As your apprentices progress through the programme, their studies will become less structured and more open-ended in nature as they develop as independent learners.

Your organisation will need to provide each apprentice with a workplace mentor to support their development. They will also benefit from regular visits from a University tutor. The workplace mentor, University tutor and apprentice will work together to create the individual learning plan required to progress the apprentice's professional body membership.

For the degree element of this programme, we assess each apprentice's individual performance through a strategic blend of project or design reports, examinations, portfolios, presentations, blogs and other assignments. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors. In addition to the assessments associated with the degree programme, apprentices will undertake an end point assessment at the end of the apprenticeship period.

This programme adopts a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Engineering Apprenticeship Enquiry Team
Your first point of contact for details on how to apply and questions about the apprenticeship

Oliver Shaw
Programme Leader and Head of the National Centre for E-Vehicle & Sustainable Technology

+44 (0)1204 903533

Apprenticeship Enquiries
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903940


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