Level 3

Machinist Apprenticeship for Advanced Manufacturing Engineering


Overview of the role - IconOverview of the role

Machinists provide essential skills and knowledge in manufacture. They can set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.


Typical job roles - IconTypical job roles

Manual or CNC Machinist.


Details of the Standard - IconDetails of the Standard

Machinists in the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, single and multiaxis CNC machine tools centres. They will be expected to be able set up, operate and adjust/edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used. When using CNC equipment, they will be expected to be able to produce, prove and/or edit programmes. During and on completion of the machining operations they will be expected to measure and check the components being produced and adjust the equipment/programme to ensure components meet the required specification.


Duration - IconDuration

4 years


Entry Requirements - IconEntry Requirements

  • Standard Practise for the Level 3 Apprenticeships would follow the student gaining grade 5 and above in Maths, English, and Science. However, Grade 4 or an individual with experience would be reviewed upon application.
  • Minimum of 5 GCSE grade 5 – 9
  • Eligible for anyone over the age of 16

English and maths - IconEnglish and maths

If the apprentice has not obtained Level 2 Maths and English before the apprenticeship has begun the apprentice must complete it before taking the End-Point-Assessment.


Delivery - IconCurriculum, delivery and readiness for End-Point-Assessment

Swatpro Academy’s bespoke programme will cover all the mandatory knowledge and skills outlined in the standards, covering a range of topics. Apprentices will have access to Swatpro Savvy Learning Centre for further skills development.

The delivery will include 20% ‘off-the-job’ training, through a blend of remote, online and in the workplace training. The tutor will review progress with both apprentice and employer at least once every 8 weeks. Those not having L2 Maths and English will attend additional classes. When the apprentice has reached the required level, they are entered into the phase known as ‘gateway’ for their End-Point-Assessments (EPA) undertaken with an independent Assessment Organisation.

For further details please see the explanation overleaf


Assessment - IconEnd-Point-Assessment

The End-Point-Assessment for apprentices is completed 6 months before their predicted end date. The apprentice will need to successfully complete all stages of the apprenticeship standard. This includes:

Completion of Level 2 and Level 3 Technical Knowledge qualifications

Completion of Level 2 and Level 3 Competence qualifications

Complete 20% off the job training

A structured interview with an independent assessor
Demonstrating full competence against the qualification outcomes for knowledge, skills and behaviours, set out in the Standard and Employer Occupational Brief

A portfolio of evidence
Containing real projects carried out within their workplace


Professional Recognition - IconProfessional Recognition

Recognition of learning is completed through our awarding body EAL for our certification of achieved qualifications. On completion of your apprenticeship you will be awarded your ACE certificate (Apprenticeship Certificates England).


Progression - IconProgression

On successful completion of this apprenticeship students can go onto further learning such as a HNC, HND and Foundation Degree.


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