Learning and teaching
The first stage of the apprenticeship consists of a six-week on-campus introduction. This includes teaching in mathematics, computation problem solving, and analogue and digital electronics, with an emphasis on practical problem-solving. The aim of this introductory period is to provide you with the core knowledge and problem solving skills you need to become an effective team member in the workplace.
After the induction period, you'll learn through workbased learning and on-campus teaching blocks, that allow for more specialist practical work. Study involves both individual and group project work, which can be tailored to your role within your organisation.
You'll spend the majority of your time in the workplace doing a real full time job as well as studying part time. Your learning will be made up of a combination of online seminars that take place outside of office hours as well as occasional sessions on campus where you can meet face-to-face with your peers and our academics.
Study time is structured to fit around your job, as are exams. Your apprenticeship is designed in partnership with your employer, so you don't need to worry about your work and study commitments clashing.
Apprentices will be assessed regularly during the programme through coursework, practical assessments, group projects, work-based practice and by developing a portfolio.
The end point assessment
The apprenticeship concludes with the end point assessment (EPA). The EPA gives the apprentices the opportunity to showcase their academic, personal and professional development achievements throughout the apprenticeship.
This consists of a review of the apprentice's final project and portfolio, followed by an interview with representatives from Aston University, the employer, and an independent assessor. After the interview, based both on the apprentice's performance and portfolio, the assessors consider what grade should be awarded for the apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction.