Professional Engineer: Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship


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A technical apprenticeship for engineers looking to specialise their knowledge in nuclear engineering.

This degree apprenticeship will give engineers the core knowledge of engineering principles and practices needed for a successful career in the nuclear power and energy industry. Apprentices will further their understanding of design, plant performance enhancements, operational management, project management and maintenance of safety standards. 

By completing this degree apprenticeship, apprentices will be eligible to apply for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with the Nuclear Institute or other relevant professional institutions.

This apprenticeship is suitable for engineers working in the nuclear engineering field, such as the nuclear energy industry, and wish to develop their knowledge and competencies. Apprentices can be new or existing members of staff working in organisations.

This programme is taught at undergraduate level through a set of core modules that will provide the theory apprentices need in their day-to-day roles. 

Topics on offer include:

  • Project management
  • Reactor dynamics
  • Nuclear engineering principles
  • Human performance, ethics and organisational behaviour in the nuclear industry.

The programme also includes a professional development audit designed to fill the apprentice’s skills and knowledge gaps. The programme concludes with a work-based project that is tailored to the needs of the organisation.

This apprenticeship is delivered through blended work-based integrated learning. Apprentices will take part in online seminars and implement their skills and knowledge through work-integrated learning projects. Apprentice are supported with projects through regular face-to-face meetings with their Aston University appointed academic and professional supervisors who will help them tailor their work to your organisation.

Apprentices are assessed throughout the apprenticeship via exams and project reports that can be tailored to your organisation’s needs and reflection on the learning outcomes. The apprenticeship also includes an end point assessment interview with representatives from Aston University, a representative from the employer and an independent assessor.

Following completion of level 5 Nuclear Technician apprenticeship programme, the duration of level 6 top up year of the apprenticeship is two years and apprentices will graduate with a BEng Professional Engineering (Nuclear Engineering). There is currently one entry point in September.

You can specify your own entry requirements for the  apprenticeship in addition to those of the University.

For this programme, candidates usually will have completed a Foundation Degree in Nuclear Engineering or equivalent. Additional entry requirements from the government include:

  • A minimum of Grade 4 or C in GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the course
  • Have left full time education when the apprenticeship starts
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Right to work in the UK.


If you are considering undertaking a degree apprenticeship yourself, or you want to pass on information to a colleague who might be interested, take a look at the course page dedicated to prospective apprentices.

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