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The University of South Wales

Automotive & Aerospace Engineering

Work Based Learning

“Proudly helping companies to develop their employees’ engineering skills for work with the technology and environment of the future”


The University of South Wales through the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science has launched the Automotive & Aerospace Engineering Work Based Learning programme, an exciting opportunity for those employed in the private sector.


Whether you are reading this brochure as an employer looking to improve the skills of your technical/engineering staff, or you are an employee looking to further your qualifications, then the information in this pack will benefit you.


The University of South Wales Automotive & Aerospace Engineering Work based Learning programme (AEWBL) is a unique opportunity to undertake academic training in the form of short, part-time, half-day release courses. If you are keen to further specific skills of your technical/engineering staff, we could provide the courses you are looking for. Each course has been developed to meet industry needs and help close a skills gap in South Wales for Advanced Engineering. AEWBL encourages vocational progression within industry and combines current, up to date teaching with work based activities.


AEWBL is part of the Work Based Learning Programme funded by the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund (ESF), through the Welsh Government. If your company is based or your employees live in the Convergence Region of Wales (West Wales and Valleys), you may be entitled to a fully funded place on the course (conditions apply).


What is Work Based Learning


AEWBL is a collection of stand-alone courses designed individually to provide specific knowledge or skills that a participant can quickly deliver in the workplace. Through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops AEWBL will deliver short courses, which depending on the subject will attract either 10 or 20 qualification credits at level 4 or 5. Under the programme, participants can access a maximum of 60 credits. Subjects include but are not limited to:



All courses can be delivered at a company’s workplace if required, subject to participant numbers and facilities. Otherwise, where demand is split, a neutral or University venue will be selected. If your interest is for subjects not listed, please contact us; they may already be available. Courses are normally delivered over one afternoon a week with the longest course lasting 11 weeks. However there is flexibility to deliver a course to meet special needs if participant numbers are sufficient.



Why Work based Learning?


Designed in consultation with SEMTA (Sector Skills Council for the Automotive and Aerospace Industry) and the Welsh Automotive Forum, the course will further develop the skills and knowledge of the automotive and aerospace sectors in Wales. AEWBL will bring a number of benefits to companies that enrol, these include:



The AEWBL allows employees to study whilst in work through short courses. This modular approach allows a more manageable commitment of time and gives participants an appreciation that they can

Cope with higher education. Other benefits to the individual include:


  1. Development of stronger personal skills and the attitude to help ensure success in their working life/career
  2. A broadening of their education in science and engineering with understanding of workplace practices
  3. Strengthening of intellectual, practical, management and personal skills
  4. Opportunities to share experience, learn from others, and broaden horizons
  5. Gain transferable skills like communication and team working through group-activity and work based learning projects
  6. Attend top-up courses to qualify for HND or Foundation Degree Qualifications


Post AEWBL, participants can top up the qualification credits to progress to further full or part-time undergraduate Courses such as the accredited, Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace or Automotive Engineering Foundation Degrees.


To be eligible a participant must:


A. Work or live in the convergence areas of Wales (see yellow area on map).

B. Work in the private sector in an engineering company or related activity (whilst targeted at automotive supply chain companies, other engineering companies can apply).

C. Have the work experience and academic commitment to see through the applied study to complete the individual course and achieve the qualification credits.


To apply for the AEWBL:

1. Employer or Employee contacts the University (see contact details below) and registers their interest.

2. The University contacts you to talk about the qualification and your eligibility.

3. The University will help you complete all the necessary enrolment paperwork.

4. Step forward to a higher education; enjoy!!!


For more information or clarification contact:

Steve Patterson, CAPSE Deputy Director,

University of South Wales,

Pontypridd, CF37 1DL


Call: 01443 654 617


This information is correct at the time of print, but may be subject to change. For the most up-to-date information visit



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Essential information
Course length
Full-time: 1 year*
Part-time: 3 years
(*Courses starting in February will take 16 months to complete.)

Entry requirements
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Treforest Campus, Pontypridd

For more information
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Tel: 01443 482213

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