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Recruitment Process – Engineering Apprenticeships

Minimum Entry Requirements

Engineering Skills Academy Apprenticeship

  • GCSEs: 5 Grades A – D

  • (Inc. Maths, English)

Gold Engineering Apprenticeship

  • GCSEs: 6 Grades A – C

  • (Inc. Maths, English and a Science/Technology related subject)

Higher Level Apprenticeship – Foundation Degree Engineering

  • Must satisfy the general UCAS tariff entry requirements for their chosen Foundation Degree

  • A range of level 3 entry qualifications are accepted, including A Levels, Access courses, BTEC Awards etc.

  • SWC welcomes applications from industry based candidates who may not possess formal qualifications but who have significant industrial experience.

3 Stage Process

  • Application Form

  • Aptitude Test

  • Interviews

Application Form – Guidance Notes

  • Download application form

  • College website

  • Click on ‘Apply’ > Downloads > Application Forms:

    • Gold/Skills Academy Engineering Application Form 2018

    • Higher Level Apprenticeship Engineering Application Form 2018

  • All applications must be typed, completed in full, signed and returned either via email or post.

  • Qualifications – students who are currently sitting exams need to put down their expected grades.

Hobbies & Interests

What sports do you play? This shows team work and dedication. What are your hobbies? Are you creative, active, help with charities, fix cars, bake cakes, part of a drama society?


Think carefully! Use examples from school projects (Science/ Technology) Part time jobs – summer work experience etc.

Why a career in
Where did your interest stem from? From what age? What is it that you like to do and how this relates to your chosen career? What personal attributes do you have that will make you successful in this area?
Please forward application forms as per contact details outlined on last page of form.

Recruitment process – Important Dates

Friday 14th June 2019 Closing date for all applications
Wednesday 19th June 2019 Aptitude Testing
24th – 27th June 2019 Interviews
28th June 2019 Letters of offer (conditional offers)
22nd August 2019 GCSE Results Day (2nd round of recruitment in August to be confirmed)
2nd September Course start date

Aptitude Testing (Academy & Gold Apprenticeships only)

To practice the aptitude tests please visit click on the ‘Candidate Preparation’ tab; then click on ‘Aptitude Practice & Preparation Advice’ tab; then click on ‘Technical Aptitude Range Practice Tests’. For paper copies scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will also find PDF preparation guides for these tests.

Further information to follow on receipt of application form.


Interviews are carried out by the Curriculum Manager / Course Coordinators and take place following the aptitude tests. Date and time to be confirmed on receipt of application form.

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