Ministry Of Defence

DE&S/SDA Defence Degree Apprenticeship Scheme


Ministry Of Defence

Training Provider:


Annual wage £15,796.00
37.0 hours per week First year full time at college. Flexible working arrangements from second year onwards
duration: 5 years
start: 7 September 2020
Degree(level 6)
Aerospace engineer Level 6 (Degree with honours) (apprenticeship standard)
30 positions available
17 January 2020 (application closing date)
Join an integral part of the UK's Defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces’ equipment, from fighter jets, armoured vehicles and aircraft carriers, to clothing, food, and ammunition.


Successful applicants will undertake a comprehensive framework of practical and academic training, including a foundation degree or full degree for individuals with the greatest potential. Apprentices will also complete a number of work based training placements and defence specific nuclear, aero or weapons training at various locations within the UK while completing relevant vocational qualifications in preparation for engineering roles within the MOD Current and Future Submarine, Air or Weapons Programme. Typical apprentice placements will involve

  • Project management work in areas such as mechanical and electrical systems,
  • Avionics, flight safety as well as supporting the development and procurement of new weapons and their safe handling,
  • Transportation and storage of munitions.
  • You could also be involved with work supporting our partners on the Astute and Dreadnought Submarine programmes.

The Apprenticeship is based in Bristol, although some work and college placements may be elsewhere in the UK or occasionally overseas.

Future Prospects

This apprenticeship follows agreed standards and is approved by the professional engineering institutions. Successful completion of the scheme will lead to registration as an Engineering Technician after year 3 and support the application for Incorporated Engineer after year 5.

For the very best apprentices, opportunities exist for further development, including masters level 7 qualifications and Chartership.

Skills Required

  • Candidates should possess a clear aptitude for problem solving, strong in the STEM subjects with good analytical skills
  • While some practical skills are useful, this is not a mandatory requirement as you will be taught basic workshop skills, welding, machining, bench fitting etc

This is to supply background knowledge and awareness, not to train you as a craftsman.    

Qualities Required

Candidates should be reliable and dependable with a strong work ethic. This is a demanding apprenticeship and successful candidates will need to be prepared to put in a significant amount of their own time, particularly in years 2 and 3, to make the most of all opportunities the apprenticeship has to offer. 

You should be a good team worker but also able to think for yourself, and when appropriate, take on a leadership role.

Qualifications Required

5 GCES at grade C to A* or Grades 4 – 9 including English, Mathematics and Science / Engineering subject.

In addition to either

3 A Levels including Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry or other related engineering subject, plus one other. Grades typically expected are B, B, C


A National Diploma in engineering typically at Distinction * Distinction * Level (minimum 112 UCAS Points under the new system).

Training Provided

Attendance at Weston College in Somerset to complete:

  • level 2 aerospace and aviation (foundation competence)
  • level 4 engineering and manufacture (development competence)
  • level 5 aerospace engineering (development technical knowledge)
  • employer stipulated level 6 Bachelor Honours degree (BEng) Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C 9-4).

Training specific to aerospace, nuclear, or WOME (weapons, ordnance, munitions and explosives).

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