Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) BEng (Hons)


Do you have what it takes to plan, design, construct and manage large-scale building projects, from roads to skyscrapers? Do you want to earn a salary and get valuable on-the-job experience while you study for a civil engineering degree?

On this 5-year BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship course, you’ll get to grips with the theory, methods and skills needed for a career in civil engineering in the city that gave the world Isambard Kingdom Brunel and get valuable on-the-job experience.

You'll spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days in work. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything. Degree apprenticeships are suitable for anyone over 18, whether you've just finished school or college or you've already started your career.

You’ll learn how to design, construct, operate and maintain the infrastructure that supports everything from buildings and transportation to public amenities.

What you'll experience

On this degree apprenticeship course you'll:

  • Create your own designs and models
  • Carry out materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and soil investigation
  • Use our environmental laboratory located at a sewage treatment works
  • Apply your skills to practical problems as part of our partnerships with local and global organisations
  • Get out of the classroom and workplace with visits to the Isle of Wight and construction sites around the city
  • Enjoy insights from industry specialists – recent guest speakers include practitioners from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Atkins, Stantec, Portsmouth Water, Mott MacDonald, Portsmouth City Council, Colas and WSP
  • Study and work with students from other related disciplines, complementing the experience you'll get at work
  • Build a network of professional peers during your time at university, sharing your ideas and knowledge
  • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a traditional degree
  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor

You'll typically go to university one day a week for around 30 weeks every year to attend lectures, seminars, laboratory and software classes, workshops and field trips. On the weeks you don't go to University, you'll still spend 20% of your time studying or training away from your normal working environment.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. In each year, you need to study modules worth 60–80 credits.


Year 1

Core modules:

  • Construction Management and Practice
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Professional Development 1
  • Soils and Materials 1

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Professional Development 2
  • Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
  • Water and Environmental Engineering

Optional modules:

  • Construction Management and Practice

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Behaviour of Structures
  • Numerical Skills
  • Soils and Materials 2

Optional modules:

  • Professional Development 2

Year 4

Core modules:

  • Design of Structural Elements
  • Professional Development 3
  • Research and Individual Project

Year 5

Core modules:

  • Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project
  • Soils and Materials 3


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • computer-based tutorials
  • workshops
  • laboratory and practical sessions

You'll keep regular contact with your mentor, especially during your work-based learning project in the final year.

How you'll be assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • closed and open book exams
  • problem-based coursework and professional style reports
  • computer-based portfolios
  • group presentations
  • dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

The skills you develop on this course are sought after by employers in fields such as:

  • civil and structural engineering
  • civil engineering contracting
  • construction engineering

After you finish your apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BEng (Hons) Award
September Start
Part-time Study Mode
5 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics. *Please note: General Studies is not normally accepted.

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process. 

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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