Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship (Civil Engineering) BEng (Hons)
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Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship (Civil Engineering) BEng (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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.

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

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching

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 spend your time

On this degree apprenticeship, you'll work 4 days and study 1 day for around 30 weeks each year.

On the weeks you don't go to university, you'll still spend 20% of your time learning away from your normal working environment.

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.

Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

The payment of the course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £27,000 paid over 5 years.

Please see our degree apprenticeships page for further information.

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Apply

How you apply depends on whether you're currently employed or not.

How to apply with your current employer

If you're in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to contact us so we can discuss with them how we can work together. 

You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.

How to apply with a new employer

If you're not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.

You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.

We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with - contact us to give us your details.

You can also browse degree apprenticeship vacancies with employers with whom we already have relationships.

If you have questions about degree apprenticeships, please get in touch with us. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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

Entry Requirements For This Course

112–128 points, to include an A level in a numerical subject, or equivalent. 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 are 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.

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