Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship (Civil Engineering) BEng (Hons)
BEng (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship Civil Engineering
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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.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, Institute of Highway Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers - Meeting in full the academic requirement for IEng and in part the academic requirement for CEng.
90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- UCAS points – 112–128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A level in a numerical subject. 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.
Qualifications or experience
- 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 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.
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.
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.
I previously found it hard to balance college work during the day and part-time retail work in the evenings, so the degree apprenticeship is a perfect way to earn whilst I learn. My responsibilities at work have given me experience that I can apply in the learning environment as well as confidence which helps with assessments such as presentations.
What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. In each year, you need to study modules worth 60–80 credits.
- Construction Management and Practice
- Engineering Analysis
- Professional Development 1
- Soils and Materials 1
- Introduction to Project Management Principles
- Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
- Water and Environmental Engineering
- Behaviour of Structures
- Numerical Skills
- Professional Development 2
- Soils and Materials 2
- Design of Structural Elements
- Professional Development 3
- Research Methods and Individual Project
- Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project
- Soils and Materials 3
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
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
- 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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- computer-based tutorials
- 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
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 and funding
Tuition fees (2021 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.
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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
We will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £35.
Your employer will cover the cost of the End-Point Assessment (EPA), which is separate from your course fees.
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.
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