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BEng (Hons)

Level 6 Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship
  • Level(s) of study: Practitioner / Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: 5 years

Our Level 6 Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a full honours degree, whilst developing valuable industry-specific work experience and earning a wage.

This course is accredited, under license from the Engineering Council, by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which represents the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT). This represents your first step towards gaining Incorporated or Chartered status, fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).*

Who is this route suitable for?

  • School leavers looking to do an apprenticeship instead of the traditional study route.
  • Existing employees within companies who do not have a degree but want to develop.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship - how does it differ from a part-time course?

  • Through new government funding, your employer will be responsible for apprenticeship course fees, meaning that you will not pay University tuition fees.
  • A Degree Apprenticeship is a three-way agreement by the University, your employer and you. As well as gaining a degree, you'll also benefit from on-the-job training, provided by your employer, opening up opportunities for career development and progression.
  • You'll have the added advantage of years of relevant work experience, while making industry connections along the way. This could enhance your future employability and boost your career progression.

Find out more information about Degree Apprenticeships at NTU, including advice for both apprentices and employers.

Course details

You will be completing our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree. NTU is one of the most popular universities for civil engineering education in the UK. We're 3rd for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying civil engineering (HESA, 2016/17).

Our course offers a balance of vocational and theoretical content. You'll develop your general understanding of civil engineering, focusing on key core subject areas: geotechnics, materials, and structures. You'll develop your knowledge and skills in: building technology; computer-aided design; health and safety; the environment; hydraulics; ground engineering; and structural engineering.

Please note, you will need to be in employment with a relevant company to undertake our Degree Apprenticeship. Contact our Apprenticeship team for more information.

We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).

Accredited by:

Engineering Council logo
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation logo
Institution of Civil Engineers logo
The Institution of Structural Engineers logo
Institute of Highway Engineers logo

What you'll study

The course is designed around the core themes in civil engineering, relating your learning to applications in the real world. You will develop your general understanding of civil engineering, focusing on key core subject areas: geotechnics, materials, and structures.

Work Based Learning (WBL) is integrated throughout the modules you will study. These modules will require you to reflect on your work experiences in the role that you will be working in whilst studying on the course.

  • Year One

    Graphical Communication and IT (20 credits)

    • This module introduces you to the design processes and the graphical communication methods used within the civil engineering industry.
    • You'll practice the fundamental skills of hand sketching and drawing, before moving on to use industry relevant two-dimensional (2D) Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages to produce engineering drawings.
    • You'll be introduced to the fundamental principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM), including the compliance requirements at each level, whist emphasising the potential benefits of increased productivity and collaboration in the sector. In addition, you'll develop skills in other commonly used software, such as Microsoft Excel, to help solve and present engineering problems.

    Work Based Learning Project (20 credits / WBL)

    This module will include a work-based learning element.

    • During this module you'll reflect on your own work environment to: develop an understanding of the stakeholders involved in civil engineering projects; acquire an appreciation of the organisation of the construction industry and the key roles played in it by civil engineering professionals; and outline your own career aspirations and how you'll achieve them.
    • Using a negotiated project brief, you'll work to develop, evaluate and present your own design solutions to meet client requirements, within identified site and project constraints.
    • You'll develop an understanding of the stages of a construction project, including design, tender and construction stages, and how civil engineering infrastructure is designed and built with due consideration to safety, environmental and sustainability issues.

    Engineering Materials (20 credits)

    • This module is designed to introduce you to the materials encountered in civil engineering and general construction.
    • You'll look at areas such as geology, soil mechanics, steel, concrete, bricks and ceramics, and organic materials, developing an understanding of the materials' properties and applications.

    Engineering Mathematics and Mechanics (20 credits)

    • This module will furnish you with a comprehensive range of mathematical techniques, providing you with the foundation for the study of more advanced mathematical techniques in Year Two.
    • You'll develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge, enabling you to solve civil engineering problems.
  • Year Two and Year Three

    Year Two

    Engineering Surveying (20 credits)

    • The aim of this module is to introduce you to the basic principles and purposes of engineering surveying. You'll learn the theory in lectures and tutors, with hands-on seminar and laboratory sessions introducing the practical surveying field skills required by industry.
    • You'll learn how to use standard surveying instruments, how to set out and control construction works, and how to measure existing buildings.

    Introduction to Structural Analysis and Design (20 credits)

    • The module aims to provide you with an initial qualitative and quantitative appreciation of the behaviour and design of skeletal structures.
    • You'll explore a range of areas including the types of pin-jointed frameworks and their structural idealisation, types of beam structures and loadings, section analysis for direct bending stresses based on elastic theory, combined axial and bending elastic stresses with application to short columns, foundations and pre-stressed concrete and introductory timber design.

    Construction Practice and the Environment (20 credits / WBL)

    This module will include a work-based learning element.

    • The aim of this module is to improve your knowledge of practice within the construction industry, introducing you to the roles and responsibilities that you may undertake during placement, after graduation, and as you progress in your career.
    • You'll look at key areas such as project organisation, procurement, planning, programming, management, and contract and commercial documentation and administration.

    Further Engineering Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics (20 credits)

    • Building on the mathematical skills and knowledge developed in Year One, this module will provide you with the mathematical and fluid mechanics knowledge and techniques required as a civil engineer.
    • In this module you will look at probability, calculus, vectors and matrices. You'll also examine fluid mechanics, dimensional analysis, flow through pipes, and hydraulic machinery.

    Year Three

    Ground Engineering (20 credits)

    • This module will develop your appreciation of fundamental soil and geological properties.
    • You'll measure and test different geological and geotechnical materials, allowing you to recognise and investigate ground-related problems and hazards.

    Integration of Engineering Applications (20 credits / WBL)

    This module will include a work-based learning element.

    • This module will introduce you to new and emerging technologies within the construction industry, in relation to engineering surveying, CAD, and BIM.
    • You will work in a project group with final year students to simulate a work situation where you will produce, present and defend a scheme design.

    Structural Analysis, Design and Detailing (40 credits)

    • This module will act as an introduction to the structural behaviour of elements in reinforced concrete and steelwork, looking in depth at their design and detailing.
    • You'll also be introduced to a range of new and emerging technologies within the construction industry.
  • Year Four

    Further Geotechnical Engineering and Design (20 credits)

    • Building on the grasp of principles and theory you'll develop in Year Two, this module will provide a sound background to the decision making, design and implementation of geotechnical design.
    • You'll learn to analyse and design some typical engineering problems involved in the construction of geotechnical structures, and develop informed solutions in line with current design standards and industry approach.
    • You'll look at topics such as soil mechanics, foundations, slope stability, and the development of brownfield sites.

    Further Structural Design (20 credits)

    • This module will broaden your knowledge of the design of structural frameworks and how they withstand forces acting on them.
    • It introduces the most common methods of providing stability and robustness to framed structures.

    Infrastructure Engineering 1 (20 credits)

    • This module will broaden your understanding of the wider urban environment through the introduction of infrastructure topics such as transport, highways, rail, asset management and water. You'll develop an appreciation of the issues that influence decision-making, design, and implementation of major infrastructure schemes.
    • You'll study these topics within the context of sustainable developments, looking at key elements of environmental legislation.
  • Final year

    Individual with Group project (40 credits / WBL)

    This module will include a work-based learning element.

    • The majority of this module will be formed by a self-led research project or dissertation; a significant body of work allowing you to research in depth an agreed topic relating to the construction industry.
    • You'll also work on a group project over the course of the year, relating to a real-world engineering scheme. You'll work in a team environment, producing and presenting a design scheme.

    Professional Responsibilities and Development in Civil Engineering (20 credits / WBL)

    This module will include a work-based learning element.

    • This module is based around four themes: health, safety and welfare; the profession and wider society; clients, stakeholders, communities and government; and sustainability.
    • It's aim is to fully prepare you for graduate roles, with the knowledge, skills, awareness and professionalism expected by graduate employers.

Earn while you learn, supported by your both a work place and an academic mentor

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • The Degree Apprenticeship route is taught one day a week during term time, and, where possible, you'll be taught alongside full-time students on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course.
  • Your typical day will run from 9 am through to about 7.30 pm, and normally three different subject areas are taught on each day.
  • The course is organised into structured modules and is delivered through lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminar groups, site visits, laboratory sessions, and individual and group projects.
  • The delivery of the course is enhanced by the incorporation of guest lectures delivered by external practitioner experts, extensive use of case studies and projects (some set by real companies), and field trips.
  • The duration of your Degree Apprenticeship is based on you typically working a 30 hour week, with 20% of this time being used for 'off-the'job' training. If your weekly working hours are less than this, the apprenticeship may be extended.

Here's an example of what your 20% off-the-job training might look like:

An example of your off-the-job training

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for the completion of the apprenticeship consists of three main elements:

  1. The Degree programme, which is delivered and assessed by Nottingham Trent University over a 5 year duration. Throughout the course, you will be assessed in a variety of ways that can include but are not restricted to: individual and group based coursework assignments or project work; phase tests; online tests; presentations; laboratory/practical skills- based assignments; report writing; and formal examinations.
    The modules studied on the degree programme are accredited by Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) and follow their guidelines to embed health and safety, sustainability, commercial awareness, integrated knowledge of science and mathematics and design. This would provide required support to apprentices to complete their IPD Online and to be prepared for their EPA.
  2. The Initial Professional Development (IPD) which is managed through an online portal developed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in collaboration with the employers. You will join the ICE as a Student Member. Your employer will register you on an ICE company-approved training scheme or self-managed mentor-supported training scheme. You will be supported by a Supervising Civil Engineer (SCE) and Delegated Engineer (DE) or mentor as you progress through IPD.
  3. End Point Assessment which is to be carried out by an approved organisation such as ICE. The successful completion of this stage will result in an apprentice being an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.

Careers and employability

Your future

This course is designed to supportand develop your work-based learning, enabling you to progress in your career, equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed.

During your Apprenticeship, you'll be allocated a work place mentor, and an academic mentor to coach you, bringing together the skills, knowledge and experience of your employer with the academic expertise of the University. 

Recent graduate roles from our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course include graduate engineer, site engineer, and design engineer.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Our Employability team runs a series of events throughout the year specifically for Construction students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing together our students with prospective employers.

Entry requirements

To undertake our Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship you'll need to be in employment with a relevant employer. For help and advice about sourcing employment opportunities, please get in touch with our Apprenticeship team.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprentices in terms of employment and eligibility.
The NTU requirements are as below:

  • A-levels – BBB, including Maths and excluding General Studies (A-level Maths grade C will be accepted providing the overall Tariff points are met); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM and A-Level Maths grade C; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including Maths for Technicians, and Further Maths for Technicians modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Maths; and excluding General Studies; or
  • A successfully completed Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Civil Engineering Technician

All applicants should also have GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Applicants applying without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility.

All successful applicants must meet the criteria for Apprentices set by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

Other relevant qualifications or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. NTU will liaise with the employer to determine their requirements.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email or call on +44 (0)115 848 2589.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal - click on the Apply button at the top of the page to be taken straight through to the Portal.

Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.

Application deadline

Applications for the Degree Apprenticeship course can be submitted up until the start of the course in October. Places are subject to availability, therefore we would advise early application.

Information for your employer

We have lots of useful advice and guidance on our website to help you discuss your options with your employer.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

How is an apprenticeship funded?

As an Apprentice, you're not required to pay tuition fees to the University – your employer will sponsor you instead. As of April 2017, there is allocated funding accessible for many UK employers, and depending on the size of the organisation, certain co-investment or full funding is also available from the government.

All this means that Apprentices are not entitled to student finance and do not acquire student debt. Instead, Apprentices will earn a full-time wage from their employer alongside their learning.

For further details about how an Apprenticeship is funded, please visit our Employer Fees and Funding page.

Find out more

We can guide you through the complexities of applying, employer commitments, and fees and funding. Contact our Apprenticeship team via email.

Still need help?

Apprenticeships team
+44 (0)115 848 2589