BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship Route)

Our JBM-accredited BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Route) allows you to invest in your workforce by combining university education, work-based learning and ongoing professional development. While working as a valuable part of your team, apprentices can develop a deep understanding of civil engineering’s key principles and applications and achieve Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship Route)

Key information

Award:

BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

5 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

104

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Route) is aimed at those who are committed to developing their career in this challenging and exciting industry. The course has been informed by employers and is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). This degree incorporates the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the Level 6 Civil Engineer degree apprenticeship standard (ST0417) so your staff can learn to design, maintain and decommission civil engineering infrastructure.

Your apprentices will spend 80% of their time at work and 20% at the University, usually on a day-release basis. Study at the University of Bolton complements learning in the workplace, supporting your apprentices as they learn to provide technical and management input to develop design solutions for complex civil engineering problems. Offering a solid foundation in the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles underpinning civil engineering, this course can prepare apprentices for higher-level responsibilities within your organisation.

Our expert team will support them as they learn to work as part of a team of engineers and other construction professionals through all lifecycle stages of development, design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of civil engineering infrastructure. We’ll guide your apprentices, helping them gain skills in logical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork, as well as a focus on environmental impact and sustainability.

This degree apprenticeship can support your organisation in attracting the best new talent and retaining valued staff through career progression. Leading to an internationally recognised qualification in civil engineering, this programme of structured training supports apprentices to achieve and satisfy the requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with the relevant professional engineering institution. By integrating study into the normal working week, your apprentices will have opportunities to put their new skills and understanding into practice without delay, building their confidence and experience and benefitting your organisation immediately.

If you’re looking for undergraduate-level training in this subject area but don’t work for an employer that offers apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don’t require current employment.

Highlights
  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will have fully satisfied the requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with the relevant professional engineering institution. They will also receive a degree apprenticeship certificate from the relevant awarding body and be awarded an academic degree – the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering from the University of Bolton.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support are offered by our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic civil engineering lecturers.
  • Apprentices will have the opportunity to use our well-equipped materials, hydraulics, geotechnical and structures laboratories, and have access to an extensive range of the latest surveying equipment, as well as the latest CAD software and hardware.
Key Features
  • This part-time course skillfully combines study in our well-established School of Engineering with practical and focused work-based learning and experience in your organisation.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing your apprentices to prepare work in advance and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is student-centred, so we’ll work with your apprentices on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • This programme offers your apprentices the opportunity to develop a deep theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of civil engineering principles and techniques. It supports them to learn to apply their skills in project delivery, design, analysis and construction throughout all stages of civil engineering and construction-related projects.
  • In the final year, an option module allows you (or your apprentice) to choose one from a range of focused topics.
  • Quarterly and annual reviews, where each apprentice, their workplace mentor and a member of our team meet to assess your apprentice’s progress, promote continuing conversation between your workplace and the University. This helps to ensure the success of your apprentices and maximise the value of their studies to your organisation.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) under licence from the Engineering Council, as:

1) fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and

2) partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng.

Successful apprentices will also be awarded the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering from the University of Bolton and a degree apprenticeship certificate from the relevant awarding body.


  • 104 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • The applicant’s Level 3 subjects must include mathematics and a science subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics and Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering or Construction (with units in additional mathematics and analytical subjects such as structural mechanics or environmental science).
  • Applicants should also have five GCSEs grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • An applicant that has completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship in a relevant area (for instance, as a Civil Engineering Technician) will normally be eligible for admission.
  • It may be possible for an applicant to transfer from a 4-year programme with a foundation year in a relevant area with passes at 60% in all foundation modules.
  • We’re happy to consider applicants with non-traditional entry qualifications provided they can demonstrate relevant experience or a suitable portfolio of work that is deemed a reasonable substitute for the above qualifications. We'll consider such applications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) They are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a role relevant to the apprenticeship. 2) They have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Their employer is participating in the Degree Apprenticeship scheme. 4) Their employer is willing to sponsor them to attend the University (times and dates to be determined). Please note that an apprentice cannot be self-employed.
  • If an applicant doesn’t possess GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9, or hold an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, they will be asked to complete initial assessments for English and mathematics. The results of these assessments will determine whether they are accepted on to the apprenticeship with their current qualifications, or a recommendation of delayed entry is made so they can undertake studies enabling them to achieve the required level of English and mathematics prior to commencing the apprenticeship.
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t the applicant's first language, they will also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • To be eligible for tuition fee funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates should not normally have already completed a qualification at the same level as the proposed apprenticeship, unless that qualification was gained in a completely unrelated discipline.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship Route) programme is designed to meet the Civil Engineer degree apprenticeship standard (ST0417). It supports students to achieve the technical knowledge required for a career as a civil, structural, geotechnical, hydraulic, or highway and transportation engineer. Successful apprentices will be well qualified for civil engineering careers and to take on roles in areas such as sustainable construction, structural integrity, geotechnics, materials, tunnelling, marine and coastal engineering, water, waste management, and flood management transportation and power.

In addition to subject-specific knowledge and skills, apprentices will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills that include problem-solving, analytical and research skills, critical thinking, creativity, communication, teamwork and commercial awareness.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate apprentices from this programme should be well prepared to progress their career in the construction industry, as well as for roles in the wider business, management and financial sectors. Recent BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering graduates from the University of Bolton have been employed by civil and structural engineering practices, local authorities, government agencies and civil engineering contractors.

This degree apprenticeship aims to support the development of the next generation of civil and structural engineers. On successful completion of the end point assessment, apprentices will be well prepared to take on demanding roles working on buildings of all kinds and transport or communication infrastructures, both in the UK and overseas. This could include bridges, roads, tunnels, canals and other large constructions, as well as projects for the production, storage and distribution of electricity, gas and water.

Graduate apprentices may choose to continue their civil engineering training to achieve the professional standards to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). They might also choose to study a postgraduate MSc in Civil Engineering to develop their general skills and knowledge further or build specialist knowledge in a particular area, such as water management, earthquake engineering, maritime civil engineering and environmental engineering.


Course fees

Apprentices will need to be employed by your organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Your organisation will also need to commit to sponsoring apprentices to complete this qualification.

For further information on how your organisation can access funds to support apprentices, please e-mail connected@bolton.ac.uk.

Whether you’re an employer, employee or school leaver, please visit our Apprenticeship web page for support and advice regarding apprenticeships.

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Useful information

Apprentices will not be expected to pay tuition fees towards this programme. If your organisation has a wage bill of more than £3 million per annum, then it may be able to fund this Degree Apprenticeship through its Apprenticeship Levy contributions. If your organisation does not pay the levy, it may be eligible for government support to fund apprenticeships. This support, called co-investment, covers 95% of the apprenticeship’s tuition fees with your organisation funding the remaining 5% of the fees.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2022-2023 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Please contact the programme leader for details of the application procedure. You can find their name, email address and phone number in the Programme Contacts section of this page.

For support and advice regarding apprenticeships, please visit our Apprenticeship web page.

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


Civil engineering is a diverse and multi-faceted discipline, so we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These are designed to fully engage apprentices, helping them develop the skills, knowledge, self-awareness, and behaviours essential to becoming an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), with particular reference to your organisation and their place within it. Learning focuses on your workplace environment and builds the transferable body of knowledge and skills demanded to achieve IEng status and apply this expertise within your organisation. Your apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in the workplace, with the other 20% of their time being devoted to off-the-job training and university learning.

As well as attending timetabled lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions and tutorials, apprentices will also be expected to allocate significant time to independent and self-directed studies. For example, background reading, revisiting practical work, attending lectures and technical meetings provided by professional bodies, preparing for seminars, working on assignments and revising for exams will support their timetabled learning and develop good habits for lifelong learning. Our friendly and supportive tutors will be here to guide them and will gladly help them devise an independent study regime focused on their individual development needs. Learning will also be supported by the University's virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Your organisation will need to provide each apprentice with a workplace mentor to support their development. They will also benefit from regular visits from a University tutor. The workplace mentor, University tutor and apprentice will work together to create the individual learning plan required to progress the apprentice’s professional body membership. An individual learner record (ILR) will be completed on a monthly basis.

For the degree element of this programme, we assess each apprentice’s individual performance through a strategic blend of practical work, exams, essays, presentations, laboratory write-ups and other assignments. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors. In addition to the assessments associated with the degree programme, apprentices will undertake the two-stage end point assessment at the end of the apprenticeship period. Stage 1 is a written report, and stage 2 comprises a presentation, interview and written examination.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Digital Technologies and Professional Skills
  • Sustainable Construction and Materials 1
  • Soil Mechanics and Hydraulics
  • Geospatial Surveying
  • Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineering
  • Structural Analysis and Conceptual Design
  • Construction Management and Digital Skills
  • Transport Engineering and Materials II
  • Structural Analysis and Detailed Design
  • Hydrology and Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnics and Geo-Mapping
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice
  • Advanced Structural Analysis and Design
  • Dissertation
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Group Project
  • Applied Water Engineering
  • Advanced Materials Technology and Practice
  • Project and Environmental Managememnt
  • Advanced Construction Management and BIM
  • Advanced Conceptual Design and Structural Planning
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 1
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 2
  • Work-Based Portfolio and PDP 3
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 40%, Practical exams 30%, Written exams 30%
Level twoCoursework 45%, Practical exams 30%, Written exams 25%
Level threeCoursework 50%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 25%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%
Level twoGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%
Level threeGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Henry Oti
Admissions Tutor

H.Oti@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903077

Peter Farrell
Apprenticeship Leader

P.Farrell@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903426

Yassin Osman
Lecturer

Y.Osman@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903840

Furat Al-Faraj
Lecturer

F.Al-Faraj@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903845

Apprenticeship Enquiries
University of Bolton

apprentices@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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