Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

The Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship has been developed alongside leading employers to provide the professional engineering skills your organisation needs.

What is the Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship provides a new way of upskilling your workforce, with all tuition fees funded through the Apprenticeship Levy. 

It will teach your employees key engineering concepts, alongside vital professional skills in management, creative skills in design of civil engineering structures and systems and practical skills in surveying, geographical information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD).

Successful learners will gain a BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering degree and qualify as a Incorporated Engineer (IEng) once they have successfully completed the End Point Assessment.

Who is the Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship will strengthen and develop the engineering skills of your existing talent and help you attract promising new recruits.

It’s ideal for employees who are keen to further their engineering career by gaining a university degree and professional qualification (IEng) but wish to remain in the workplace.

How will your business benefit?

Your qualified employees will be capable and confident members of your workforce.

As professional civil engineers, they will be able apply mathematical, scientific and engineering principles, methods and modelling to the design, construction and management of civil engineering projects. They’ll also be adept at communicating effectively and possess key analytical and professional skills that will help them succeed in their work.

Learners will test and apply their new knowledge in the workplace throughout – so your organization will benefit right from the beginning.

Why UWE Bristol?

Your employees will learn in modern facilities with new studios, teaching rooms and well-equipped laboratories for concrete and environmental science, hydraulics, environmental physics, earth sciences and surveying technology.

They’ll also have access to industry-standard geographic information systems (GIS), computer aided design (CAD), structural analysis and statistical software in our computer labs.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments will help them learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, making them a valuable asset to your organisation.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities.

Civil Engineer course details

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The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

  • Surveying
  • Engineering communication
  • Construction and environmental materials
  • Civil engineering technology and design.

Year two

  • Mathematics for civil and environmental engineering
  • Engineering principles for civil engineering
  • Environmental engineering field study.

Year three

  • Application of mathematics for civil and environmental engineering
  • Structural analysis
  • Design of structural elements
  • Soil mechanics
  • Project risk management.

Year four

  • Hydraulics and engineering applications
  • Design and implementation project
  • Strategic issues in engineering
  • Geotechnics.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Hydrology and flood risk estimation
  • Engineering geology design project
  • Traffic engineering design.

Final year

  • Individual civil engineering project
  • Computational civil engineering
  • Advanced structural analysis.

Plus optional modules (the number will depend on your credit requirements) from:

  • Environmental assessment
  • Hydraulic modelling for flood risk management
  • Traffic safety and management.

The structure of the course provides a balance between theory, practice and design.

Learners will be are assessed through a combination of exams and coursework. Exams take place at the middle and end of each year. Coursework may consist of essays, reports, presentations, teamwork exercises and progress tests.

Qualification, professional registration and accreditation

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially satisfying the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng).

After passing the End Point Assessment the apprentices will achieve Incorporated Engineer (IEng) qualification.

A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See the Joint Board of Moderators for details of further learning programmes for CEng.

Duration and delivery

Part-time day release over five years, with two additional block weeks.

Our lecturing staff achieve consistently high scores on the National Student Survey and provide a friendly environment for learning. They're active researchers or industrial consultants and stay up to date with advances in the field.

Find out more about our department's approach to learning and teaching.

Typical entry requirements

Tariff points: 112

GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.

A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Mathematics. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. Applicants must have a minimum of two A-Levels.

Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.

EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include Merit in one of the following units: Further Mathematics for Technicians; Further Engineering Mathematics; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment or Further Mathematics for Construction.

Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit with 15 credits in Mathematics. Please list the units that you are taken in the application.

Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about this apprenticeship, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance. There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships.  We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.  

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