Undergraduate Study

BEng Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship)

UCAS code None
Duration 5 years
Entry year 2020

Web: Enquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Entry requirements

A level: AAA - ABB
IB: 36/666 - 32/655

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Engineering


  • Enjoy a fully-funded university experience at a Russell Group university
  • Earn a salary throughout your studies and pay zero tuition fees
  • Throughout your degree you’ll have direct access to major civil engineering projects – many of our places involve working on the construction of Hinkley Point C
  • On graduation, you’ll receive a full Exeter degree and have gained five years' valuable work experience, putting you in a great position to move on in your career
  • This programme has been developed in partnership with a group of employers. These include Laing O’Rourke, the UK’s largest privately-owned construction firm, Bouygues, a blue chip construction firm, and EDF Energy


8th in the UK for General Engineering

The Complete University Guide 2020

96.2% of Engineering graduates in further study or graduate-level employment within 6 months of graduation

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) of 2016/17 undergraduates

8th in the UK for Civil Engineering

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA - ABB GCE AL Maths grade B and another science* subject at grade B. Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths
IB 36/666-32/655 IB Maths HL5 and another science subject HL5. Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL5 in Physics will also be considered.
BTEC DDD - DDM See below under 'read more' for further information
GCSE C Grade C in GCSE English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

*GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology**; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

**If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma (2010)

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL science subject, GCE AL Maths is still required: Applied Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Building Services Engineering Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability.

BTEC Extended Diploma (2016)

Applicants studying one of the following new BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL science subject or GCE AL Maths providing they have taken the mandatory unit ‘Calculus to solve Engineering problems’ AND the optional unit ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’: Civil Engineering, Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering.

For any questions relating to entry requirements please contact the team via our online form or 01392 724061.

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Course content

The BEng Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship is a full Exeter degree, studied over five years through on-campus residentials and intensive experiential learning on real-world projects.

While elements of the degree will be studied during time at work, the majority of your tuition will fall within four, two-week residentials, delivered by University of Exeter academic staff.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.



The tuition fee for this programme will be paid for by your employer and the Government. 

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

Residential Courses

Residential courses will be structured around your modules and will comprise lectures, seminars and workshops. During this time you will also be able to meet one-to-one with your academic mentor. In addition to studying, these occasions will provide opportunities for you to spend time socialising with your peers.

Work-based learning

You’ll be working on one of the employer’s sites, most likely Hinkley Point C in the South West. You’ll be involved in a wide variety of tasks on site, including (but not limited to):

  • Dimensional control
  • Assisting design teams with civil engineering solutions
  • Supervision of specialist contractors
  • Contributing to the control of health and safety on the project
  • Recording, control and reporting of progress on the project
  • Contributing to the minimisation of the environmental impact of the project
  • Controlling the quality of works on the project

As you progress through your apprenticeship you will gain more knowledge and experience. With this, you’ll be expected to:

  • Ensure that safe systems of work are in place on site and that all staff adhere to them
  • Translate design information to construction teams so they can construct the project effectively and efficiently
  • Manage the productivity on the site so that the project is completed on time
  • Ensure that the project is completed to the specification and quality needed by the client
  • Manage the activity on site in a way that adheres to cost and contract constraints
  • Ensure that the site has minimal negative impact on the environment and community
  • Manage interfaces between stakeholders associated with the project

You can expect to be stretched and challenged, but supported throughout your apprenticeship as you focus on building the knowledge, skills and experiences you need to become a professionally qualified engineer. This is an exciting and demanding apprenticeship, so we’re looking for exceptional, engaged and motivated people who are passionate about the industry and being part of a once in a lifetime project. We expect strong communicators, team players and a desire to learn both in the classroom and on the job. You’ll need to set yourself high standards and be able to juggle the pressures of both work and study.

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BEng Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) does not follow the standard UCAS application process. To gain a place you must apply directly to one of our partner employers’ vacancies (advertised below). You can apply to this programme in addition to making applications to any institution through UCAS.

Current vacancies

We recommend that you register your details with us to be notified when new vacancies become available for 2020 entry.

A five-year programme that combines academic learning with on-the-job training. Successful candidates will complete a fully funded accredited degree from the University of Exeter in their chosen area of interest while working as a Laing O'Rourke employee. The programme also includes a series of in-house modules, aimed at exposing you to the latest developments in construction and engineering. Your personal and professional growth will be supported throughout the programme using career planning toolkits and tailored development plans. During the programme you will work across a range of businesses and projects, which will offer the breadth and variety to support your career progression and will contribute towards your professional development.

Location: To be confirmed

Salary: £17,500 per annum

Closing date of applications: 28 January 2020.

Please visit the Laing O'Rourke website to find out more about this role and view the application.


As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.

We can offer you the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most exciting engineering and design projects. We invest in your learning and development and we value the ideas and innovation you could bring to our work. So, if you’re ready, we can’t wait to get you involved.

Location: Exeter and Truro offices

Salary: £19,000 per annum plus benefits

Closing date of applications: 29 May 2020

Please visit the WSP website to find out more about this role and view the application.

How to apply

  1. Vacancies are advertised on this page when they become available. Register your interest and be the first to find out once vacancies are live.
  2. Apply through your chosen company's website via the links which are available on this page once vacancies become live. You are welcome to apply for more than one vacancy.
  3. Once you have applied we will review your application, with the company of interest.
  4. If you meet our requirements you be invited to an interview.
  5. Once your interview is completed, you will receive a notification about whether you have been successful.
  6. If you have been successful you will be offered a position with the company. Your place will be confirmed by us, and we will send further information about how to enrol as a student.
  7. If you have not been successful this time, do not worry! Keep an eye out for other opportunities on this page.

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Your future

About the apprenticeship

As an apprentice you will be a full salaried member of your organisation, typically earning between £13,000 and £19,000. Much of your learning will take place at work, either through projects linked to academic content or time set aside for distance learning.

Highly employable

Solid industry experience is what employers look for when recruiting. As a graduate of a degree apprenticeship programme you’ll be working in an exciting and relevant job from day one of your studies, meaning when the time comes to move on, you’ll have the both the professional and academic experience sought after by employers.