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Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Final award: 


  • IfATE Level 6 Civil Engineer (degree) apprenticeship, or
  • IfATELevel 6 Civil Engineering Site Management (degree) apprenticeship


  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, IEng status

*The level 6 apprenticeship gained depends on the pathway chosen in collaboration with the employer for the apprentice, based on their job role. More details of the apprenticeship route can be found in the Apprenticeship Standard section.

Duration 5 years
Entry point(s) September
Application deadline

Dependent on employer, see How to apply

Campus Streatham Campus, Exeter

Programme Director: Charlie Statham
Phone: +44 01392 727640


  • This course is for bright, motivated individuals who want to fast-track their career and become the Chartered Engineers of tomorrow
  • Apprentices will study a broad range of topics such as project management, mathematics, geotechnics, structural engineering, and safety and sustainable development
  • Block teaching allows apprentices to fully immerse themselves in learning and benefit from University facilities. Apprentices will study in our newly refurbished labs, which recently underwent a £6.5million investment
  • A unique degree apprenticeship programme catering for both the Civil Engineering Site Management (degree) standard and the Civil Engineer (degree) standard
  • Developed in partnership with industry leaders: Laing O’Rourke, the UK’s largest privately-owned construction firm; Bouygues, a blue chip construction firm; WSP, an international consultancy firm and EDF Energy, one of the UK’s largest energy suppliers

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£6.5 million programme in our teaching labs, workshop spaces and equipment

12th in the UK for General Engineering

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20th for Civil Engineering in the UK

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1st for Graduate Prospects in Civil Engineering

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The BEng Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as: 1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). 2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Apprentices can apply for IEng status through the ICE at the end of the programme.

Entry requirements

QualificationTypical offerRequired subjects
A Level 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 32/655  
BTEC DDM  See below* 
GCSE C or 4 Grade C in GCSE English language and Mathematics
Equivalences View other grade equivalences

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

*Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered: Applied Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Building Services Engineering Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability.

Level 2 Maths and English will need to be evidenced prior to end-point assessment (EPA). If you are studying Maths and Science at level 3 or above and have grades below what we are advertising, please get in touch as we can take relevant work experience and additional employer support into account when making application decisions.

Applicants must also have a valid and eligible residency status to gain entry onto the apprenticeship – please see the ESFA guidance for further information.

How to apply

The Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship does not follow the standard UCAS application process. Apprentices can apply to this programme in addition to making applications to any institution through UCAS. To gain a place on an apprenticeship applicants must either:

  1. Apply directly for a Level 6 Civil Engineering apprenticeship vacancy with a relevant employer – please check their websites for vacancies. The GOV.UK website will also list a number of these vacancies throughout the year. Current vacancies our partner employers are advertising through us can be found on our current vacancies page. Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one vacancy. 
  2. Already have a position or job offer from an engineering company willing to support their application.

Once an apprentice is able to meet one of above options, please get in touch with us and we will proceed with the application.

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Full programme cost: £27,000

The employer fully covers the cost of the apprenticeship; apprentices do not pay for any of the eligible training costs. The apprentice will be an employee of the organisation, gaining a University of Exeter award alongside working and earning a salary.

Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay for the apprenticeship fees directly through that contribution.  

Employers who do not pay the Levy will be able to claim 95 per cent of the cost of the apprenticeship from the Government. Up to 100 per cent Government contribution may be available if the employer has fewer than 50 employees and:

  • Recruits an apprentice aged 16-18
  • OR an apprentice aged 19-24 who has previously been in care or who has a local authority education, health and care plan

See further information on the Apprenticeship Levy funding.

Employers must pay their apprentices a salary at least consistent with national legislation.

Funding eligibility criteria

To be eligible for funding the apprentice must meet the criteria listed in the ESFA guidance. 

The apprentice must have a valid and eligible residency status to gain entry onto the apprenticeship – please see the ESFA guidance for further information.

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Course content

Engineering and manufacturing remain at the heart of the UK economy and the demand for skilled and qualified engineering has never been higher. Our ambition is for our apprentices to graduate with chartered status in sight, having been fully prepared by us to achieve this.  

Elements of the apprenticeship will be studied during time at work with the majority of studies taking place in four, two-week blocks, delivered by University of Exeter academic staff.

Throughout the apprenticeship, apprentices will gain more knowledge and experience ensuring they are able to:

  • Ensure that the project is completed to the specification and quality needed by the client
  • Ensure that the project has minimal negative impact on the environment and community
  • Manage interfaces between stakeholders associated with the project
  • Translate design information to construction teams so they can construct the project effectively and efficiently

Apprentices can expect to be stretched and challenged, but supported throughout their apprenticeship as they focus on building the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to become a professionally qualified engineer.


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.

60 credits total.

60 credits total.

75 credits total.

75 credits total.

90 credits total.


Approximately 20 per cent of an apprentice's contractual working time will be given over to study. Our model is designed to be flexible around the needs of apprentices and workloads. Block release allows apprentices to become fully immersed in their studies and no weekly day-release is required, mitigating disruption to daily roles.

Core modules in the first three years provide fundamental knowledge of materials, structures and mechanics as well as the application of mathematics to engineering problems. Project management skills will be developed as well as gaining a detailed understanding of health and safety, socio-environmental impacts and future responsibilities to society.

The final two years will be spent applying knowledge to engineering problems. Apprentices will also complete an Individual Project in the final year of the apprenticeship; an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to devise an engineering solution at a professional level. The Individual Project can be done in collaboration with employers, giving employers a tangible benefit.

Study blocks will comprise of lectures, seminars and workshops. During and outside of this time apprentices will also be able to meet one-to-one with their academic mentor. In addition to studying, block teaching will provide opportunities for apprentices to spend time networking with their peers. We run four, two-week long blocks of teaching each year.

Apprenticeship Standard

Alongside studying for their level 6 apprenticeship, gained after completing the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the apprenticeship standard(s), apprentices will also work towards a BEng in Civil Engineering and their professional accreditation (IEng status) through the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).  Below are the apprenticeship standards and assessment plans related to each pathway:

The Contracting Pathway –  5 Year Programme (total Funding £27,000) consisting of two apprenticeship standards:

L4 Construction Site Engineering technician (Funding £9,000) – Years 1 and 2 of programme

L6 Civil Engineering Site Management (Funding £18,000) – Years 3 to 5 of programme.

The Consultancy Pathway – 5 Year Programme (total Funding £27,000) consisting of one apprenticeship standard:

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About the apprenticeship

Apprentices will be a full salaried member of an organisation, typically earning between £13,000 and £19,000. Much of the learning will take place at work, either through projects linked to academic content or time set aside for distance learning. Apprentices will be working in an exciting and relevant job from day one of their studies, meaning when they graduate, they'll have both the professional and academic experience sought after by employers.

Employer valued skills

Solid industry experience is what employers look for when recruiting. The structure of the apprenticeship standards means that apprentices will gain knowledge, skills and behaviours which will lead to Incorporated Engineer status at the end of the programme. This is an industry-recognised standard which defines an apprentice's capabilities as a Civil Engineer. They will have gained experience in areas including: project management; delivering large-scale projects on-budget; managing engineering practices in a safe and sustainable way and communicating with clients and workers of all levels.

Employer information

We’re aiming to give you Engineers who are competent, well-rounded, and ready to apply for Chartership within a few years of completing the apprenticeship. Our teaching provides fundamental mathematical, scientific and engineering knowledge; giving them a thorough and challenging experience and giving you an excellent employee.

We provide the theoretical knowledge which provides a foundation to the practical work apprentices will do with you. Our curriculum has been developed with industry partners (Laing O'Rourke, Bouygues, WSP, EDF) to ensure it is relevant and applicable to industry settings. We have a dedicated partnerships team who will liaise closely with you throughout the programme.

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