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BEng Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) - 2020 entry

Please note: The below is for 2020 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code None
Duration 5 years
Entry year 2020

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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
  • 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, WSP who were involved in the development of the consultancy pathway and EDF Energy


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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 or 4 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’: Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering.

Applicants studying the new BTEC Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering will be considered without GCE AL science or GCE AL Maths provided they are taking the unit ‘Further Maths For Construction’ and achieve distinction.

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

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Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

The Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) and Civil Engineering with Year in Industry BEng (Hons) are 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).

A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See for further information.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Accreditation is awarded for a maximum of 5 years under each assessment exercise. The dates applicable to the current accreditation of this degree programme can be viewed on the Engineering Council list of accredited degrees:

*JBM incorporates the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

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.

This exact make-up of your course will be developed in partnership with your employer which may result in minor alterations to this structure and/or individual modules.

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.



Find out more on our Degree Apprenticeships website.

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. 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 on an apprenticeship applicants must either:

  1. Apply directly for a Level 6 Civil Engineering apprenticeship vacancy with a relevant employer. Examples of live vacancies with some of our partner employers can be found on our website
  2. Already have a position in an engineering company willing to support your application
  3. Already have a job offer from a company willing to support your application
  4. Once you are able to meet one of above options, you can submit an application

Please note that applicants can apply to this programme in addition to making applications to any institution through UCAS.

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How to apply 

  1. Vacancies are advertised as and when they become available. Register your interest and be the first to find out once vacancies are live.
  2. Apply for an apprenticeship vacancy through your chosen company's website. Details of all apprenticeship vacancies are available on the Gov website and/or listed within our current vacancies. You are welcome to apply for more than one vacancy through any company offering apprenticeship opportunities.
  3. Once you have applied we will review your application with the company of interest.
  4. If you meet our requirements you will be either be offered a place or be invited for interview.

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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.

Improvement works

To support our redesigned Engineering curriculum we are investing in both improvement works and essential maintenance works in the Harrison building. We’re making a £6.5million investment in our Engineering teaching laboratories, workshop spaces and new equipment which includes:

  • Student project space, run by students for students
  • Dedicated composite materials and geotechnics labs
  • New state-of-the-art equipment
  • Modernisation of the engineering workshop and electronics labs
  • Adaptable teaching and storage space in the fluids lab
  • New vehicle assembly area

Scheduled for completion in December 2021, these works ensure that our students have access to the best possible facilities during their time at Exeter. Find out further information on our website.