BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship Route)

Our JBM accredited BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (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


BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:



5 years


The University of Bolton

UCAS points:


Start date:


Course Details

The Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Standard was developed by a central trailblazer consortium of consultants, contractors and employers from across the civil engineering sector. Our BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship Route) programme has been fully mapped to the apprenticeship standard and offers the best combination of theory and practice. Study at the University complements learning in the workplace, supporting apprentices to gain the core knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide the technical and management input to develop design solutions for complex civil engineering problems.

This degree apprenticeship can support your organisation to attract the best new talent and retain 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 who is offering apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don’t require current employment.

  • 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) by 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 (Degree Apprenticeship Route) 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 environment 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, and 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

This 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 for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng.

Successful apprentices will also be awarded the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship Route) 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).
  • 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.
  • Applicants should also have five GCSEs grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • 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 one day per week (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.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

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 trailblazer Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Developed by a consortium of employers, consultants and contractors, the standard underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway that supports apprentices to achieve the technical knowledge required for a career as a civil, structural, geotechnical, hydraulic, or highway and transportation engineer. Successful apprentices will develop their understanding of designing, creating and building structures efficiently, and learn how to make best use of available resources and techniques.

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, commercial awareness, and knowledge of health and safety.

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 training in civil engineering in order to achieve the professional standards to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). They might also choose to study a postgraduate Master’s in Civil Engineering to further develop their general skills and knowledge 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

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 2021/2022 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 2021/2022 policy on 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 to develop the skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours essential to become 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 needs 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.


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.

  • Communications Technology
  • Construction and Materials Technology 1
  • Ground and Water Studies 1
  • Site Surveying and Site Practice
  • Mathematics and Structural Analysis
  • Mathematics and Structural Design
  • Construction Management
  • Construction and Materials Technology 2
  • Engineering Mathematics and Structures
  • Ground and Water Studies 2
  • Highway Design and Control
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice
  • Advanced Structural Analysis and Design
  • Dissertation
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Ground Improvement
  • Interdisciplinary Project
  • Advanced Surveying Procedures
  • Concrete Technology and Practice
  • Construction Management
  • Professional Development Module
  • Project and Environmental Management
  • Structural Planning
  • Transport Studies
  • Water Engineering and the Environment
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 1
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 2
  • Work-Based Portfolio and PDP 3
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 49%, Practical exams 12%, Written exams 39%
Level twoCoursework 62%, Practical exams 10%, Written exams 28%
Level threeCoursework 70%, Written exams 30%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level threeGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%


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

Spyridon Paschalis
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903868

Henry Oti
Admissions Tutor

+44 (0)1204 903077

Paul McMahon
Apprenticeship Leader

+44 (0)1204 903849

Yassin Osman

+44 (0)1204 903840

Furat Al-Faraj

+44 (0)1204 903845

Malcolm Duncan
Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)1204 903427

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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