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BSc (Hons) Digital Construction and Surveying (Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialist Degree Apprenticeship Route)

Our BSc (Hons) Digital Construction and Surveying (Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialist 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 solid understanding of the practical disciplines, principles and theories required to interpret and analyse geospatial data.

Digital Construction and Surveying (Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialist Degree Apprenticeship Route)

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



5 years


The University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The Level 6 degree apprenticeship standard for geospatial mapping and science specialist was developed by a consortium of consultants, contractors and employers from across the sector. The University of Bolton’s programme has been fully mapped to the apprenticeship standard (ST0492) and offers an excellent 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 effectively interpret and analyse data related to geographic position on the earth’s surface and use leading-edge digital technology such as laser scanning, geographic information systems, remote sensing and imagery.

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 honours degree, this programme of structured training supports apprentices who wish to work towards membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors*. 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.

Our expert team will support your apprentices as they undertake structured training in essential areas such as data analysis and advice for mapping, satellite navigation systems (Satnavs), global positioning systems (GPS), infrastructure, the identification of local, suburban or international boundaries, military, mining and a wide range of other purposes. We’ll guide them as they gain key skills in the interpretation, manipulation and analysis of geospatial information, gathering data and measurements using a wide range of innovative technologies and providing strategic advice and recommendations based on their analyses. With a focus on helping apprentices develop the behaviours required for occupational success, such as the ability to provide professional advice, maintain confidentiality, undertake lifelong learning and demonstrate cultural sensitivity, you can be assured that we’ll work hard to support your apprentices as they develop into competent and confident geospatial mapping and science specialists.

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.

*Please note, the University is currently seeking Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors accreditation for this programme.

  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will receive a degree apprenticeship certificate from the relevant awarding body, and be awarded an academic degree – the BSc (Hons) Digital Construction and Surveying from the University of Bolton.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic built environment lecturers.
  • Depending on their job role, apprentices will select a specialism from geospatial engineering or geospatial surveying.
  • Guest lectures by specialists from industry, the professional bodies and other academic institutions, enhance the learning experience.
  • This apprenticeship offers knowledge and training that is highly relevant to those with the longer-term goal of achieving membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors*.
Key Features
  • This part-time course skilfully 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.
  • The programme design and curriculum benefits from consultation with our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) that includes representatives such as consultants, building engineers, contractors, local government and government agencies.
  • 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 apprenticeship will support candidates who are working towards achieving membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors*. Further training and experience will be required in order to gain membership of these organisations.

*Please note, the University is currently seeking Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors accreditation for this programme.

  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. Applicants should be confident users of mathematics, but do not need to have studied construction or engineering previously.
  • Applicants should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.
  • If an applicant has non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we will be happy to consider their application.
  • 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 (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.

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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 BSc (Hons) Digital Construction and Surveying (Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialist Degree Apprenticeship Route) is designed to meet the Degree Apprenticeship Standard for Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialist (ST0492). Developed by employers, the standard underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway that educates future specialists in the interpretation and analysis of geospatial data.

On successful completion of the degree apprenticeship, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills needed to perform as independent, highly competent, digital surveying and geospatial mapping specialists. Employers can expect them to possess a wide range of transferable skills, such as the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to customers and their needs. They will be adept at forward planning and time management, rational decision making, critical thinking and possess excellent communication skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

Geospatial mapping and science specialists can work in either the public or private sector. Employers include consultants, contractors, rail operators, government, the military, mapping companies, suppliers of computer-based mapping technology, geographic information systems (GIS) and building information modelling (BIM), utility companies and a range of others.

They will also be well prepared to consider higher-level study towards master’s or PhD qualifications.

Course fees

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.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

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Digital construction engineering and surveying 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 a geospatial mapping and science specialist, with particular reference to your organisation and their place within it. Learning focuses on your workplace environment, and builds towards the transferable body of knowledge and skills needed to achieve membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors*, 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 an individual learning plan. 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 written coursework, examinations, oral presentations, time-constrained activities, practical work and portfolios. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors. In addition to the assessments associated with the degree programme, apprentices will undertake the end point assessment, at the end of the apprenticeship period.


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

Peter Farrell
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor

+44 (0)1204 903426

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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