University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship)

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Course summary

Overview Do you have what it takes to plan, design, construct and manage large-scale building projects, from roads to skyscrapers? Do you want to earn a salary and get valuable on-the-job experience while you study for a civil engineering degree? On this 5-year BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship course, you’ll get to grips with the theory, methods and skills needed for a career in civil engineering in the city that gave the world Isambard Kingdom Brunel and get valuable on-the-job experience. You'll spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days in work. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything. Degree apprenticeships are suitable for anyone over 18, whether you've just finished school or college or you've already started your career. You’ll learn how to design, construct, operate and maintain the infrastructure that supports everything from buildings and transportation to public amenities. Accredited by This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, Institute of Highway Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers - Meeting in full the academic requirement for IEng and in part the academic requirement for CEng What you'll experience On this degree apprenticeship course you'll: Create your own designs and models

  • Carry out materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and soil investigation
  • Use our environmental laboratory located at a sewage treatment works
  • Apply your skills to practical problems as part of our partnerships with local and global organisations
  • Get out of the classroom and workplace with visits to the Isle of Wight and construction sites around the city
  • Enjoy insights from industry specialists – recent guest speakers include practitioners from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Atkins, Stantec, Portsmouth Water, Mott MacDonald, Portsmouth City Council, Colas and WSP
  • Study and work with students from other related disciplines, complementing the experience you'll get at work
  • Build a network of professional peers during your time at university, sharing your ideas and knowledge
  • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a traditional degree
  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor
You'll typically go to university one day a week for around 30 weeks every year to attend lectures, seminars, laboratory and software classes, workshops and field trips. On the weeks you don't go to University, you'll still spend 20% of your time studying or training away from your normal working environment. Careers and opportunities The skills you develop on this course are sought after by employers in fields such as:
  • civil and structural engineering
  • civil engineering contracting
  • construction engineering
After you finish your apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. "I previously found it hard to balance college work during the day and part-time retail work in the evenings, so the degree apprenticeship is a perfect way to earn whilst I learn. My responsibilities at work have given me experience that I can apply in the learning environment as well as confidence which helps with assessments such as presentations." Tom Colbeck, Degree Apprentice

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Construction Management and Practice
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Professional Development 1
  • Soils and Materials 1
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
  • Water and Environmental Engineering
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Behaviour of Structures
  • Numerical Skills
  • Professional Development 2
  • Soils and Materials 2
Year 4 Core modules in this year include:
  • Design of Structural Elements
  • Professional Development 3
  • Research and Individual Project
Year 5 Core modules in this year include:
  • Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project
  • Soils and Materials 3
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

How you'll be assessed You'll be assessed through:

  • closed and open book exams
  • problem-based coursework and professional style reports
  • computer-based portfolios
  • group presentations
  • dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Civil Engineers, Institution of
  • Chartered institution of Highways & Transportation Civil Engineers, The Institution of
  • Structural Engineers, Institution of
  • Highway Engineers, Institute of (IHE)

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your application.

International applicants

This course is available to UK/EU applicants only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form. All applicants are required to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment. All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you will be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

All applicants are required to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.

Portfolio

All applicants are required to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £27000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £27000 Whole course
Scotland £27000 Whole course
Wales £27000 Whole course

Additional fee information

Your employer will also need to pay the End Point Assessment (EPA) fee. The cost of the EPA varies. This is in addition to the tuition fees. For further information please go to: https://www.port.ac.uk/study/studying-while-working/degree-apprenticeships We will provide personal protective equipment such as hard hats and Hi-Vis vests, but you will need to buy your own safety boots costing about £50-£60.
Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS