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Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

About the course

Final Award: BEng Hons Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering Apprenticeship offers a unique opportunity to gain a BEng (Hons) degree in civil engineering while working towards Chartered Civil Engineer status. Developed in collaboration with UK civil engineering employers, this apprenticeship programme spans 4.5 years and provides a dynamic learning environment.

Apprentices will work alongside experienced professionals in a team environment, contributing to the development, design, construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of civil engineering infrastructure. This hands-on experience allows apprentices to apply theoretical knowledge directly to real-world projects.

Employers cover tuition fees through the apprenticeship levy while providing apprentices with a competitive salary. This arrangement allows apprentices to earn while they learn, gaining valuable experience and practical skills in a dynamic civil engineering role.

By the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll graduate as a highly skilled professional equipped with both academic qualifications and practical experience and ready to make significant contributions to the field of civil engineering.

Why choose this course?

Are you inspired to play a part in the design, construction, and maintenance of the structures that shape our world? Civil engineers play a vital role in both public and private sector organisations and contribute to projects ranging from infrastructure development to research and development initiatives.

Created in partnership with leading employers, our civil engineer degree apprenticeship enables you to develop in-demand professional engineering skills and progress your engineering career, all while gaining a university degree and a professional qualification.

Through a blend of academic study and workplace learning, apprentices will develop a strong foundation in civil engineering principles and practices. The programme emphasises sustainability and modern engineering requirements, aligning with the needs of both companies and society.

Apprentices will typically spend one day a week at the University of Hertfordshire, complemented by learning activities and training at their workplace. Three work-based learning modules, supported by employers, allow apprentices to integrate their interests and learning with real-world projects, leading to the award of a BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) and a professional qualification through End-Point Assessment (EPA).

What will I study?

The civil engineering degree apprenticeship brings together a comprehensive academic curriculum with practical work-based projects to develop your engineering knowledge and skills.

Professional Accreditations

The University of Hertfordshire offers a fully accredited BEng/ MEng in Civil Engineering. The degree apprenticeship programme will seek accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) at the earliest opportunity using JBM’s risk-based approach.


Upon successful completion of the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship, you will attain a prestigious qualification and become eligible for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) upon passing your End-Point Assessment. This signifies that you will possess the necessary credentials to practice as a professional civil engineer, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and competence required for success in the field.

This apprenticeship also offers invaluable insights into the broader career landscape within the civil engineering sector. By providing a comprehensive understanding of industry trends, challenges, and opportunities, the programme empowers you to make informed decisions and plan for your longer-term career aspirations.

The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship lays a solid foundation for your continued success and progression within the dynamic and rewarding field of civil engineering.

The University’s careers service provides a range of support to help apprentices develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our careers pages for more information.