Civil Engineering - Advanced Apprenticeship
Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Devon and Exeter Construction Centre 24 months

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This Advanced Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering is for those wanting to develop a career in the civil engineering sector. Civil engineering is all about helping people and shaping the world. Civil Engineering Apprentices should have a passion for the industry, a flair for maths and science and have good IT skills. Apprentices could work for a civil or construction company, a local council or one of the large water authorities in a junior civil engineering office or onsite role.

What topics will I study?

  • Health, safety and welfare for civil engineers
  • Sustainable construction
  • Mathematics and further mathematics for civil engineering
  • Science and materials in construction
  • Construction technology and design in civil engineering
  • Surveying in civil engineering
  • Graphical detailing including CAD
  • Structural mechanics and civil engineering
  • Highway construction and maintenance in civil engineering
  • Civil engineering techniques, procedures and methods
  • Problem solving in civil engineering
  • Management, leadership, independent judgement, responsbility and commercial awareness in civil engineering

You will start with an introduction to construction and civil engineering covering a wide range of units including Health and Safety, Civil Engineering Technology, Surveying and Structural Mechanics.

This will provide evidence towards a framework of qualifications which make up the apprenticeship including the Diploma in Civil Engineering.  This will show your competence, knowledge and understanding of business tasks and procedures, and prove you are able to carry out your job to the required standard, as it is assessed purely within the workplace.

What experiences will I get?

You will have the opportunity to visit large build projects in Exeter.

What are the entry requirements?

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 or above in English and maths and in some cases ICT. However, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme. An interest in the industry is essential and you must be employed as a trainee civil engineer.

What facilities are there?

  • Learning centre
  • Refectory

What can the course lead on to?

Apprentices will be working towards achievement of the following:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths (where applicable)

On completion of your apprenticeship you may progress onto study a higher national course in construction. This could then lead you to a full civil engineering degree at university.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need safety boots, overalls and recommended text books.

What support can I get?

You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.

What will this training cost me?

This can vary depending on the age of the Apprentice and the size of an organisation. Please contact a Training and Recruitment Advisor on 01392 400800 for more information.


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