BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Graduate Apprenticeship) BEng/BEng (Hons)

Study towards a degree in Civil Engineering while in paid, full-time employment


Learn the fundamentals of Civil Engineering and the specifics of structural analysis, construction surveying, geotechnical engineering and relevant computer applications. This programme is suitable for people already in industry looking to upskill and bring new knowledge to the workplace, as well as those looking to kick-start their career in Civil Engineering. 

Graduate Apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in work and 20% in university, with work based learning projects allowing
Graduate Apprentices to attain an honours degree in 4 years, the same time as traditional full-time students.
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Mode of Study:

Day Release, Full-time


4 years

Course details

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    How you’ll be taught

    This course is delivered on a day-release basis throughout the academic year.

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    Mixture of practical assignments, exams, group projects and work-based learning.
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    Work placement

    You will be a full-time employee for the duration of the programme.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Construction Engineering 
  • Principles of Civil Engineering 
  • Foundation Mathematics 
  • Construction Surveying 
  • Civil Engineering Materials 
  • Engineering Communication

Year 2

  • Civil Engineering Principles and Materials 2
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis and Design 
  • Geotechnics 1
  • Intermediate Mathematics
  • Project Management

Year 3

  • Water Resources Engineering 
  • Geotechnics 2
  • Transport Engineering
  • Construction Methods
  • Structural Engineering 1
  • Further Intermediate Mathematics

Year 4

  • Geotechnics 3
  • Railway Engineering
  • Structural Engineering 2
  • Integrated Engineering Design 1
  • Honours Project (Dissertation)
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council as:

1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

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.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

In order to apply, you must be resident in Scotland before you start your Graduate Apprenticeship. The premises you work in must also be located in Scotland. As part of your application, you'll have to show that you have the right to live and work in Scotland.

There is no upper age limit. You can apply if you're 16 or over. Some vacancies might be for ages 18 and over, because of health and safety requirements.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum Year 1

To enter this programme at the start of Year 1 you must have either: 

• A minimum of four SQA Highers at Grade BBBC (including Maths) plus Nat 5 English at B. 
• A Foundation Apprenticeship in a related discipline plus suitable academic qualifications. 
• A Modern Apprenticeship or college qualification in in a related discipline 

Minimum Year 2

To enter this programme at the start of Year 2 you must have: 

• A Modern Apprenticeship or college qualification in a related discipline.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC at Higher (including Maths) plus National 5 grade B in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information see our entry requirements and admissions policies. (

Recognition of prior learning. 

If you do not hold any of the above qualifications or awards but have relevant work experience you may be able to enter this programme at any of the above points. Your application will be considered on an individual basis, taking into consideration your previous study and experience. You will be asked to reflect on your previous experience and demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding equivalent to that achieved on successful completion of the above entry requirements. We will provide you with support in your reflective process through interviews and guidance on presenting your evidence. 

English language requirements

As all learning, teaching and assessment activities are conducted in English, if your first language is not English you must have a minimum International English Language Testing System score of 6.0 with all four elements having a score of at least 5.5.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding


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On completion apprentices can build their career in jobs such as:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Asset Management
  • Engineering
Civil Engineering alumni Emily Alfred at the Queensferry Crossing bridge which she worked on.