Course details

Course length

Minimum of 4 years to 4 and a half years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Appentices would be expected to attend the University on a day release basis for 28 days each year or by other study methods if negotiated with an employer. They can start the apprenticeship in September or January.

Course description

To progress in a career in civil engineering, look no further than a Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship in Derby – accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators and forged in partnership with the regional construction and infrastructure industry.

Studying for a Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Derby provides access to Gold-rated teaching, exceptional specialist facilities and a practical course designed to promote capability and competence within the civil engineering field.

We’ve invested over £12 million in industry-focused laboratories, including those dedicated to structures, geotechnics, hydraulics, concrete and materials testing, with substantial equipment used in advanced geomatic surveying.

Apprentices will benefit from on-the-job practical training and degree level academic learning, including a significant online element.

An online portal enables employers to track apprentice progress, including assessment and monitoring data.

As part of your apprenticeship you will study our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, which is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers for the academic underpinning you require to become an Incorporated Engineer.

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Who is this course for?

Our apprenticeship programme is suitable for individuals who undertake design, feasibility, project planning or site work for projects and operations in road, rail, water, infrastructure management, including safety and quality checks.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

The apprenticeship runs over a minimum of four to four and a half years and incorporates a part-time day release honours degree (other study modes negotiable) with on-campus teaching at the University and online delivery through University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL).

All apprentices include two induction modules, one at Level 4 - Working and Learning: Higher Education in the Workplace (Engineering and Technology) and one at Level 6 – Working and Learning: Developing Learning Agility (Engineering and Technology).

You will study the  BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering.  Your academic apprenticeship is specified in the Programme Specification and involves assessments which are specially designed to include work-based learning.   


Benefits to Employers

Entry requirements

Minimum academic qualifications of at least 96 UCAS points or above at A-level or equivalent, to include Mathematics plus at least one further STEM-based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing and Electronics. Apprenticeship candidates will typically have at least three A-levels at Grades A*-C including Mathematics and Physical Science or their equivalent or will have completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Civil Engineering Technician, plus five GCSEs at Grade A-C including Mathematics, English Language and Double Science or equivalent qualification. Individual employers will also set their own selection criteria and typical entry requirements. Direct entry at Level 5 (if allowed within the Levy) will depend on achieving recognition of prior learning equivalent to Level 4 of the degree.

This apprenticeship includes a degree in:

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

To apply for this apprenticeship you must currently be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week. Your employer must cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

Fees and funding


Cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £27,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and involvement of employers.


Fees will be paid by your employer with government funded support or through the apprenticeship levy.

How to apply

For more information call 0800 001 5500 or email

Applications to this apprenticeship will need to be made through the employer.

Contact us

Apprenticeship Hub +44 (0)800 001 5500