Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons)

Part-time, work-based, degree apprenticeship undergraduate (4 years)

Chelmsford, Blended learning


This course is taught online but does include four teaching block weeks per year in September, January, April and July.


Our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship is an opportunity to combine study and work. As well as providing a high quality BSc (Hons) degree qualification it enables students to achieve professional Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status through the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and pursue a fulfilling career as a qualified Civil Engineer. The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

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I strongly recommend a degree apprenticeship as an excellent way to build and kick start your career. The experience and knowledge that I have ascertained is simply invaluable
Pritam Bhojani


Our work based course ensures that it meets the need of the industry and is adaptable to a range of employers and roles.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • IT and Communication
    You will gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment.
  • Elements of Engineering Design
    This module introduces students to some of the basic analytical concepts and processes involved in the design of structures. Students will also be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software.
  • Safe Civil Engineering Works
    This module addresses key elements of civil engineering construction, placing them firmly alongside the management responsibility to ensure the prioritisation of health and safety within the work environment at all times. This knowledge will ultimately enable students to consider long-span low-rise and medium-rise structures in terms of the evaluation and application of different groundwork techniques, construction methods, foundation types and the health and safety management of both the selection and construction processes.
  • Maths Skills for Civil Engineers
    This module is designed to develop the underpinning mathematical skills for use in modules covering topics related to structural analysis, geotechnics and hydraulics.
  • Elementary Survey Skills
    Survey work is one of the most complete and satisfying disciplines involved in construction because it involves the application of theoretical knowledge to solve practical problems using tactile skills and common-sense in the field. This module is intended to develop the necessary site related survey skills for apprentices entering the construction industry. You will gain both a theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practice in the use of both traditional and contemporary instruments in order to set-up and control the most common elements of construction.

Year two, core modules

  • Science and Materials
    An understanding of material properties is essential in all areas of engineering. For an engineer to make reasoned decisions about the materials to be used in a project, an understanding of processing, structure and properties is necessary. By the end of this module the student should be familiar with the material properties relevant to engineering performance and how these properties are defined. The relevant properties of materials will be discussed in the context of engineering solutions
  • Geotechnics I
    Introduces basic geological concepts together with an appreciation of the ground investigation element of site investigation.
  • Material Technology
    This module gives Civil Engineering students a thorough grounding in the principles and manufacture of materials used in the construction industry. A well-structured laboratory work programme is used to give the students practical experience of the theoretical concepts explained in the lectures.
  • Hydraulics
    This module covers the principles of hydrostatics and fluids in motion in pipes and open channels. Laboratory sessions give the students the opportunity to explore the limitations of the mathematical models of fluid behaviour.
  • Site and Engineering Surveying
    This module covers both traditional and contemporary advanced survey techniques. Students will also gain an understanding of how remote surveying by extra-terrestrial systems has evolved and of how a variety of control systems relate to the Ordnance Survey National Grid.
  • Structural Analysis
    This module introduces students to the fundamental principles and methods of structural mechanics, particularly understanding of performance of different structures under different actions. Students will acquire knowledge which will enable them to carry out the analysis of different structures under different actions and discover their responses and performances using manual calculation and computer modelling.

Year three, core modules

  • CAD for Civil Engineers
    This module is intended to give civil engineers and other interested students an appreciation of the growing importance of three-dimensional CAD software. It will give hands-on training in some of the most up to date software complying with the latest British and European Standards.
  • Design Technology in Civil Engineering
    This module is a holistic introduction to the design process with particular emphasis on the design of infrastructure projects. Technological tools used in current design practice will be studied and students encouraged to investigate the most recent innovations in design practice.
  • Applied Mathematics for Civil Engineers
    This module is designed to build on the skills acquired in the pre-requisite module by introducing techniques that lie behind the solution of engineering problems. The module will enable students to undertake appropriate analysis in areas such as hydraulics, geotechnics, structural analysis and design and understand the mathematical basis on which the widely used specialist software functions.
  • Structural Method and Design
    This module aims to develop students’ understanding on the principles and methods of structural design to the Codes of Practices, typically to the Structural Eurocodes.
  • Geotechnics II
    The module extends the knowledge of basic soil properties gained in the pre-requisite module to include an appreciation of the nature of soil strength in the context of the principles of total and effective stress. This is then applied to the geotechnical design of foundations and earth retaining structures. The use of Codes of Practice is introduced and the philosophy of Factors of Safety within soils design is explored.
  • Highway Design and Construction
    This module discusses the problems and techniques associated with highway design, construction and maintenance and how to formulate technical solutions. This module focuses on providing the depth of coverage necessary to solve highway related problems likely to be encountered in practice.

Year four, core modules

  • Structures
    This module enhances students' understanding of the behaviour of steel and concrete in medium and low rise structures. Through analysis, it introduces students to the modelling and solutions of indeterminate frames and trusses. Through design studies, the module aims to introduce students to the design of low-rise structures and alternative forms of structural elements.
  • Environmental Management for the Construction Industry
    The growth in environmental awareness, at all levels from local to international, over recent decades is introduced and considered in the context of the construction industry. Legislation and other pressures for the protection of the environment are considered, including pollution control and environmental impact assessment.
  • Civil Engineering Group Project
    This module is designed to develop the student’s ability to evaluate and resolve practical problems and work as part of a team.
  • Professional Development
    The module will enable the learner to understand their own need for continuous personal and professional development and understand and apply principles of evaluation, quality assurance and quality improvement leading to the evaluation and improvement of their own wider professional practice. The aim of this module is also support the student in the preparation of the end point assessment of the Professional Review for Incorporated professional status (IEng). The Professional Review is the process by which the student demonstrates that they have the level of ability, experience, knowledge and personal development that is required to become a member of a professional body. This is done through the production of a 5000 word report which must show how the student has achieved the required attributes set out by the professional body. Part of this module will involve the student producing this report with the support of their academic supervisor and also the professional sponsor, generally their line manager. The final part of the review comprises of a 15 minute presentation based on the topics covered in the report to reviewers from the professional body and an interview. This is followed by a written exam in which the candidate has to write on a subject relating to their area of work.


Assessment for this course will be in two parts. The first element is the On Programme element, which includes the academic content of the modules and the Initial Professional Development (IPD). The second element is the End Point Assessment (EPA). These are explained below.

Academic assessment

  • The course will be assessed using a variety of techniques. Most modules are assessed by a piece of coursework which may be a design exercise, a laboratory report, technical report, presentation, poster or an essay, and a written examination which will be taken during the exam periods in January, May and August.
  • Most modules will have two elements. The threshold mark for each element is 35%, the pass mark for the module is 40%.
  • Instead of a dissertation, apprentices will take a Professional Development module. Assessment is a 5,000 word report, a mock presentation and interview, and a time controlled written exercise. This gives apprentices the opportunity for thorough preparation for the EPA.

Initial Professional Development

As part of the apprenticeship, students are required to have an employer formal training plan. Through the ICE’s Training Agreements Online trainees can be registered and record their experiences using IPD Online. The Supervising Civil Engineer (SCE) can access the trainee’s records and sign off achievement levels for each attribute. It is estimated that this will take three years and will start in year two of the degree apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

Once the gateway of threshold of the BSc (Hons) and IPD is completed, apprentices have to undertake the EPA. The End Point Assessment, also known as Professional Review for Incorporated Engineer, requires apprentices to demonstrate that they have achieved ICE’s defined competencies to which the apprenticeship standards have been mapped. It comprises:

  • 5,000 word report
  • Presentation and interview
  • Essay in examination conditions

According to guidelines, the apprentice will have up to an additional 12 months (after the four years of the BSc) to achieve IEng status.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Degree apprenticeships are fully funded by your employer and the Government


Entry requirements

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Academic entry requirements

  • UCAS Tariff: 96 points
  • 96 Points including at least two subjects at GCE/VCE A Level or VCE double award equivalent plus
  • GCSEs in at least four subjects grade C or above including English and Maths. We ask for GCSE Maths at grade B or grade 5 and above.
  • Students whose first language is not English will be required to be proficient in IELTS or TOEFL with a score of 6.

Alternative Qualifications

BTEC National Certificate/Diploma attracting at least 96 UCAS points.

Applications from mature students and those with qualifications other than GCE/VCE/A Levels are considered on their individual merits but must hold a level 2 qualification in Maths.

Studying during COVID-19

Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.

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