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BEng Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
Degree Apprenticeship

Develop expertise in fundamental civil engineering principles to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations

Our BEng Civil and Infrastructure Engineering degree apprenticeship is taught over five years and you’ll be learning while working in an exciting civil engineering role

Throughout your degree you’ll have direct access to being a member of a team for your employer working on civil engineering projects. On graduation, you will receive a Warwick BEng (Honours) degree, and with this as the gateway with the five years' of invaluable on-the-job experience you can take the assessments with a professional engineering institution for IEng membership.

News Item (12 November 2018) - First cohort of Civil Engineering degree apprentices arrive on campus 

Learning and teaching

The BEng Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of residential courses, blended learning and work-based projects.

The academic curriculum will, for a large part, follow actual delivery in the workplace with the day-to-day challenges faced in a work environment informing studies and what is assessed for the BEng (Honours) degree.

Six residential blocks for one week each bring your apprentice group together per year. During these blocks you will attend lectures, seminars, take other learning activities and spend time with academics and non-academic staff in the School of Engineering.

Blended elements of the course, including lectures and online collaborative work, are supported by University’s electronic Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). VLE will supplement and further the learning begun during residentials, as well as providing academic support for ongoing projects in the workplace.

What you’ll be doing

As you progress through your apprenticeship you will gain more knowledge and experience.

You can expect to be stretched and challenged, but supported throughout your apprenticeship as you focus on building-up the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you require to be a professionally qualified engineer (IEng). This is an exciting and demanding apprenticeship, so we’re looking for exceptional, engaged and motivated people who are passionate about the industry and being part of a once in a lifetime educational and training experience.

We expect strong communicators, team players and a desire to learn both at the university and on the job. You’ll need to set yourself high standards and be able to balance and overcome the pressures of integrated work and university studies that leads to two qualifications (BEng degree and IEng professional qualification).

What is a Degree Apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship is a new type of undergraduate degree offering a debt-free path to a university education. Your tuition fees for this degree will be paid for by your employer and you’ll also be earning a competitive apprenticeship salary.

Employers

Employer partners supporting this degree programme represent the UK civil engineering industry and are contractors and consultants. These employers offer excellent engineering careers and are collaborating with high quality higher education institutions like The University of Warwick, where your studyig shall benefit from a strong network of peers, studying and working on the same degree apprenticeship.

The BEng Civil and Infrastructure Engineering is a full Warwick degree, studied over five years through on-the-campus residential teaching and virtual learning experiences, with our teaching and assessment having blended and integrated work based learning throughout.

Our programme has been designed in collaboration with employers to satisfy the Apprenticeship Standard for a Civil Engineer. This is the employer-defined, government-approved standard of competence for an apprentice in this engineering discipline.

Whilst parts of the degree programme are studied during on-the-job activities, the majority of the teaching will take place during six, one-week residential blocks, delivered by Warwick academic staff with collaborative teaching support from employers.

Residential teaching will be structured around a number of modules delivered per week, with one week for laboratories and seminars, etc., and the sixth week for examinations and other assessments. The five teaching weeks will comprise lectures, seminars and laboratories. During your time on campus you will have opportunities to meet one-to-one with your academic mentors and tutor, and with other Warwick staff. In addition to degree apprenticeship studying, the block weeks on campus in the City of Coventry will enable you to use all of Warwick facilities and to spend time socialising with your peers.

The BEng Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship has been developed in partnership with a group of employers. A sub-set of employers contributing to the degree apprenticeship programme are: Arup; Buckingham Group; London Bridge Associates; Keller, J Murphy & Sons; Mott MacDonald; Tata Steel and Warwickshire County Council.

While study on this programme learning will also happen at your place of work and this studying contributes to your overall degree qualification. As a degree apprentice you will be a full salaried employee, with all the benefits this brings. You’ll be working as part of a team with real responsibility giving you hands-on, vocational training every day. At work, you will be supported in your role by both your line manager and employer mentor. The mentor will be supporting you working towards satisfying a number of attributes with a Professional Institution, which currently is the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), via their training agreement for the IEng professional engineer qualification.

After being awarded your BEng (Honours) Civil and Infrastructure Engineering degree and meeting the requirements of ICE you will be entitled to take the end point assessment, as specified in the Civil Engineer Standard, for IEng membership.

Our programme has been set-up to accommodate both School Leavers (new entrants directy into the business) and existing staff (for upskilling).

Entry requirements for the BEng Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Degree Apprenticeship are:

Candidates with non-traditional qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be dependent on the employer’s recruitment process, and subject to passing appropriate assessment on Mathematics set by The University of Warwick. We encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications to contact us to discuss their eligibility. For any questions relating to entry requirements please contact a member of the admissions team via engadmissions@warwick.ac.uk.

BTEC:

BTEC Diploma grade D*D*, with an A grade A level Mathematics or subject to passing appropriate assessment in mathematics.

BTEC Extended Diploma grade DDD inclusing the two Mathematics units, 'Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems' and 'Further Engineering Mathematics'.

A Level: AAA

AAA grades at A level, to include Mathematics and a Physical Science. Applicants with strong profile but without A level Mathematics will be subject to passing appropriate assessment.

Where a candidate has already gained an undergraduate degree this may be offered to meet entry requirements. Please note that, due to the funded nature of a Degree Apprenticeship programme, applicants with undergraduate degrees in comparable subjects may not be eligible to be recruited.

A BEng degree requires students to be assessed on 360 credits of modules. Over the five years of the programme the module titles and their credit loadings are those listed below. 15 credit modules are for taught work that has blended teaching activities. The 30 and 60 credit modules are for project work that will be centred on integrated work based activities that you have had or will be experiencing on-the-job with your employer.


Year 1 (75 credits; five 15 credit Level 4 modules)

  • Professional Engineering Competencies
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Statics & Structures
  • Computational Modelling
  • Introduction to Business Management

Year 2 (75 credits; three 15 credit Level 4 modules and two 15 credit Level 5 modules)

  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Mathematics & Technical Computing (Level 5)
  • Structural Analysis (Level 5)
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Materials

Year 3 (75 credits; three 15 credit Level 5 modules and a 30 credit Level 6 module)

  • Structural Engineering Project (Level 6)
  • Concrete Structures
  • Steel Structures
  • Geotechnical Engineering I

 


Year 4 (75 credits; three 15 credit Level 5 modules and a 30 credit Level 6 module)

  • Infrastructure Engineeering Project (Level 6)
  • Transport Engineering
  • Water Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering II

Year 5 (60 credit Level 6 Module)

  • Integrated Project

This exact make-up of the Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship programme will be developed in partnership with your employer, and this may result in minor alterations to this structure and/or individual modules.

As an employer of company the University fees will be funded by way of the UK government's Apprenticeship Levy, and this funding will be part of your employment conditions.

As a condition of the UK government funding support on a Degree Apprenticeship programme, eligible candidates must be:

  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or other countries determined within the EEA, including those with bilateral agreements such as Switzerland, or have the Right of Abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or other countries determined within the EEA, including those with bilateral agreements such as Switzerland, for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.
  • A non-EEA citizen is eligible for funding if they have permission granted by the UK government to live in the UK, which is not for educational purposes, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning.

For the 18-19 and 19-20 intakes Warwick Univerisity will not be able to accept any students onto a degree apprenticeship course who works for a non-levy paying employer.


Essential information

Duration
BEng 5 years full time

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Paid by your employer

Other course costs
Your employer will be notified in advanced by the programme manager when there is an additional cost associated with services such as academic texts, course notes, field trips, etc.

Enquiries
For enquiries on this School of Engineering degree programme, please contact engadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk

How to apply

This information is applicable for 2018 entry.