Undergraduate study
 
 

Course overview

This degree apprenticeship is ideal if you have a job and your employer is willing to support your professional development as a civil engineer.

For apprentices studying the full programme, successful completion of this degree apprenticeship programme leads to you being awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Civil Engineering and a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering.

Your employer’s training manager will be able to tell you if this is the right route for you and if your employer is prepared to support you on this degree apprenticeship programme.

Please refer to the Civil Engineer degree apprenticeship standard for more information.

If you want to study part time and be financed by other means (self-funded or through a student loan) go to the course information page for BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering for a link to an online application form for part-time study.

Professional accreditation

The associated BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering included in the Degree Apprenticeship programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators 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 www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng.

The Joint Board of Moderators represents the following four professional bodies:
Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Structural Engineers
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
Institute of Highway Engineers

 

Course details

Achieving the formal qualifications is part of a broader audit-based end-point employer endorsement with a rigorous interview or viva. This incorporates a detailed occupational development record and a portfolio of evidence.

Course structure

HNC Civil Engineering Studies

Year 1 and Year 2 core modules

Building Technology

You gain the underpinning knowledge of construction technology. The materials and techniques used to achieve the basic principles of construction technology are constantly evolving to enable the construction industry to deliver better quality buildings. Scarcity of resources and the continuing demand of more sophisticated clients, end users and other stakeholder interests, are driving the construction industry to provide buildings which facilitate enhanced environmental and energy performance, and greater flexibility, in response to ever increasing financial, environmental, legal and economic constraints.

You are introduced to different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion, by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations when selecting the most suitable technological solution.

Civil Engineering Construction

You will begin to gain the knowledge and understanding you will need of the most common methods and resources used in major civil engineering construction activities.

Although there will be a strong theoretical underpinning to the module, there will also be considerable emphasis on making you aware of how to select appropriate methods and resources in a variety of realistic case studies.

Construction Practice and Management

You gain an overview of the industry’s size and operation of construction companies. Health and safety performance is considered and also how BIM has the potential to influence a range of construction processes and operations.

You develop an understanding of construction practice and management processes. You investigate and research the modern construction industry, both from the practical skills embedded within the industry through to its links with development on-site and the connection with construction management; including roles within the industry.

Construction Structural Mechanics

Construction, Science and Materials

This module provides you with an introduction to the scientific principles and the properties of materials needed to successfully complete the other core and specialist modules. The module has been designed to enable you to analyse, apply, investigate and evaluate scientific principles, and the properties and behaviour of materials, in construction-related situations.

Geotechnics and Site Surveying

You learn the importance of geological processes and the properties of soils and rocks in civil engineering. You perform laboratory practicals in soil and rock description and geological map interpretation.

You also explore the use of instrumentation and observation procedures used in modern engineering surveying practice. The measurement of large objects in three dimensional space using various techniques and equipment are practised and associated errors examined.

Individual Project

Mathematics for Construction

This module develops your underpinning mathematical knowledge and techniques relevant to studies in construction and civil engineering. It has been designed to enable you to develop your knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis and solution of realistic construction problems.

 

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Year 3-6 core modules

Applied Mathematical Methods

Construction Management and Employment Skills

You will gain an understanding of construction management techniques relevant to the construction industry with regards to estimating, cost and time control, quality issues and health & safety. You will also learn how these principles may be applied to the management of construction projects within project modules. Guest speakers from industry are invited to help ensure current good practice is included in the delivery of the module.

Formal lectures will be supported by student seminars/project work and online quizzes as appropriate in order to provide formative feedback. The module is assessed by one end examination.

Geotechnical Design

Geotechnical Engineering

The fundamentals of the Foundation Design process are examined, together with the various techniques used in practice. The concepts and methods are applied to a variety of foundation types. The interaction of the structural forces with the ground is considered in addition to the design of ground support and associated earthworks.

Lectures will be used to outline the concepts and techniques augmented with in class discussion/seminars of case studies. Tutorials and assignments will be used to gain skills in applying the techniques to designs. Assessment will be an end examination.

Geotechnology and Materials

This module further develops your understanding of earth materials and their impact on civil engineering. You will analyse soils and examine how they interact with structures and how they behave under load.

The module will also extend your knowledge of construction materials to include Bituminous materials, Glass, Plastics, Non-ferrous metals, Composites, Smart and Energy-saving materials. These materials will be discussed with respect to their engineering properties and selection criteria for the design and construction of civil engineering structures.

Lectures, involving practical demonstrations, will be used to outline the concepts and techniques augmented with in class discussion/seminars of case studies. Tutorials and assignments will be used to gain skills in applying the techniques to designs.

Assessment will be an in course assignment and an end examination.

Group Project - Conceptual Design Stage

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in teams in order to solve an open-ended employer relevant problem on various areas of the infrastructure required by today’s society. You develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness in order to support problem solving in a technical engineering context.

The module further helps you to develop a holistic approach to the engineering practice and become critical of the potential impacts of the design and construction of engineering artefacts. You are expected to integrate environmental, social and economic considerations, as well as health and safety concepts, in your project proposals.

It also provides an opportunity for you to apply some of the construction management principles and techniques you learn in the Construction Management module to a typical civil engineering project.

A problem based learning approach is adopted and, where appropriate, supporting lectures / seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development. You are assessed through two in-course assignments.

Group Project - Detailed Design Stage

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in teams to solve a complex, employer-relevant problem, taking into account interdisciplinary influences on the detailed civil engineering solutions to real projects. It will give you an understanding of your knowledge and limitations and the importance of developing an engineering solution within the context of wider influences and constraints on real projects using case study material. It will develop a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support complex problem solving in a technical context and enhance the awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

A problem based learning approach is adopted and where appropriate, supporting lectures/ seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development. You are assessed through one in-course assignment.

Hydraulics and Hydrology

The basic properties of water at rest and in motion are introduced and used to investigate problems related to the storage of water in bulk and to its conveyance in known quantities through pipelines, rivers and open channels. Consideration is given to the natural water cycle (hydrological cycle) and how man has interacted with it to produce the hydrosocial cycle for his own use and benefit. Rainfall is a major component of the hydrological cycle and the module gives an insight into rainfall types, rainfall losses and rainfall runoff. Water and wastewater treatment are introduced.

Module content is delivered via lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and is formally assessed using one assignment and an end examination.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

Structural Analysis and Design

This module develops your ability to analyse simple structures and produce an appropriate design.

The module will provide you with the basic analysis and design knowledge required to carry out the design of common structural elements to the appropriate British Standard Code of Practice or European Code of Practice. Real life examples will be used to gain the skills and understanding to develop effective and economic designs.

Structural Engineering and Materials

The module develops the structural engineering application of analysis and design concepts and procedures in a range of materials, providing you with the knowledge required to carry out the design of structural elements and systems with degrees of complexity normal to the industrial sector. Appropriate European and/or National Standards will be used in structural design.

Building on the detailed knowledge of construction materials developed in previous modules, you will gain an appreciation of several of the more significant recent changes in the fields of metals and alloys, concrete technology and cement-based composites. Development of new and emerging materials will be explored, including responses to concerns regarding service life-times, durability and sustainability.
The module is assessed by one in-course assessment relating to design aspects and an end examination concerning materials and analysis.

Water Engineering

Water resources management is introduced through consideration of components of natural and man-made water infrastructure.

This module deals with natural watercourses and their response to rainfall events, including flooding and flood protection/mitigation methods. It considers the concepts involved in the design and operation of elements of water supply and wastewater systems, from the estimation of water demand and the evaluation of sources of raw water, to the collection and transport of foul and storm water and their eventual discharge to natural watercourses.

Module content is delivered via lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and is formally assessed using one assignment and an end examination.


 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

As an apprentice you are entitled to at least 20% of your normal worktime for academic study.

You are expected to attend a range of lectures, small-group tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions.

Typically, you study part time on a day release basis but your programme includes elements delivered using work-based elements.

The University programmes provide a number of contact teaching and assessment hours such as lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects, exams. You are also expected to spend time on your own – self-study time – to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each unit of credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours) so if, for example, you are required to complete 60 credits in one academic year, you must spend at least 600 hours on your studies – both guided learning and self-study.

How you are assessed

Your learning involves different types of assessment including coursework assignments and exams.

Assessments include both formative and summative assignments. They test your subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition, and provide you with information that will be useful to employers.

You are provided with programme and module guides containing comprehensive information about your assessments. Assessment schedules allow you to manage your time more effectively and prepare for submission.

There are also sites available for each programme and module on our virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees.

Your learning and personal development is supported through the core skills module and work based modules.

In addition to the on-programme assessment, completion of the apprenticeship will be by end-point assessment which will look holistically at the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) developed to determine if the requirements of the Standard have been met.

Please refer to the Civil Engineer degree apprenticeship assessment plan


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Entry requirements

How to apply

Please submit your expression of interest to
stem-apprenticeships@tees.ac.uk

We will discuss with you and your employer your eligibility and then send you a link to an online application form.

Entry requirements

You must have GCSE mathematics and English at grade 4 (or equivalent).

For entry to the HNC please refer to the entry requirements for HNC Civil Engineering Studies.

If you are already qualified with an eligible HNC, please refer to the entry requirements for BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
Find out more about RPL

 

Employability

Career opportunities

Degree apprenticeships combine work with studying for a work-based higher education level qualification. All apprentices will already be in employment.

Apprentices gain technical knowledge and practical experience by combining on-the-job training with flexible study towards a higher education qualification.

What are the benefits for employers and apprentices?

  • increasing future productivity
  • keeping the business up-to-date with the latest knowledge and innovative practice
  • delivering on-the-job training to employees tailored to business needs
  • tackling skills shortages by filling higher level skill gaps
  • developing and retaining existing staff by offering support and a fresh perspective
  • improving employees’ career prospects.

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

From Sept 2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£27,000
More details about our fees

  • Length: 4-6 years (4 years by direct entry for candidates qualified to HNC level)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800
 

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