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Civil Engineering Senior Technician* Degree Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship develops learners’ technical knowledge and skills, underpinned by scientific principles and theories, enabling them to undertake and deliver civil engineering solutions.


Professional apprenticeship
Linked Level 4 University award: HNC Civil Engineering


Course overview

The apprentice must be employed in a relevant role and you as the employer must be willing to support their professional development.

This degree apprenticeship is based on the civil engineering senior technician apprenticeship standard.

Upon completion, the apprentice will be awarded a HNC in Civil Engineering.

If the learner wants to study part time and be financed by other means (self-funded or through a student loan) go to the course information page for HNC Civil Engineering to apply.

Please note, we can only respond to enquiries from employers, or individuals with agreement from their employer to undertake an apprenticeship.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Building Technology (HN)

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 Technology (HN)

You explore the role of professional civil engineers, their essential involvement in the construction and maintenance of earthwork and substructure activities, and the key technologies they apply.

You cover: earthwork activities, temporary and permanent dewatering procedures, methods and techniques used to create substructures and the common hazards, technical problems and solutions associated with modern civil engineering activities. The impact of earthworks on superstructures and infrastructure is also explored. Principles of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) are also examined and design principles of infiltration systems introduced.

Although there is a strong theoretical underpinning there is also considerable emphasis on enabling you to become aware of the processes of selection of appropriate methods and resources utilising realistic case studies.

Construction Science and Materials (HN)

You develop basic knowledge of the properties of materials needed to successfully complete the other core and specialist modules. You analyse, apply, investigate and evaluate scientific principles and the properties and behaviour of materials in construction related situations. It is contextualised for construction, civil engineering or building services engineering and the delivery and assessment is tailored to your particular vocational needs.

Mathematics for Construction (HN)

This module develops your underpinning mathematical knowledge and techniques relevant to studies in construction and civil engineering. You are introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within a construction engineering context. 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.


Year 2 core modules

Construction Practice and Management (HN)

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 (HN)

You are introduced to common types of structure used in engineering and assess the types of loads they must resist. You are provided with the analytical skills necessary to design the components that make up the structure. Specific areas of study includes basic concept of force, stress and strain, properties of materials and sections, analysis of frames, beams and columns, equilibrium conditions and statically determinacy, beam bending moment, shear force and deflection. 

Geotechnics and Site Surveying (HN)

You gain an introduction to 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

Individual Project (HN)

You apply the skills and knowledge that you developed in other modules of the course (and where possible experiences from work) within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists. 

You develop your ability to identify, define, plan, develop and execute a successful project by working through a clear process. You develop a project brief, outlining a problem that requires a solution, as well as a project specification, the specific requirements of which the final outcome must meet.

You research the problem, undertaking a feasibility study, and consider a range of potential solutions using critical analysis and evaluation techniques to test, select and contextualise your preferred solution. You also provide a work and time management plan, keeping a diary of all activities, reflecting on their process and their learning throughout the project.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The apprenticeship includes work-based elements and blended (on campus and online) learning.

Attendance is typically one day a week on campus. Online learning, particularly for project supervision, may be real-time or recorded. Real-time is preferred but recordings provided added flexibility for apprentices who may occasionally need to manage work commitments.

The University programmes provide a number of contact teaching and assessment hours, such as lectures, tutorials, lab work, projects and exams, but the apprentice is also expected to engage in self-study time. They should review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

How you are assessed

Coursework is submitted online, and apprentices are assessed for some modules through online tests, blogs, journals and portfolios to support blended learning.

Completion of the apprenticeship is by End Point Assessment which looks at the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) developed to determine if the requirements of the Standard have been met.

Please refer to the Civil Engineering senior technician apprenticeship assessment plan

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be accepted on to a degree apprenticeship course you must have support from your employer and meet the course entry requirements.

Eligible level 2 qualifications in English and maths.

64 points, including maths, from any combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications including A-level, BTEC, Access to HE Diploma, Scottish and Irish Highers, T-Level, or the International Baccalaureate. We accept T-Levels which include Level 3 maths and cover topics in calculus.

Expressions of interest should be submitted to

We will discuss this and their eligibility, with the apprentice and you as an employer and then send a link through to an online application form.

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.
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Career opportunities

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

Benefits for employers and apprentices include:

  • increased productivity
  • keeping the business up-to-date with the latest knowledge and practice
  • 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.


Professional apprenticeship

An apprenticeship combines vocational work-based learning with study for a university degree. Designed in partnership with employers, apprenticeships offer it all - a higher education qualification, a salary, and invaluable practical experience and employment skills.

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  • Not available full-time


2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants

More details about our fees

  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Day release
  • Start date: September

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