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Course Overview

The UWS Graduate Apprenticeship BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering is mostly delivered through work-based learning. Typically, you will spend one day every week at UWS. While the work and learning you do in your workplace counts towards more than three quarters of your degree, you will also be a student at the UWS Paisley Campus. All Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) degrees require that applicants are employed in a relevant role in Scotland, and they have the right to live and work in Scotland.

The course uses modern blended learning, industry-led projects, and minimal exam based assessments. It focuses on cultivating professional development skills in project management, enquiry based research, and problem based learning. During your time in UWS you will be supported by a dedicated team of lecturers, you will be assigned a dedicated personal tutor, work mentor, and link tutor who meet regularly with you on campus and in your workplace.

The BEng Civil Engineering (Graduate Apprenticeship), designed in line with Skills Development Scotland Civil Engineering framework, provides you with a broad knowledge of core Civil Engineering subjects. In addition to soft skill development, you will also be introduced to digital tools (such as Virtual /Augmented Reality, laser scanning, thermography, and drone surveying) where appropriate.

Work-based Learning

As an apprentice on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering you will be in relevant employment therefore the GA will build on your existing employability skills.

Graduate Apprentices are productive members of their companies from an early stage. Your learning will be integrated with your workplace activities and your learning and skills are applied in a professional environment right from day one. As a Graduate Apprentice you will be uniquely placed to integrate your academic skills, knowledge and practices with workplace practices.

The BEng Civil Engineering (Graduate Apprenticeship) provides a broad knowledge of core Civil Engineering subject areas so that an apprentice can contribute to planning, designing and implementing Civil Engineering projects.

The course will also equip you with soft skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity which will be emphasised throughout the delivery of the programme, and in-line with Skills Development Scotland Civil Engineering framework.

Additionally, you will learn about the practical application of digital technologies for creating efficient digital workflows & thereby enhancing construction productivity performance.

* UWS rated as top in Scotland for Civil Engineering, The Guardian University League Table 2019 

Company-based degree

work-based learning

Civil Engineering

Top in Scotland 2019*

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

To apply for a GA you must be resident in Scotland before you start. The premises you work in must also be located in Scotland. As part of your application, you will have to show that you have the right to live and work in Scotland.

GAs are open to existing employees and new recruits.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience. Experienced applicants can apply for admission based on Accreditation of Prior Learning / Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning in accordance with the University’s RPL guidelines - contact us for more information.


Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and one science subject
  • A levels: CCD (88 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and one science subject plus GSCE English and one other science subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H4 plus Maths and English
  • Foundation Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship 
  • Others: Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent to those above
  • SQA HNC-D / BTEC Level 4-5 HNC-D: Level of entry and or credit awarded being subject to the content of the programme 

Advanced entry

For Advanced Entry apprentices are required to have completed a relevant MA or have a minimum of 1 year of sector specific work experience at a level equivalent to the point of entry.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Applicants can apply for admission based on Accreditation of Prior Learning / Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning in accordance with the University’s RPL guidelines. Contact us for more information.

Course Details

This GA in Civil Engineering is a Work-based Learning course which has been developed in partnership with Industry, the education sector and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). This ensures that graduate learning is aligned to Industry needs.

This course fully embraces the principles of Work-Based Learning. It is delivered over four years and you will undertake 120 credits per year (three trimesters per year). Work-based learning and work-based assessment will form the backbone of the course.

Year 1

Introduction to Engineering Design (40 credits)
Technical Communication (20 credits)
Work Based Learning 1 (Introduction to Civil Engineering, 40 credits)
Mathematics (20 credits)

Year 2

Mathematics for design (20 credits)
Hydraulics (20 credits)
Structural design (20 credits)
Work Based Learning 2 (Digital Surveying & Sustainability, 40 credits)
Materials in Civil Engineering (20 credits)

Year 3

Work Based Learning 3 (Project Management, 40 credits)
Water Engineering (20 credits)
Structural Engineering 1 (20 credits)
Applied Soil Mechanics (20 credits)
Construction Technology (20 credits)

Year 4

Advanced Construction Materials (20 credits)
Geotechnical Engineering (20 credits)
Structural Engineering 2 (20 credits)
Construction Management (20 credits)
Work Based Learning 4 (Applied Research Project, 40 credits)

Teaching & Assessment

The programme is delivered through blended learning with the majority of the learning delivered through Work-based Learning. Students are expected to be on campus for 1 day every week during term time for facilitated workshops and practical sessions to reinforce their online e-learning and workplace experiential learning.

Assessment is through a number of methods including:

Case Studies
Field reports
Individual research
Laboratory write-ups
Multiple choice exams
Online discussion boards
Oral presentations
Practical assessments (e.g. radio broadcast, video clip, web page, app, animation, song, portfolio, etc.)
Written examinations

Find out more

For individuals and businesses who wish to find out more about the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship, please contact our team at

Fiona Kennedy
Graduate Apprenticeship Project Manager

Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Wahab
Graduate Apprenticeship Course Leader - BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences


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