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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering within our Professional Construction Academy allows you to gain the technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with the functional and personal skills, required for your immediate job and future career.

You will gain these skills through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in a real work context.

This Advanced Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering follows a pattern of vocational training to meet the requirements of an approved apprenticeship standard.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a Professional Construction career role. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths (grade 5 or above), and Science. The grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths.
  • Or an Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard plus GCSE English and Maths (grade 5 or above). The grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths.

The Maths is a critical element of this programme and is embedded in many of the units taken. Those accepted on the course with grade 5 (C), who have not undertaken the higher tier GCSE maths paper, are strongly advised to self-study and understand the higher tier GCSE paper content prior to starting.

Course Content

You will study:

  • A Level 3 Apprentice Standard (work based)
    • Civil Engineering Technician
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Sustainable Construction
    • Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering
    • Construction in Civil Engineering
    • Graphical Detailing in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering
    • Structural Mechanics in Construction and Civil Engineering
    • Computer Aided Drafting and Design for Construction
    • Further Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Personal and Professional Development in the Built Environment

How will I be assessed?

The programme uses various assessment methods.

The Level 3 BTEC includes written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests along with other methods. Unlike many other programmes at this level, the course utilises ‘problem-based learning’ teaching methods which create a student-focused learning environment.

As part of your work-based apprenticeship standard, you will also be assessed via observations, practical ability, witness testimonies and off-site competencies within the workplace. In addition, there will be a final ‘end point assessment’ which shows you are capable within your industry role.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be provided with an equipment list during induction, which will include ‘technical drawing equipment’. The purchase of appropriate books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists.

You will also be required to wear appropriate clothing (dress code) which will be suitable for general industry office wear. This will be smart trousers/skirt, shoes and smart shirt/blouse/dress. Alternatively, you could wear a company uniform if you have one (depending on the employer) Jeans, tracksuits, trainers etc. and other casual wear are not permitted.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to a Higher Level Apprenticeship, HNC or Foundation Degree or to any further specific training as required by your employer.  Ultimately you can take your studies to degree level and beyond and to become a professionally qualified Civil Engineer and member of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) or Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

This programme can pave the way for rewarding careers in Civil Engineering. Alternatively, you could go on to study other subjects at university such as Geology or Geography.

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Emily Sheldon

Emily Sheldon

Course builds workplace confidence for construction student Emily

Distance learning student Emily Sheldon is using her Derby College course to gain vital skills and confidence as she builds her career in construction. A technical co-ordinator with Heage-based Keyclad, Emily is embarking on year two of her Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.  She gained distinctions for her first year studies. She said the course had already given her a much broader knowledge of the construction industry, legal issues, and how structures “grow from the ground up.” Emily - who started as a temp - said her increased skill-set was already benefitting her boss, and the company, as she takes on more responsibility while she works towards her long-term aim of moving into design management.

Everytime I sit down and learn something, I can use it the next day at work. It’s all that instant. I can do my job with much more confidence.


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