What's Civil Engineering like?

With a Graduate Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering, you’ll build a career in a key growth sector.

We've worked with colleges, universities and industry employers to create this qualification. You'll gain the skills and knowledge that the industry expects from a graduate - and earn yourself a degree.

What's the qualification?

You'll gain a Graduate Apprenticeship, with a BSc or BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering at SCQF Level 10.

SCQF qualfication levels explained

What will I learn?

A Graduate Apprenticeship is about much more than getting a degree. Because it’s work-based, you’ll also gain a range of useful experience and skills such as:

  • working in a safe and sustainable way
  • using appropriate techniques, procedures and technology
  • using theoretical knowledge and understanding of key concepts and materials
  • scientific and mathematical knowledge and understanding
  • using digital platforms
  • designing and evaluating civil engineering solutions
  • planning and managing projects
  • complying with professional standards
  • being aware of sustainability and environmental laws, innovation and best practice

Course content

The key content areas which make up the Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship are:

  • Civil engineering practice
  • Civil engineering design, analysis, specification and maintenance
  • Project management
  • Professional practice
  • Interpersonal skills

Where could it take me?

You could find employment in roles such as:

  • civil engineer
  • project manager
  • asset manager
  • engineer

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Graduate Apprenticeships vary by course and institution.

Each vacancy advert tells you what qualifications you need to start the apprenticeship. Or you can contact the university or college for guidance on entry requirements.


A Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 10 (honours degree level) will take up to 4 years to complete.

Or it'll take up to 2 years at:

  • SCQF Level 8 or 9 (high apprenticeship) or
  • SCQF Level 11 (professional body qualification)

You might complete the apprenticeship in a shorter time. That's because the format means you can attend university or college outwith term times.

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