With a Graduate Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment, you’ll build a career in a sector bursting with new opportunities. We've worked with employers, college and universities in the construction industry to create this qualification. This means you'll be gaining the skills, knowledge and understanding that the industry expects from a graduate.

What's the qualification?

You'll gain a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 10 entitled:

Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc or BEng (Hons) Construction and the Built Environment

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

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

  • Project and delivery management including the knowledge and competences necessary to begin practice as a professional in the construction and the built environment sector
  • Competence in the valuation of land and property (applies to those within the land and property sector)
  • Understanding of appropriate solutions around the principles of design and technology
  • Understanding and applying relevant laws – describe standards, regulations and their consequences across the sector
  • Knowledge of business management concepts such as data management, business finance and business strategies
  • The ability to confidently work both as an individual and part of a team to develop and deliver solutions within construction and the built environment
  • Understanding the importance of applying negotiation, effective work habits, leadership, and good communication with stakeholders
  • The ability to take responsibility for obligations for health, safety, welfare environment and quality issues
  • Maintaining a commitment to a high level of professional and ethical conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the wider environment

Course content

The key content areas which make up the Construction and the Built Environment Graduate Level Apprenticeship:

  • Design and technology
  • Business management
  • Project and delivery management
  • Professional practice
  • Personal and interpersonal

Where could it take me?

You could find employment in areas like:

  • Architectural technology
  • Building surveying
  • Construction buying and procurement
  • Construction management
  • Estimating and tendering
  • Facilities management
  • Planning and development
  • Programming
  • Project management
  • Property surveying
  • Rural surveying
  • Valuation
  • Quantity surveying

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will vary by course and institution. Vacancy advertisements provide specific information on the qualifications required by the delivery institution for each GA. Alternatively, you can contact a university / college directly for guidance on entry requirements.


A GA at SCQF level 10 (honours degree level) will take up to four years to complete. A GA at SCQF level 8 or 9 (high apprenticeship) and SCQF level 11 (professional body qualification) will take up to two years to complete.

Some individuals may complete the GA in a shorter period of time because the format means they can attend university or college outwith traditional term times.

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