Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

The Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering programme builds upon the successful full and part-time environmental civil engineering programmes that GCU has run for over 20 years.  It has been designed in collaboration with employers who are keen to fill the shortage of qualified Civil Engineers in industry, and as such is rich in work-based learning opportunities throughout the programme.

Civil Engineers help to make some of the most innovative structures in the world, creating infrastructure for transport, energy, industry and commerce.   This programme aims to provide the sector with graduates who are as comfortable with the engineering and technical aspects of the industry as they are with contracts management, planning and environmental protection.

Modules for this programme are detailed below:


BSc (Hons) Environmental Civil Engineering


Certificate LevelAward Level
Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 20
Structural Mechanics Statics and Dynamics 20
Construction Materials 20
Work Based Learning 1 20
Applied Mathematics 1 20
Diploma Level  
Construction Contracts 2 20

Structural Design and Analysis

Geotechnics 20
Design of Structures 20
Work Based Learning 2 20
Construction Process Management 1 20
BSc Environmental Engineering  
Hydraulics 20
Geotechnical Design 20

Structural Engineering

Work Based Learning 3 20

Public Health, Water & Wastewater Treatment

Composite Materials Performance 20
BSc (Hons) Environmental Civil Engineering  
Dissertation 40
Transportation 20
Water Resource Management 20
Advanced Structural Engineering 20
Waste Management & Contaminated Land 20


Typical entry requirements to the Graduate Apprenticeship BSc Environmental Civil Engineering are:

Year 1:

  • SQA Higher: ABBB including Maths, Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science at B
  • A level: BBC including Physics and Maths
  • Irish LC: ABBB at HL
  • International BACC: 24 points

Year 2: 

  • HND Civil Engineering with a B in the Graded Unit/s.


For entry to the GA programme, the Admissions Tutor would take account of the University Guidelines for flexible entry. Normally the following would be required:

  • Maths or physics at Higher level
  • HNC or HND or equivalent
  • Not less than 3 years Industrial experience
  • Employment in an appropriate role in a recognised organisation.

Annually, the Programme Board also considers competitive entry requirements based on Skills Development Scotland funded places and employer demand.