BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship Civil Engineering (Environmental Civil Engineering)

As a working professional, enhance your qualifications and knowledge and support your career growth to become a civil engineer.

The purpose of the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Environmental Civil Engineering) Graduate Apprenticeship is to produce multi-disciplinary graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in any area of the civil engineering profession, either as a designer, contractor, consultant or water professional. 

The Apprenticeship develops your skills and experience in the civil engineering disciplines of structures, construction materials, geotechnics and water resource management. It has been developed in partnership with employers to ensure it meets industry needs. This is reinforced through significant formal integration of work based learning. Employers appreciate the hands-on approach that our graduates take and their enthusiasm for their studies and chosen area of expertise. Glasgow Caledonian University’s common good principles and values are instilled in the course so apprentices are focused on sustainable development at all stages of their learning.

Upon graduation you will be able to gain the qualification of IEng with the qualifying bodies that make up the Joint Board of Moderators(JBM – ICE, IStructE, IHE and IHT).

From a human capital and talent management perspective an employer may either upskill current employees and/or recruit new talent into the business and support them through the Graduate Apprenticeship course. Most employers use both models to increase their skills pipeline within the business.

All programmes are fully-funded by Skills Development Scotland; skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience of current employees will all be used to inform at which level of the programme candidates will commence their education.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date




BSc (Hons)
Blended Learning
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Blended Learning 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Standard entry

For new employees applying directly from school:

SQA Highers: ABBB including Maths, Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science at B.

Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For applicants with prior work experience and professional qualifications, there is a possibility to be considered through the University’s flexible entry system through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This process allows prospective graduate apprentices to claim credit(s) against previously assessed and certificated learning, including informal learning, to be considered and recognised for academic purposes and credit within their course.

Additional requirements

Candidates must be employed in the same field as the course of study and must supply a supporting letter from their employer as part of the admissions process.

Graduates may embark on a range of career pathways including contracting, consultancy and design, with specialism in any of the core areas of structures, geotechnics or water resource management. This can involve using these skills in the development of transportation networks, commercial and residential development, industrial installations, public buildings, bridges, airports and utilities infrastructure such as water and wastewater treatment plants and flood mitigation systems.

This course commences with a two-day induction followed by attendance one day a week. This breaks down into:

Trimester A

12 days’ attendance (mid-September to mid-December)

Trimester B

12 days’ attendance (mid-January to mid-April). Exams in May

Trimester C

Attendance for the work based project

Year 1 

Exit award: Certificate of Higher Education level

Property Economics, Construction Technology 1, Professional Orientation and Practice, Construction Materials, Construction Contracts 1, Work Based Learning 1


Year 2

Exit award: Diploma of Higher Education level

Construction Technology 2, Construction Process Management 1, Measurement 1, Construction Contracts 2, Construction Development and Economics, Work Based Learning 2


Level 3

Exit award: BSc Construction and the Built Environment – Quantity Surveying (Degree Level)

Construction Cost Studies, Measurement 2, Construction Technology 3, Estimating, Contemporary QS Practice, Work Based Learning 3


Level 4

Exit award: BSc (Hons) BSc Construction and the Built Environment – Quantity Surveying

Dissertation, Project Management, Construction Contracts 3, Value and Risk Appraisal. Optional additional modules: Dispute Resolution, Construction and Project Commercial Management, Negotiation. 


Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

This Graduate Apprenticeship provides a career-orientated learning experience from a school that is an approved provider of professional certification for, amongst others Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle and 7Safe.

You will have access to the best suite of network and security engineering labs in Scotland, and possibly the UK, providing an unmatched hands-on learning experience.

Graduate Apprenticeships are co-designed by GCU and industry partners. GCU invites a diverse range of guest lecturers - dependent on relevant subject areas, current industry news and course needs - to share their expertise in every subject area.

The Apprenticeship is delivered via blended learning (online and face to face). All reading material, tutor discussions, assignment setting, marking and feedback, timelines and key dates are located in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) GCU Learn. Through a one password access logon for the VLE, students also access the University’s library.