Incorporating professional development in the workplace alongside academic study, this programme provides apprentices with the opportunity to achieve a BEng award in Civil Engineering whilst developing valuable professional skills and workplace experience.
Apprentices will spend one day per week engaging with the university during term time by attendance of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and completion of coursework which will fulfil the module criteria.
With support from the employer, apprentices are required to spend 20% of paid working hours on studies and be able to evidence this. This is a statutory requirement for apprenticeships and the funding is conditional on this being met. Off-the-job learning includes activities which have not previously been a part of the role or furthers apprentices development into new areas.
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Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall at Access to HE Diploma. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above. Must achieve maths level 3 units at distinction.
Applicants may be entitled to exemptions if they have completed
- An accredited Higher National Certificate (HNC) in civil engineering or equivalent with a suitable mathematics qualification
- Level 3 Apprenticeship in civil engineering technician
- Accredited Foundation Degree or High National Diploma (HND) in civil engineering, or equivalent with a suitable mathematics qualification
Teaching and assessment
A broad range of teaching methods are used to meet the intellectual, academic and professional objectives of the programme whilst remaining inclusive to apprentices needs.
Apprentices learn through lectures; tutorials; seminars; case studies; laboratory and practical classes; fieldwork; flipped learning; IT projects; workshops and group projects. The multifaceted aspects of the application of engineering, information, information technology and computing are a continuing theme throughout the programme.
Apprentices are encouraged and supported to achieve their learning potential and develop their confidence through tutor-led and work-based learning. Towards the later stages of the programme, learning becomes apprentice-centred with a greater choice of optional modules.
Assessment is seen as an integral part of the system of teaching and learning strategies for the programme. Its aims are to foster, develop and test knowledge, skills, understanding and personal qualities as they may apply in the content of an engineer. Methods used include:
- exams, including open book, and seen and unseen papers
- individual and group project work
- laboratory and field reports
Employer and apprentice commitments
In order to deliver the programme, the employer undertakes to:
- conduct a workplace induction and set out a contract of employment
- provide a workplace mentor to supervise and monitor the progress of the apprentice
- release apprentice for scheduled off-the-job training
- ensure apprentices have continued protected time outside of term for off-the-job training
- provide opportunities in the workplace to meet work-based learning requirements.
Throughout the programme, apprentices will:
- attend the workplace for the agreed pattern as set out in the employment contract
- record all training sessions and off-the-job learning
- attend scheduled university learning sessions and complete all assessments as required by the university and End Point Assessment Organisation
- behave in a safe and responsible manner at the workplace and university
- engage with regular progress reviews
- complete, throughout the apprenticeship, a professional development portfolio.
Fees and funding information for apprentices
As an apprentice the cost of your learning programme is covered by your employer through their Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account.
Higher and degree level apprentices are not eligible for any element of student finance. This is because they receive a salary instead of the student loan package. However, if you are experiencing any financial difficulties, please contact the Student Advice Service on 01273 642 888.
Apprentices studying at Higher and degree level may be able to access funding in relation to additional support but this is available through the university and not Disabled Students Allowance. Apprentices may also be able to apply for Access to Work funding for work-based equipment and software. Please contact the Disability and Dyslexia team on 01273 643 799.
Living costs and benefits
Higher and degree level apprentices must fulfil the standard eligibility criteria in order to apply for means tested benefits such as Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. If you have any questions about entitlement to benefits, please contact the Student Advice Service on 01273 643888.
Higher and degree level apprentices who are undertaking a full-time mode of study can be treated as being exempt from paying Council Tax. Although some programmes require study on a day-release arrangement, this can still be classed as full-time study. You will need to obtain a letter from the Student Information Desk at any campus and send this to your Council Tax department when you enrol on the programme.
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