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Civil Engineer (Civil Engineering) Degree Apprenticeship

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Civil Engineering

Fees/Funding: The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the Government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required.

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

The degree apprenticeship is a 5 year part-time programme (assuming the apprentice has relevant experience upon application)

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers) as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
  • The Degree Apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minmum of 3 years work experience upon graduation.
  • With the Degree Apprenticeship, your employer and/or the Government will pay your tuition fees and you will be earning a salary.
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

Civil engineering is all about creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live. It provides the facilities for day-to-day life, and for transport and industry to go about its work. Infrastructure is the thing that supports our daily life - roads and harbours, railways and airports,  hospitals, sports stadiums and schools, access to drinking water and shelter from the weather. Infrastructure adds to our quality of life, and because it works, we take it for granted. Only when parts of it fail, or are taken away, do we realise its value.

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components.

Course Details

The programme is composed of 6 modules per year which are designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM). Alongside five of these modules you will complete an integrated design exercise which blends the learning and skills from each module to the application of a client brief.

Course Structure

An understanding and ability to use mathematics are essential skills for success in engineering. This module will review and expand on the following subjects: algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus, with emphasis on their applications to engineering.
Civil engineering employs the use of a wide range of materials, in this module you will develop your understanding of those materials and study their fundamental behaviour. Subjects include construction materials, geology, soil mechanics and laboratory testing.
You will develop an ability to analyses statically determinate structures and design simple structural steel work elements in this module. The module content is split into analysis and design. Analysis includes the subjects rigid body statics, material properties and Euler theory. Design subjects include design of structural steelwork elements in simple construction, and fire and corrosion protection systems for structural steelwork.
There are a broad spectrum of elements involved with civil engineering construction. This module will develop your understanding of those elements from tunnels to contract law. Subjects include site safety, demolition works, sustainability, resource efficiency, consulting engineers and contractors, client's requirement and financial planning and control.
In this module you will develop your understanding and ability to undertake a range of civil engineering surveying tasks, such as setting out, land surveying and quantity surveying. The main subject areas are land surveying techniques, setting out techniques, modern surveying techniques and quantity surveying. You will cover subjects and learn techniques such as setting up a level, theodolite and total station, construction lasers, GPS, EDM, co-ordinates, bearings and contract pricing.
As a successful civil engineer it is important to have a wide range of well developed communications skills allowing you to communicate effectively not only with other engineers but also clients, contractors and labourers. This module will develop your drawing, written reports, presentations and specification        writing.
This module will build on the engineering mathematics module in year 1 and develop more advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis, to enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.
All structures are dependent on the ground they're built on, in this module you will be introduced to the principles of soil mechanics including the general behaviour of different soil types under loading and unloading conditions and how this behaviour may be predicted. Subjects include geotechnical   investigation, soil strength and transient groundwater flow.
This module builds on your knowledge from year 1 and will develop your ability to analyse statically indeterminate structures and design simple reinforced concrete and masonry, structural elements. Subjects include stability of struts and frames, virtual work for statically indeterminate frameworks, detailing of reinforced concrete connections and bar bending schedules and design of freestanding masonry walls and panels.
Project planning and execution are a vital part of the role of a civil engineer. In this module you practice these skills, culminating in a residential field course which will see you working in a team to construct structures from bridges to oil rigs.
Our highways are crucial to our lives, whether that be economic or recreational. In this module you will learn the principles which underlie current UK practice in highway design and construction and analysis, including the application of statistical techniques to transport engineering problems.
You will develop an understanding of civil engineering hydraulics concentrating on flow in pipelines. The subjects covered include fluid properties, hydrostatics, fluid dynamics, flow in pipes, Reynolds experiments, pipe systems and networks, and water distribution systems.
One of the most important parts of your preparation for your future career, whether in industry or research, is the undertaking of an individual project. Projects are based on particular civil engineering themes of industrial relevance.
In this module you will learn to develop approaches to the design and analysis of soil slopes and foundations. The subjects include stability of embankments, stability of earth dams, stability of shallow foundations on fine and coarse grained soils, design based on in situ tests and stability of deep foundations in fine and coarse grained soils.
This module will further develop your ability to analyse statically indeterminate structures and design complex structures. Subjects include moment distribution with sway, plastic section properties, Hillerborg strip methods, design of reinforced and prestressed concrete and design of steel portal frames and moment connections.
This module will introduce stiffness and finite element analysis as applied to civil engineering structures, and the fundamentals of seismic analysis and the effects of earthquake activity on the design of ground slopes, earth dams, foundations and structures.
You will develop the ability to identify and deal with environmental issues relating to civil engineering, through a series of case studies. The subjects include environmental risks associated with ground engineering and water resources, transport and the environment, landscape, heritage, and biodiversity impacts, and engineering solutions.
This module will develop your understanding of sediment transport, wave theory, pressure transients in closed systems and hydrological science. The subjects covered include surface water hydrology, open channel flow, steady non-uniform flow, hydraulic structures, water waves, and hydraulic models.

Every year involves modules which address the JBM themes of design, sustainability, health and safety risk management and creativity. Some of the principle modules are structures, materials, soil mechanics, surveying, transport design, design and construction management, water resources and environmental engineering. 

Every apprentice must complete an individual project at level 6 (final year). Employers are expected to provide topics, in collaboration with their apprentices, which will be of commercial use and require research and development.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 104-112 UCAS points
GCE A level 104 - 112 points including Mathematics at grade C.(Numerate Science at grade C’). A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma MMD, must include Distinction in maths modules.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

Unfortunately we are not able to recruit international students onto our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programmes. We do however accept international qualifications.

Applicant profile

We are looking for students who have a keen desire to follow a career in Civil Engineering. Good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic are desirable. You should have a good understanding of linking theory to real life applications and an attention to detail.

Teaching

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The university – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The university and employer work closely with each other to:

(1) Assure that knowledge gained on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace.

(2) To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by the apprentice.

Assessment

Progress meetings will be held once every three months, where the university employer link tutor and employer supervisor will meet with the apprentice to review progress made and assess the evidence contained in the apprentice’s learning log book and CPD diary.

Assessments for the apprenticeship will be identical to those undertaken by traditional students. Every module includes a year long design exercise. Additionally each module is assessed by either an examination or a portfolio of coursework. 

There will also be an end point assessment which will take the form of a professional review.

Employability

In order to undertake this degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. In order to search for degree apprenticeship roles with local employers, please see www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Delivery

The apprenticeship will be delivered on a day-release basis with learning materials also available on the University's virtual learning environment. 

Apprenticeship Funding 

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.

The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.

There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 90% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 10%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Chartered Surveyor standard has been allocated the following funding band:

Funding band: 15
Funding band maximum: £27,000

Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-changes

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