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Civil Engineering - Apprenticeship Level 3

Start Date: 2nd September 2024
Code: PWFM01752


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
End date: 18th June 2026

Attendance at an information session is required.

Course fee: FREE (Eligibility criteria may apply)

What is an Apprenticeship?

As an apprenticeship you are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer three to four days a week. One or two days a week is spent at college, studying for nationally-recognised qualifications in the same profession as the apprenticeship.

  • You must find your own employer.
  • Some employers may require GCSEs on entry.
  • It might be possible to do an apprenticeship with a current employer.
  • You work all year round, but your College classes run from September to July.

Employers pay for the day the apprentice is in college, meaning you will receive a full-time wage at least  in accordance with the national minimum wage

Details and restrictions

  • Apprentices must be aged 16 or above. There is no upper age limit, which means you can start an apprenticeship at any stage of your career.
  • Potential apprentices can be existing or new employees including graduates or about to take up a permanent paid employment offer. An existing employee must be in a new job that requires a substantial amount of learning and skills development.  You must be employed by a company that has a base in Northern Ireland and is registered as an employer with HMRC and be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week with one employer.

Course Content

The programme is delivered over an average of one day per week in college where you will complete the vocational qualification. As part of your apprenticeship, you will also complete the competency-based qualification with a portfolio of evidence and onsite assessment.

Modules on the Pearson BTEC National Diploma in Civil Engineering qualification include:

  • Construction Principles
  • Construction Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction
  • Management of a Construction Project
  • Site Engineering for Construction
  • Further Mathematics for Construction
  • Construction in Civil Engineering
  • Principles and Application of Structural Mechanics

Course Aims

To provide apprentices with a recognised qualification in Civil Engineering which they can complete alongside their role within the industry with a progression route to degree and Chartered membership through the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Assessment Methods

Assessment is continuous and based on work realistic projects. Assessment includes a combination of portfolios, coursework and two examinations.


Calling All SMEs

If you have less than 250 employees you may be eligible for funding for this course.  Contact our Business Engagement Team.

A minimum of 5 GCSEs of grade C or above, to include English and a minimum grade B in Mathematics or equivalent.

Suitable employment within the construction and civil engineering industry.  Contact the college for a list of employers who are currently interested in recruiting apprentice Civil Engineers

All relevant paperwork should be uploaded to the admissions portal prior to being considered for an apprenticeship, this should include your:

  • Employer response form
  • Vision verification form (Electrical Installation only)
  • One form of official photographic ID
  • Official proof of your National Insurance number eg Letter from HMRC

To access the forms and for further details visit our Apprenticeship page 

On completion of the apprenticeship programme, you will have achieved both the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (Institute of Civil Engineers) and Pearson BTEC National Diploma in Civil Engineering

Completion of the programme enables you to be professionally recognised as an Engineering Technician with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).  Students may progress to higher education to complete a Foundation Degree, Higher Level Apprenticeship or full time employment. 

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Essential Skills

All full-time students at Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and ICT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST complete Essential Skills; this will form a compulsory part of your timetable. If you are planning to go on to further study (for example university), please check if a GCSE qualification (rather than Essential Skills Level 2 equivalent) is required. For those who have a GCSE grade D in Maths or English, we offer a GCSE fast-track course.

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