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About the course

As the south’s premier provider of part-time construction and built environment courses, Solent’s higher and degree construction apprenticeships provide a combination of education and on the job training that works for both employers and apprentices. Apprentices spend one day a week at university working towards their nominated higher or degree qualification. At the same time, apprentices will be learning specified skills and behaviours in the workplace under the guidance of a mentor.

Apprenticeship standard approved

Construction Site Engineering Technician
This higher apprenticeship is for site engineers working towards their Eng Tech membership entry point of the I.C.E. These students will study our HNC in Civil Engineering.

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You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

Apprentices learn essential interpersonal, business and project management skills – all within the context of their day-to-day work.

What does this course lead to?

Apprentices will be supported as they develop their career and prepare to take on more responsibility within the workplace. Study at HNC or degree level provides graduates with a nationally recognised university qualification. This is in addition to the apprenticeship qualification earned by successfully completing the apprenticeship.

Combined, these qualifications give construction and built environment professionals the ability to demonstrate proven competence to employers.

Who is this course for?

Which level of construction apprenticeship is studied will depend on previous industry and academic experience.

Higher construction apprenticeships are generally more suited to someone who has previously studied at Level 3 (A levels or equivalent). Degree construction apprenticeships will be more suitable for those who have already studied at Level 4 (HNC or equivalent).

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Employers will be expected to enter into a formal contract with the University and support employees fully throughout their construction apprenticeship. This includes allowing day release for the course and paying contributions towards tuition costs and professional body membership fees alongside the employee’s normal wage.

Under the August 2016 funding proposals, post levy (from May 2017) levy paying employers (businesses with an annual payroll >£3million) will be able to use funds accrued in their digital levy account for payment of the training drawn from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Non-levy paying business, or those business that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 10 per cent of the cost of the training with the government to pay the remaining 90 per cent.

Please see the relevant course pages, linked at the top of this page, for specific fee information.

An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year. As a guide, the 2016-17 fee was £168.60.

Construction apprentices are also expected to purchase sturdy work boots. These can range from £30 - £100.

Information for employers

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

    Please see the relevant course pages (linked at the top of this page) for the specific entry requirements for each course.

    In additional to the course requirements, apprentices must have:

    • employment within the appropriate industry, and
    • a signed contract/agreement from the sponsoring employer.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

If you are currently in work and are interested in undertaking a construction apprenticeship here at Solent, please speak directly with your employer to see if there is an existing agreement in place.

If you would like more general information about apprenticeships please see our apprenticeship homepage.

What you'll study

Example: HNC Architectural Technology

Year one

  • Building Technology
  • Construction Surveying
  • Construction Science and Materials

Year two

  • Principles of Business Environment
  • Principles of Construction Management
  • HNC Construction Technology Project

Example: HNC Architectural Technology

Year one

  • Principles of Construction Technology
  • Introduction to Architectural Technology
  • Science of the Built Environment

Year two

  • Architectural Technology Project
  • Management in the Built Environment
  • Principles of Business Environment

Example: HNC Quantity Surveying

Year one

  • Construction Surveying
  • Construction Science and Materials
  • Building Technology

Year two

  • Principles of Business Environment
  • Principles of Management and Quantity Surveying
  • HNC Construction Technology Project


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


Apprentices will have access to all the facilities offered to full-time students. This includes access to all construction labs and equipment relevant to your course of study, as well as general facilities like our 24-hour library, learning resource centres and student support services.

Apprentices leave the programme with a more complete understanding of the leadership roles involved in the management and execution of construction projects.

Industry links

Our close links with construction businesses both locally and nationally ensure that the academic elements of all our construction apprenticeships deliver the skills and knowledge that are in-demand in the sector today. These links also provide opportunities for apprentices to take part in guest lectures, site visits and case studies.

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