Construction and the Built Environment

Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Construction and the Built Environment

Graduate Apprenticeships are an innovative route to a degree qualification blending academic study with work-based learning, supported by the student’s employer. The Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Construction and the Built Environment provides a range of practical skills for managing construction projects, integrating theory and practice from the outset.

Students will have opportunities to be involved in assessing commercial viability, providing innovative construction solutions, planning and controlling projects, managing resources efficiently and evaluating performance. Students develop knowledge, and skills for application in the management of construction, through its lifecycle, in the built environment. The course offers a blend of built environment subjects including building design and technology, construction project management, and commercial management to enable students to offer innovative and effective design and construction solutions for the public and private sectors.

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This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

4 years

Year 1

You will be introduced to the construction industry, the environment in which it exists, the technology involved, the systems and processes which operate within it and the basic skills required by construction professionals. Particular reference to the different types of buildings and the factors affecting their design and technologies used to construct them as well as the requirements to manage projects through the different phases is underpinned at this stage.

Year 2

You will develop an understanding of the different working legal, contractual and financial relations that may govern a construction project. You will gain fundamental skills and the ability to employ techniques required to plan a construction project from inception to completion. You will develop an appreciation of the technology involved in moderately complex buildings and the application of all the above to an integrated project.

Year 3

You will continue to update your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of both traditional and contemporary buildings and building decay/ deterioration. Your understanding of general management techniques and their application in communicating and motivating an interdisciplinary team to bring about the successful completion of a project will be established.

Year 4

To promote the ability to undertake advanced study in construction with a proper concern for scholarship and rigour, half the credits for the final year are spent on a dedicated integrated project delivery using the skills in all previous years. You will also undertake critical investigation using appropriate research methods and independent, self-directed skills.



The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

The four-year Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Construction and the Built Environment course is an industry-focused degree route, where students work full-time for a partner employer while studying towards a fully accredited degree. The apprenticeship combines workplace training with a programme of education designed to meet students’ career ambitions. The core curriculum is focused on participation and proactivity to work-based learning developed through ongoing collaboration between RGU staff, workplace mentors, and line managers in the workplace. The course will utilise the technology investment that the University has made in lecture capture and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) delivery providing the student with a cutting edge learning experience.

Activity Summary

This is a work-based learning course delivered via a combination of practical learning activities in the workplace complemented by learning delivered online through our virtual learning environment (VLE) and including one on campus session per module of study.

Per module, students can expect:

  • Contact hours - 30 hours, 3 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 30 hours, 3 hours per week
  • Work Based Learning - 240 hours, 20 hours per week 

Independent Study

The majority of the learning will be taking place at work and as you progress from Year 1 – 4, the level of independent learning increases significantly within specialist areas of the course. You are expected to have the confidence to apply your knowledge to more complex contexts and work on your own initiative as you progress towards graduation.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The course will be delivered as part of the School's extensive suite within the built environment undergraduate programme. These courses are delivered by staff from a range of professional backgrounds including specialists in construction processes and management, architects, architectural technologists, building/quantity surveyors, and environmental/structural engineers.

Employers assign a Workplace Mentor whose role will be to oversee the work-based learning undertaken by the student. In addition to mentoring support for students, supplementary support may be provided by the employer, for example when subject matter experts are brought in to provide specific business or technical expertise or through access to other departments within the organisation.  This ensures that the curriculum is fully covered as the student progresses in their studies.

During the first year of study, access is provided to a dedicated Graduate Apprenticeship Success Coach to help make the most of all learning opportunities.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 4 written assignments, including essays

Year 2

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 project output

Year 3

  • 4 written assignments, including essays

Year 4

  • 1 written assignment
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 project output


We aim to provide feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



Students will be in full-time employment throughout the duration of the course, therefore extensive use is made of work-based learning.

Job Prospects

Students joining the Graduate Apprenticeship course in Construction and the Built Environment will already be employed. Students may range from new entrants to the industry to mature experienced individuals interested in formalising their experience. The career progression options may include graduate construction manager, contract manager, project manager, health and safety officer, and risk manager.


Employment: All applicants must be employed full-time in a role related to the course of study, must have the right to live and work in Scotland and be working in Scotland. The employer must commit to providing a suitable workplace environment and to offering guidance and mentoring support to the apprentice. In addition, the company must be willing to partner with the university via a Collaboration Agreement to create a setting in which the student will be able to achieve the required experience and learning outcomes.

SQA Higher:  BBBC 

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications or work experience which equip them with an equivalent starting point for the course. For those applicants who do not meet our Standard Course Entry Requirements, applications may be considered from those who possess one years’ relevant work experience and where the applicant has demonstrated the development of key skills evidenced through a detailed CV. Applications from students with non- standard qualifications (including Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, SVQs/NVQs and access programmes) or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced Entry

Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced (or flexible) entry will be considered on an individual basis. Attention is drawn to the university's process for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • £1,820 per academic year

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • £1,820 per academic year

Additional Costs

Graduate Apprenticeship courses include an on-campus induction, together with one on-campus day per module, therefore employers supporting Graduate Apprenticeship students need to plan for this time away from the workplace together with any associated travel and accommodation costs.

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Graduate Apprenticeship courses include an on-campus induction, together with one or two on-campus day(s) per module, therefore employers supporting Graduate Apprenticeship students need to plan for this time away from the workplace together with any associated travel and accommodation costs.

Student Funding

Subject to meeting course entry and employer eligibility criteria, a number of fully-funded places are available for this course. 

Students should apply to SAAS to have their tuition fees paid:

As a paid employee, apprentices would not be eligible for other SAAS funding such as bursaries and student loans.  

Find out more information about funding and other frequently asked questions: 


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Graduate Apprenticeship team and they'll do their best to help.

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