Geotechnical Engineering Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship

Start date
Part-time. 30 months on the programme and 9 months for End Point Assessment.
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

The Degree Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

The University of Birmingham is one of the UK’s leading centres for research, education, and professional development in geotechnical engineering. We deliver world-class research and teaching from our cutting-edge facilities, including the new National Buried Infrastructure Facility, allowing us to continue to expand our portfolio of high-quality education programmes.

Our close relationship with all branches of the geotechnical engineering community ensures that our research and teaching draws on and utilises real-world solutions to solve complex geotechnical engineering problems.

The Geotechnical Engineer Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship provides apprentices with a broad understanding of how to model and analyse the ground in relation to natural and engineering processes. The apprenticeship focuses on essential aspects of the subject, such as: physical, chemical and mechanical properties of soils and rocks; ground investigation; field and laboratory testing; engineering geology and site investigation; analysis, design and construction of foundations, retaining walls, tunnels, embankments and slopes including methods of ground reinforcement and improvement. 

Importantly, the apprenticeship also provides learners with a deep and robust understanding of pioneering approaches to managing geotechnical works and the risks associated with these. Through this, learners will develop the key skills required to become a successful geotechnical engineer in the workplace.

Why study this course?

  • The apprenticeship is designed to meet the ever-changing environment faced by geotechnical engineers, underpinned by excellence in research and strong links into industry, and enhances both technical and managerial skills of participants.
  • A three-year part-time programme that combines postgraduate level study alongside development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for success in the workplace.
  • Flexible mode of delivery to suit both learner and employer needs through a blend of online and on-campus delivery.
  • Equips participants with the ability to plan and direct ground investigations and laboratory testing, providing the basis for interpreting results and proposing the optimum methods of design and construction.
  • Training is delivered in our new state-of-the-art School of Engineering building, which includes a fully-equipped Design Centre, 160 drop-in study spaces across five floors and expansive computer labs providing flexible learning opportunities.
  • Fully levy-funding compliant with advice and guidance from our Apprenticeships team.

Accredited degree

This degree programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council, as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).


Each module takes place over an intensive four week-long block and comprises classroom lectures, tutorials, team exercises, visit and assignments to embed and draw each element of the subject together.


  • Ground Investigation
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Asset (creation and management)
  • Analytical Approaches in Geotechnics
  • Numerical Approaches and Design in Geotechnics
  • Professional Skills for Geotechnical Engineering


The Degree Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

All employers who have a payroll over £3 million pay an Apprenticeship Levy. They can use this levy to fund your enrolment on the programme.

How To Apply

You will need to apply for the Degree Apprenticeship through your employer, who will have their own selection criteria.

For all enquiries relating to this Apprenticeship programme please contact our Apprenticeships Team at

Our Standard Requirements

A good first degree in relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification.

Subject to interview (and sometimes a special test) candidates without a first degree may be admitted onto this programme.

It will also be at the discretion of your employer whether you meet their requirements for the course.