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BA (Hons) Construction and the Built Environment (Graduate Apprenticeship)

Key information

Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
BA (Hons)
Mode of delivery
4 years
Start date

Challenging global market conditions continue to dominate the building and construction industry. Key to success are skilled employees, who can manage complex construction project issues, a rare resource nowadays.

The graduate apprenticeship programme is open to new or existing employees in Scotland of all ages and consists of 20% academic learning and 80% work-based learning.

This graduate apprenticeship programme develops high-quality employees capable of playing key- and leadership roles in leading organisations across the construction industry, general contracting and consultancy.

The Construction and the Built Environment GA is aimed at employment in the areas of Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Construction Buying and Procurement, Construction Management, Estimating and Tendering, Facilities Management, Planning and Development, Programming, Project Management, Property Surveying, Rural Surveying, Valuation and Quantity Surveying.

Graduates' skillset

The Construction and the Built Environment degree is designed to produce graduates with:

  • competence in project and delivery management including the knowledge, skills, and professional competences necessary to begin practice as a professional in the construction and the built environment sector.
  • competence in the valuation of land and property (applies to those within the land and property sector only)
  • An understanding of appropriate solutions around the principles of design and technology
  • the ability to reconcile conflicting project objectives, finding appropriate solutions which recognise, cost, time, quality, life cycle aspects and sustainability
  • the ability to learn new methods, and technologies as they emerge and appreciate the necessity of such continuing professional development
  • Apply and understand relevant laws – describe standards, regulations and their consequences across the sector
  • an understanding of business management concepts, such as data management, business finance and business strategies
  • the ability to confidently work both as an individual and part of a team to develop and deliver solutions within construction and the built environment
  • an understanding of the importance of applying negotiation, effective work habits, leadership, and good communication with stakeholders
  • the ability to take responsibility for obligations for health, safety, welfare environment and quality issues
  • Understand the need for and maintain a commitment to a high level of professional and ethical conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the wider environment

The primary focus of the Construction and Built Environment graduate apprenticeship programme is on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills outcomes sought by employers.

Design and technology

  • Technology of buildings including materials
  • Principles of design & construction
  • Detailed pathology of buildings and the related defects, causes and remedies
  • Sustainability

Business management

  • Law
  • Data Management
  • Business finance and accounting
  • Business strategy and management

Project and delivery management

  • Measurement
  • Project management
  • Project planning
  • Project execution
  • Project risk assessment and management
  • Commercial management
  • Valuation of Land and Property (this outcome applies to those within the Land and Property sector only)

Professional practice

  • Comply with overarching professional standards
  • Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner
  • Maintain current awareness of sustainability and environmental considerations
  • Maintain sound theoretical understanding of current and emerging professional practice
  • Apply knowledge of health, safety, welfare, environment and quality

Personal and interpersonal

  • Communications
  • Personal attributes
  • Professional attributes
  • Team working

Your student experience

Ranking (Building, The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)

Ranked 1st in the UK for Building by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Ranking (Construction, Surveying and Planning, Guardian Good University Guide 2024)

Ranked 1st in Scotland for Construction, Surveying and Planning by the Guardian Good University Guide 2024

Ranking (Building, Complete University Guide 2023)

We are ranked 1st in Scotland and 7th in the UK for Building in the Complete University Guide 2023.

Go Global

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Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

Eight mandatory courses. Two each in Semesters 1 and 2. Four work-based courses taken across the full academic year i.e., in Semesters 1, 2 and 3 and apprentices use this time to perform the work based activities and gather or construct the required evidence.

Mandatory September

  • Introductory Economics (GA)
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together A

Mandatory January

  • Shaping Tomorrow Together B
  • Enterprise and its Business Environment

Mandatory AY

  • Construction Technology 1
  • Global Challenges 1
  • Construction Modelling
  • Cost Control Principles

Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

  • SQA Highers at ABBB or equivalent; 
  • A-Levels at ABC or BBB; 
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass; 
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points. 
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering in conjunction with SQA Highers at AAB. 
  • A combination of qualifications totalling 96 SCQF credits at level 6, or Minimum 126 UCAS points 

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.

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