The built environment needs specialists with the technical expertise and digital skills to drive change for a sustainable future.
In their role, construction and design technicians coordinate and manage the design work required during construction. They understand the DNA of a building, how it’s composed, the materials needed and the technical specifications required to transform it from a design into a functioning, safe and future-proof building. They also know how to use a wide range of design and analysis software that is used to share complex information with stakeholders.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship, apprentices can apply to become a Technical Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (TechCIOB).
Reasons why degree is for you
Reasons to do this apprenticeship
Develop technical and digital skills needed within the construction industry
Acquire the expertise and language to confidently work across many disciplines
Explore and contextualise building laws and regulations
Understand sustainable best practice within the built environment
This apprenticeship is for those
Seeking to develop a career in architecture, construction or design
Looking for a broad technical knowledge of construction technology
Wanting to use their digital skills to create something physical
Passionate about creating a more sustainable built environment
Ensure that your employees are knowledgeable and skilled in the latest specialisms.
Apprenticeship programme structure
On successful completion, students will be awarded:
Level 4 Apprenticeship in Construction Design and Build
Certificate of Higher Education Construction and Built Environment
This apprenticeship will be delivered online and include guided discussions and workshops as well as independent learning and reading.
Development of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours for all apprenticeships happens through a combination of workplace training provided by the employer and off-the job training provided by UCEM.
The apprenticeship is 120 credits, plus an End Point Assessment (EPA). The employer must be able to provide their apprentices with relevant workplace experience for the requirements of the EPA to be met.
If you require further information about programme content, please view the programme specifications below which set out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.
UCEM is a leading university for the built environment providing flexible and accessible supported online education to all. Our commitment to become the most sustainable university in the world has led us to change the way we teach, operate, and collaborate with others to ensure that sustainability is integrated into everything that we do.
When choosing UCEM, students gain access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This specialised platform acts as a hub for studies, offering resources, schedules, and engaging learning activities. Apprentices also have access to the Apprentice Hub – a one-stop shop on the VLE including guidance on off the job diary and end point assessment.
Our apprenticeship outcomes officers are the main point of contact whilst on programme. Their pastoral role is all encompassing and includes providing apprentice and employer with regular progress reviews to support with academic and personal development goals.
“My Apprenticeship Outcomes Officer, has walked along with me throughout this journey and has been fantastic. She cares about her students and is always on the other end of the phone. I never thought I would have a strong relationship with someone I had never met in person until graduation day.”
UCEM has a dedicated disability and welfare team who work to provide all students with the support and tools they need to succeed. Support is available to students with a range of disabilities, health conditions, and learning difficulties.
This team helps apprentices to navigate the world of online learning. The tutors support in a variety of ways, whether that be explaining how to use the VLE, the e-Library, submitting assignments, or managing workload.
All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.
You should have:
GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature or an equivalent qualification
Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
88 or above in the internet option, 230 or above in the computer-based option or 570 or above in the paper-based option of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
You will need to provide your apprentice with the equivalent of one day off a week to study and you will need to ensure that their job role enables them to fulfil the requirements of the apprenticeship.
The programme meets the criteria of the Construction Design and Build Technician Standard,. It also meets the requirements of the revised standard that is effective from March. Eligible organisations are able to use their levy fund for the £14,000 fees.
If you are currently employed within the built environment in England, you will need your employer’s support as they will fund your apprenticeship. Speak to your them about your options. If they have questions, then our business development team will be happy to answer them.
If you are looking to do an apprenticeship but are not currently employed, you will need to search for an apprenticeship before applying. Search on the government website, or try reaching out to relevant employers to see if there are vacancies.