Level 4 apprenticeship

This apprenticeship programme will provide apprentices with the skills necessary for a successful career as a construction site supervisor.

This Level 4 qualification is ideal for trainee site supervisors who need to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviours to demonstrate their capability in the role.

Site supervisors have a responsibility to manage staff on building sites, helping to bridge the gap between senior managers and on-site teams by ensuring projects are completed on time. Site supervisors will also be responsible for health and safety and monitoring costs on construction projects.

Year 1 summary

The first year will introduce apprentices to the underlying principles of simple construction and establish a foundational knowledge and understanding of site operations, management and construction technology.

Year 2 summary

The second year will be an introduction to legislative and regulatory frameworks and the building and environmental technology of framed construction.

Following completion of the CertHE apprentices will pass through the Gateway and will then take the non-integrated EPA comprising an online test, a project and a professional discussion.

  • This is an established apprenticeship standard and is attracting over 500 starts a year
  • CIOB is delivering the EPA, the achievement of which leads to a technical membership grade
  • This programme offers a progression pathway to Level 6 Construction Site Management and MCIOB in due course for those who aspire to develop their career further


of study

If starting in Autumn 2023

Year Semester Module title Credits
1 1 People and Organisational Management 20
Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks 20
2 Construction Technology 1 20
Introduction to Construction Practice 20
2 1 Introduction to Site Operations 20
Construction Technology 2 20

If you require further information about programme content, you can view the programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

If starting in Spring 2024

Year Semester Module title Credits
1 1 Introduction to Construction Practice 20
Construction Technology 1 20
2 People and Organisational Management 20
Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks 20
2 1 Introduction to Site Operations 20
Construction Technology 2 20


Key information

apprenticeship details

On successful completion, students will be awarded:

  • Level 4 Apprenticeship in Construction Site Supervision
  • Certificate of Higher Education Construction and Built Environment

Duration of study

  • The total duration is 24 months
  • The standard duration of the programme is 18 months, followed by the apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA) of 6 months

Study requirements

  • 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per year


  • The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) Construction and Built Environment is accredited by the CIOB. Prospective members holding this qualification have full academic exemption for Technical Membership (TechCIOB) and once they have gained three years’ relevant work experience may enter CIOB membership as an applicant to progress towards TechCIOB without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.

Requirements of the apprentice

  • Apprentices must have the right to work in England and meet the Education and Skill Funding Agency (ESFA) residency status requirements
  • Spend at least 50% of their working hours in England
  • Be 18 years or over at the start of the programme and be directly employed in a job role that will enable the requirements of the apprenticeship to be achieved
  • Find out more about how apprenticeships work

Employer sponsorship

This programme is available for employer sponsored funding if an apprenticeship is not suitable. For more information please email businessdevelopment@ucem.ac.uk

Entry requirements

You are required to be 18 years or over at the start of your programme.

Personal statement

Please provide a statement to support your application which outlines your interest in the programme, your previous experience and how it has prepared you for this programme, and how the programme will help you to achieve your future goals.

Providing evidence

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Entry requirements

You will need:

64 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent

English and Maths

You will also need a GCSE – Grade 4 (or C) or above in English and mathematics or equivalent qualification.

If you do not have these English and maths qualifications, you will need to complete an assessment that shows you are working at Level 1 or above. You will then need to complete functional skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship.