An apprenticeship with UCEM is a three-way partnership between the employer, the apprentice and UCEM. The aim of the apprenticeship is to provide the apprentice with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the requirements of the End Point Assessment (EPA) and their career afterwards. For most of our apprenticeships, this is the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). On passing the APC, the candidate is a qualified Chartered Surveyor (MRICS).

UCEM understands the current pressures and challenges for employers and therefore offers an end to end online model, with fully embedded teaching, workshops and outstanding wrap around pastoral and academic support.

The employer is required to reserve 20% of the apprentice’s working hours as off-the-job training, allowing the apprentice to study for the apprenticeship. Employers also provide the on-the-job training for apprentices, pay the apprentices’ salary and are responsible for the apprentices gaining the key skills as defined in the Apprenticeship Standard.




Levy payer cost*

Non-levy payer cost


Chartered Surveyor BSc Route £27,000 £1,350 BSc (Hons) degree


Chartered Surveyor MSc Route £25,000 £1,250 MSc degree


Building Control Surveyor £24,000 £1,200 BSc (Hons) degree

Eligible to apply for membership of CIOB

Construction Quantity Surveying Technician £9000 £450 Certificate of Higher Education Construction and Built Environment
Construction Quantity Surveyor £18,000 £900 BSc (Hons) degree
Construction Site Management £17,500 £875 BSc (Hons) degree

Eligible to apply for membership of CIOB

Construction Site Supervisor £9,000 £450 Level 4 Apprenticeship in Construction Site Supervision

Certificate of Higher Education Construction and Built Environment

Construction Design and Build Technician £14,000 £700 Level 4 Apprenticeship in Construction Design and Build

Certificate of Higher Education Construction and Built Environment

Sustainability Business Specialist £11,000 £550 MSc

*If levy funds run out or expire, levy-paying employers are required to contribute to the costs of apprenticeships.

UCEM programmes are accredited by professional bodies including RICS, CIOB and CABE. For details of the accreditations for each programme please contact our business development team.



Anyone in suitable employment can become an apprentice, but you are required to be 18 years or over at the start of your programme. UCEM provides access courses for those that don’t meet our entry requirements for the degree level apprenticeships.

Apprentices need to have the right to work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for three years prior to commencing their studies. During the programme, each apprentice must spend at least 50% of their working hours in England.

Apprentices come in all shapes and sizes. They can be new recruits into the industry with no previous experience or they can have been working in the industry for a while and be ready for the next step in their career.

Employers use apprenticeships to:

  1. Utilise government funding available to develop expertise and address skills gaps and shortages
  2. Improve attraction and retention of talent
  3. Shape the skills of an apprentice around the needs of a business
  4. Support staff in achieving their development goals
  5. Increase diversity
  6. Increase employee engagement



Apprenticeship Levy payers will use their levy funds to pay for the apprenticeship.

Further information can be found on the government website.

Employers with a payroll of OVER £3 million per annum:

Employers with a payroll of UNDER £3 million per annum:

Will be paying an apprenticeship levy – classed as a ‘levy payer’ Won’t be paying an apprenticeship levy – classed as a ‘non-levy payer’
100% of apprenticeship cost funded from levy funds 95% of apprenticeship cost funded by government.



  • No 1 provider of chartered surveying apprenticeships
  • 95% employer satisfaction score
  • Currently working with over 500 employers
  • Wrap around support for apprentices and employers
  • Dedicated apprenticeship team
  • Leader in built environment online learning
  • Ofsted ‘Good’ provider



  • Determine funding arrangements and profile costs
  • Advice to help select the most appropriate apprenticeship and occupational routes
  • Support your recruitment process (if recruiting externally)
  • Guide you through the registration and sign-up process
  • Provide advice and guidance on how the apprenticeship works
  • Advertise apprenticeship vacancies via our JobShop
  • Tripartite progress reviews with all apprentices and their line managers
  • Supporting compliance with ESFA requirements


  • Apprentice welcome programme
  • Detailed induction
  • Dedicated apprenticeships outcomes officer
  • Academic support as required
  • Regular workshops with cohort
  • Student representatives
  • Student services
  • Library enquiry service
  • Apprenticeship academic support tutors
  • Disability and wellbeing team
  • Careers advice


Built for quality

UCEM is rated ‘Good’ by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) and ‘Outstanding’ in the area of behaviour and attitudes.

Feedback from Ofsted included the following:

  • apprentices gain high levels of confidence, resilience and empowerment
  • apprentices are well supported by apprenticeship outcomes officers
  • the UCEM programme prepares apprentices for future success
  • 98% of employers who work with UCEM stated they would recommend the university to others

We are really pleased with this result and hope that it fills you with confidence that UCEM is the right education provider for your apprentice.


Both employers and their apprentices need to go through different processes in order to facilitate entry onto their chosen apprenticeship programme and gain access to apprenticeship funding, be it levy or non-levy. This infographic illustrates the responsibilities and processes involved.