Transport Planning Degree Apprenticeship - Employer Information

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A levels
    Three A Levels (or equivalent) – Maths, Geography or Economics would be advantageous
  • Further requirements
    At least Grade 4 or C GCSE English and Grade 5 or C GCSE Maths
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Apprentices will gain the specialist knowledge required for a successful career in transport planning

Our campus is based in the heart of the UK's transport network

Employer information

The apprenticeship for aspiring transport planners

Develop the next generation of transport planners in your organisation through the first degree apprenticeship of its kind. Your apprentices will be immersed in the economic, operational, societal and environmental issues related to the transport profession as they study for a degree and learn on the job simultaneously.

We've worked in close partnership with specialist transport consultancies, local authorities and governing bodies on the trailblazer group to create a degree apprenticeship tailored to the needs of the industry.

Key information and entry requirements

Degree Apprenticeship Standard

This programme aligns to the Level 6 Transport Planner degree apprenticeship standard. You can find more information about the standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.


By successfully completing this programme, apprentices will be awarded a BSc in Transport Planning. They will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction.  

Duration of programme

Five years of blended work-based, distance and on-campus learning.

Start date


Tuition fees

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £23,000. This is the full cost of the apprenticeship which will be paid for using your apprenticeship levy.

Entry requirements

You can specify your own requirements in addition to the University’s. Aston University students typically achieve ABB at A level or equivalent. A Levels in Maths, geography or economics would be advantageous. Additional entry requirements from the government include:

  • A minimum of Grade C or 4 in GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the course
  • Have left full-time education when the apprenticeship starts
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Right to work in the UK.
Who is this apprenticeship for?

This degree apprenticeship is for aspiring transport planners who are looking to learn on the job. The programme is suitable for school leavers, learners on the level 3 Transport Planning Technician apprenticeship and those in entry-level roles in specialist consultancies, local authorities, government departments and agencies.


Course outline

Programme overview

This degree apprenticeship has been designed in partnership with specialist transport consultancies, local authorities and governing bodies to make sure the skills and knowledge your apprentice will gain are directly relevant in their role in industry.

Throughout the apprenticeship, learners will examine the economic, operational, societal and environmental issues related to the transport profession. In addition, they will acquire the professional, academic and management skills necessary to succeed in any sector of the industry and to move between sectors throughout their career.

Programme content

This apprenticeship is taught at undergraduate level through a set of core modules that will provide the theory needed in the day-to-day role of a transport planner.

Stage one

  • Introduction to transport
  • Study and research skills
  • Transport and engineering economics
  • Mathematics for transport planners
  • Law and the regulatory environment
  • Modelling and optimisation
  • Application of transport models

Stage two

  • Managing engineering projects
  • Sustainable transport planning
  • Managing data in transport projects
  • Impact assessment
  • Understanding people
  • Advanced transport modelling
  • Transport infrastructure engineering

Final stage

  • Designing transport solutions
  • Empathy and human factors in transport
  • Developing leadership
  • Transport design project
  • Synoptic project.
Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

Apprenticeships are structured differently to a traditional degree. Apprentices will spend the majority of their time in the workplace doing their full-time job as well as studying for a degree part-time.

Learning will take place through regular on-campus sessions at Aston University which will be complemented by online learning. Learners will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, for online learning including webinars and assessments.


Learners are assessed throughout the apprenticeship through coursework, exams, presentations and a final project.

The apprenticeship also includes an End Point Assessment, which consists of a review of the final project, followed by an interview with representatives from Aston University, your organisation, and an independent assessor.

After the interview, based both on the apprentice's performance and complete portfolio, the assessors consider what grade they should be awarded for the apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Information for prospective apprentices

If you are considering undertaking a degree apprenticeship yourself, or you want to pass on information to a colleague who might be interested, take a look at the course page dedicated to prospective apprentices.

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