Transport Planning Degree Apprenticeship

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
  • Employment
    You'll need to be in a full time paid role that is relevant to the apprenticeship. This could be an existing job role you are in or a new degree apprenticeship position you are applying for.
More information

Key dates

  • Start date
  • Open Days
    Our next Postgraduate Open Day is taking place on:
    Wednesday 4th March

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

Graduates of the full time course work for top companies including Network Rail, Stagecoach UK and Arriva Rail

Course summary

Launch your career in transport planning with no tuition fees to pay. You’ll gain your degree while working full time as an apprentice at a specialist transport consultancy, local authority or governing body. You’ll be able to apply the theory and skills you learn at Aston to live projects that make a difference to the UK’s transport network.

Key information and entry requirements


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

Duration of programme

The duration of the apprenticeship is five years.

Start date

Presently there is one entry point in September.

Tuition fees

You will not have to pay tuition fees as a degree apprentice, as the costs are met by the UK government and your employer*. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.

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.

*Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for a degree apprenticeship role or already be employed in a job with responsibilities aligned with the degree content. Please see the how to apply section below for more information.

Entry requirements are set by the hiring business and not Aston University so they vary between organisations. Apprentices are selected based on their applications, an interview and an assessment process which is tailored to your apprenticeship position.

You will need:

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent) – Maths, Geography or Economics would be advantageous
  • At least Grade 4 or C GCSE English and Grade 5 or C GCSE Maths.

You will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:

  • Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course
  • Have left full-time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start
  • Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria.
Course outline

Programme overview

Transport and distribution are of crucial importance to our economy and society, and are being brought sharper into focus with issues such as congestion and public transport in the news virtually every day.

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

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

Who is this apprenticeship for?

This degree apprenticeship is for aspiring transport planners who are looking to learn on the job. Transport planners design and develop travel systems that work safely, sustainably and efficiently to cater to the needs of the public.

The programme is suitable for school leavers and learners on the level 3 Transport Planning Technician apprenticeship.

Programme content

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

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. You'll spend the majority of your time in the workplace doing a real full-time job as well as studying for your degree part-time.

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

Study time is structured to fit around your job, as are exams. Your apprenticeship is designed in partnership with your employer, so you don't need to worry about your work and study commitments clashing. They work hand in hand.


You are assessed throughout your apprenticeship through coursework, exams, presentations and a final project.

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

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

Course Director

Dr Lucy Rackliff

I joined Aston University in 2013, prior to which I worked for Centro, the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority, as part of the Education and Communities Team.

I have worked in a number of UK universities, researching and lecturing in a range of transport and related subjects, including Safety and Risk, Marketing, Project Management and Ageing. 

How to apply

I am not employed in the industry

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current degree apprenticeship vacancies are listed below and are updated frequently. Please check back regularly for new vacancies.

Find out more about applying for degree apprenticeships

I am already employed in the industry

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

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Information for employers

If you are an employer or you want to send information about this degree apprenticeship to your manager, take a look at the course page dedicated to employers.

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