Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialists interpret and analyse geospatial data (data relating to geographic position on the earth’s surface) and use leading edge digital technology such as laser scanning, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and imagery. They provide data analysis and advice for mapping, satellite navigation systems (Satnavs), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), infrastructure, the identification of local, suburban or international boundaries, military, mining and a wide range of other purposes.

Specific duties of the role are to interpret, manipulate and analyse geospatial information, data and measurement using a wide range of innovative technologies and to provide strategic advice and recommendations based on this analysis. Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialists can work in either the public or private sector and employers include consultants, contractors, rail operators, government, the military, mapping companies, suppliers of computer based mapping technology, Geographic Information Systems and Building Information Modelling, utilities companies and a range of others.


This 5 ½ year scheme (last 6 months to complete the end point assessment) is a day release method of delivery on our Docklands campus. The overall time can be shortened depending on the entry qualifications the candidate possesses.

Entry requirements: Potential apprentices will need to be employed in the field of study (see occupational profile), be over 18, have at least two ‘A’ levels or equivalent and hold a GCSE English and Mathematics at grade A to C or grade 4 and above. In addition, individual employers will also set their entry criteria.

Fees per apprentice for whole duration (paid on a monthly basis and is an estimate):

Levy employer: £27,000 – an estimated £562 per month from company levy.

Non-levy employer: please email degreeapprenticeships@uel.ac.uk or call 020 8223 2337 for more information. The apprentice will not be required to pay any fees.

Progression: on completion, full time employment and additional CPD as required. Successful apprentices will gain a BSc (Hons) Surveying and Mapping Science, accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. The apprenticeship will provide the knowledge, skills and behaviours to apply to become Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Degree content: Please see BSc (Hons) Surveying and Mapping Sciences

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We aim to be flexible in our approach and discuss with each employer the delivery strategy that best meets their business requirements and those of their apprentices.

Our current offer is an intensive day-release scheme.

The degree apprenticeship programme at UEL has been created with employers for employers. Contact us if you:

  • Would like to become an employer partner of UEL and let us help you find the right apprentices for you;
  •  Are interested in any of the apprenticeship degree programmes we are currently running or the new ones we are developing;
  • Would like to explore creating new apprenticeships and join a Trailblazer group with us.



020 8223 2337

University of East London 
Academic Partnerships Office
Docklands Campus, University Way
London E16 2RD

The information on this webpage reflects the course details as they are at the time of publication and is subject to change. The information is included as a guide to course content only.

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