Undergraduate study
Civil Engineering (Top-up)

BEng Tech (Hons) Civil Engineering (Top-up)

UCAS code: H203 Tech/CE

This top-up degree is ideal if you are qualified to QCF Level 5 in a civil engineering-related subject and you wish to enhance your career prospects. Eligible qualifications include BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND) and foundation degrees.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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This top-up degree may be used as a stepping stone to master’s degree-level study.

You study the core topics of hydraulics, geotechnics, structures and management. These topics, combined with your individual project, help you develop a range of skills relevant to your profession.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Construction Management

You will gain an understanding of construction management techniques relevant to the construction industry with regards to estimating, cost and time control, quality issues and health & safety. You will also learn how these principles may be applied to the management of construction projects within project modules. Guest speakers from industry are invited to help ensure current good practice is included in the delivery of the module.

Formal lectures will be supported by student seminars/project work and online quizzes as appropriate in order to provide formative feedback. The module is assessed by one end examination.

Design of Concrete Structures

This module develops your knowledge of engineering properties of concrete, analysis and design concepts and procedures used in structural design. You gain the analysis and design knowledge required to design common structural elements and building frames using reinforced concrete to the appropriate national and European structural design standards. You use case study examples to gain the skills and understanding to develop effective and economic designs. We emphasise manual analysis techniques to determine the values required for subsequent design procedures. Your designs of the structural elements will fully comply with the appropriate current standards. The module is assessed by a combination of an in-course assessment and exam.

Employment Skills

You learn how to prepare for situations you are likely to face in your future career, including:
• demanding technical interviews testing your subject knowledge and ability to sell yourself
• scenarios requiring difficult ethical judgements
• tasks or problems where you don't possess all the necessary knowledge at the start.

You enhance your knowledge and understanding of your subject and learn to deal with similar situations effectively in the future.

Group Design

In this module you work in a team to solve a complex engineering design and implementation problem related to civil engineering. It gives you an understanding of your own knowledge and limitations and the importance of bringing in and working with people with a different knowledge base and skillset. You develop a consolidated set of employability skills in managing projects, presenting work, research and commercial awareness to support complex problem solving in a technical context and enhance your awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace. Assessments used in this module include a verbal presentation and in-course assessment.

Hydrology and Hydraulic Systems

This module provides you with an understanding of the properties of water at rest and in motion. You investigate problems related to storing water in bulk and to its conveyance in known quantities through pipelines, rivers and open channels. You consider the natural water cycle (hydrological cycle) and how we have interacted with it to produce the hydrosocial cycle for our own use and benefit. Rainfall is a major component of the hydrological cycle. This module gives an insight into rainfall types, losses and runoff. You also consider water and wastewater treatment. Module content is delivered through lectures supported by tutorial and laboratory sessions. The module is assessed by a technical report and exam.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

This programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects, examinations). You are also expected to spend time on your own - this self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. In most cases, around 60 hours is spent in lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The remaining learning time is for you to use to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits, so, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

Some of the modules involve compulsory one-week block delivery periods (Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm). These are intensive problem-solving sessions to enhance teamwork and focus your attention on particular problems.

How you are assessed

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including examination and in-course assessment as well as group work and verbal or poster presentations.


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Career opportunities

Typical roles include construction project management, building or civil engineering for contractors or consultants, architectural practices, local authorities or government agencies.

If you successfully complete this degree with at least 2.2 honours you can apply for one of several MSc programmes for further study including, for example, MSc Project Management and MSc Energy and Environmental Management.

Please note, this top-up degree would not be eligible for progression to our accredited postgraduate MSc Civil and Structural Engineering degree. If you're intending to study this postgraduate course then you must first complete our accredited BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree and obtain at least a 2.1 honours degree. A 2.2 classification can also be considered if suitable working experience can be evidenced

Entry requirements

Edexcel/BTEC Higher National Diploma, or equivalent, in a discipline closely related to civil engineering.

International students must also provide evidence of English language skills equivalent to IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component. International students should also read the information on our international pages.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

Contact details

Further information