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Undergraduate course
HND

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Applications for September 2019 are now closed.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Civil engineers are responsible for designing, constructing and operating a wide range of infrastructure projects, including major structures, highways and water resources. With sustainability high on the agenda it creates a challenge for more complex, yet innovative, cost-effective environmentally sensitive solutions.

This course will ensure that you have the technical and management capability to contribute effectively in this environment and prepare you for your career as a civil engineering technician. The course is integrated with our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering and comprises of the first two levels of study of the degree. On successful completion of this course, you can gain another qualification and progress onto the final year of the BSc degree.



Partially Accredited IEng qualification - Accredited IEng (Partial)
This qualification is approved by the JBM as:

1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Engineering Technician (EngTech).

2. partially satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for IEng.

The JBM consists of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Approved by the JBM on behalf of:

Our civil engineering course team have a proven record in securing placements and will encourage you to consider both summer and sandwich year work during your studies. This provides you with a great opportunity to gain practical experience in the workplace which will help you apply for jobs when you graduate.

To broaden your industry knowledge the course team also arrange regular personal development sessions, these are generally provided by leading industry professionals and will assist you in choosing an appropriate area of civil engineering to enter on graduation. We also have close links with the Institution of Civil Engineers and host a number of regional events for you to attend.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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92.3%
Overall student satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2019

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • 24/7 Library
  • Real-life projects
  • Specialist facilities
  • University accommodation
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Entry Requirements

48
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

UCAS Tariff Points: 48 points required. (Minimum 32 from one A Level or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

GCSEs: GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants:

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable..

All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example we accept some Functional Skills Tests. 

UCAS Tariff Points: 48 points required. (Minimum 32 from one A Level or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

GCSEs: GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

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Careers

Teaching and learning

Studied part-time over three years, this professionally focused course will develop your understanding of engineering principles, enhance your practical skills and allow you to apply the techniques you learn to real-world scenarios. 

The year one (Level 4) modules are studied during your first and second year, and the year two (Level 5) modules are studied during your second and final years.

Download 2019/20 Course Spec Download
You will study four core modules during your first year of study: Civil Engineering Management A, Engineering Mathematics, Site Surveying & Computer Aided Design, and Engineering Materials Science. The remaining two modules listed below will be studied in the first semester of your second year of study, during which you will also study Civil Engineering Management B and Engineering Materials Technology (Year two list).
Overall workload
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50-60 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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50 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year one is assessed by examinations predominantly, with some coursework*

*Some coursework is practical laboratory based, see module specifications for further details.

 

Core Modules

An insight into the techniques of observation and calculations using computing technology to collect, manipulate and display geospatial data.

Develop your knowledge of civil engineering procedures in the professional and legal working environment, gaining an insight into roles, contracts, law and health and safety.

We will enhance your mathematical skills so that you can find solutions to technical problems, manipulate and solve equations, and utilise data production and statistical methods to solve construction problems.

Enhance your understanding of the properties of materials in both the design and construction phases of any civil engineering project.

Take a look at the behaviour of structures - forces, stresses, strain, tension, compression and bending - and recognise the role of materials testing.

You will present proposals for developing a brownfield site. As part of a team, you will also design, construct and test a model structure.

You will study a further three core modules in your final year of study: Highway Engineering A, Structural Design, and Geotechnical Engineering A. You will also choose one option module from the list below.
Overall workload
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140-150 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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150 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year two is assessed by examinations predominantly, with some coursework*

*Some coursework is practical laboratory based, see module specifications for further details.

Core Modules

Enhance your knowledge of factors which affect highway and traffic engineering, including characteristics of urban and rural roads, and pavement structure.

Learn about structural geology and the identification of minerals and rocks for engineering purposes.

An introduction to the factors which influence the sustainability of materials within construction, helping you to appreciate the rationale behind different approaches to structural design.

Build your understanding of the commercial and contractual procedures involved in delivering civil engineering projects, such as preparing detailed risk assessments and recognising different contract types.

A further insight into properties of materials and their use and deterioration in service. In particular, you will study concrete - its design, use on site and the deterioration of reinforced concrete structures.

Option modules may include:

You will produce design and management related solutions for a civil engineering scenario based project using the principles and techniques introduced in earlier modules.

Civil Engineering Design Project - Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

We will build on your expertise in the concepts of structural mechanics and how these are used to analyse a variety of structures.

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download
You will study four core modules during your first year of study: Civil Engineering Management A, Engineering Mathematics, Site Surveying & Computer Aided Design, and Engineering Materials Science. The remaining two modules listed below will be studied in the first semester of your second year of study, during which you will also study Civil Engineering Management B and Engineering Materials Technology (Year two list).
Overall workload
Clock icon
50-60 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
50 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year one is assessed by examinations predominantly, with some coursework*

*Some coursework is practical laboratory based, see module specifications for further details.

 

Core Modules

An insight into the techniques of observation and calculations using computing technology to collect, manipulate and display geospatial data.

Develop your knowledge of civil engineering procedures in the professional and legal working environment, gaining an insight into roles, contracts, law and health and safety.

We will enhance your mathematical skills so that you can find solutions to technical problems, manipulate and solve equations, and utilise data production and statistical methods to solve construction problems.

Enhance your understanding of the properties of materials in both the design and construction phases of any civil engineering project.

Take a look at the behaviour of structures - forces, stresses, strain, tension, compression and bending - and recognise the role of materials testing.

You will present proposals for developing a brownfield site. As part of a team, you will also design, construct and test a model structure.

You will study a further three core modules in your final year of study: Highway Engineering A, Structural Design, and Geotechnical Engineering A. You will also choose one option module from the list below.
Overall workload
Clock icon
140-150 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
150 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year two is assessed by examinations predominantly, with some coursework*

*Some coursework is practical laboratory based, see module specifications for further details.

Core Modules

Enhance your knowledge of factors which affect highway and traffic engineering, including characteristics of urban and rural roads, and pavement structure.

Learn about structural geology and the identification of minerals and rocks for engineering purposes.

An introduction to the factors which influence the sustainability of materials within construction, helping you to appreciate the rationale behind different approaches to structural design.

Build your understanding of the commercial and contractual procedures involved in delivering civil engineering projects, such as preparing detailed risk assessments and recognising different contract types.

A further insight into properties of materials and their use and deterioration in service. In particular, you will study concrete - its design, use on site and the deterioration of reinforced concrete structures.

Engineering Mechanics

Option modules may include:

You will produce design and management related solutions for a civil engineering scenario based project using the principles and techniques introduced in earlier modules.

Civil Engineering Design Project - Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

We will build on your expertise in the concepts of structural mechanics and how these are used to analyse a variety of structures.

Tom Craven
Tom Craven
Course Director
Tom has several years experience in the civil engineering industry, working in infrastructure for a leading design consultancy and now specialises as a civil engineering management lecturer for our University.
Our courses create professionals who have built a broad-based knowledge of core civil engineering topics, learning from specialist lecturers who have worked in their respective fields. Becoming a civil engineer right now represents a fantastic opportunity to become involved in several upcoming high-profile infrastructure projects proposed in the UK, as well as opportunities to work on a multitude of prestigious projects worldwide.
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Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £1541.60 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £77.08. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Some protective equipment for working in the construction materials laboratory and for site visits.
  • Access to all software required for the course.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Protective footwear for site visits and working in the construction materials laboratory 
    (Cost from £25)

Course-specific optional costs

  • If you wish to use your own computer you will need to make sure it meets the minimum specification requirements for the Autodesk Revit software program
  • Site visits
    (You will be required to make your own way to sites close to campus. The School will cover the costs of bus travel if the site is considered to be far from campus)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £2000 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £100. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2020/21 on this course is £1541.60 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £77.08. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Some protective equipment for working in the construction materials laboratory and for site visits.
  • Professional / accrediting body member subscription

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Protective footwear for site visits and working in the construction materials laboratory 
    (Cost from £25.)
  • Miscellaneous costs
    (There will be some costs associated with printing assignments where assignments need to be submitted as a hard copy.)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Site visits
    (Cost will vary depending on location.)

 

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Some protective equipment for working in the construction materials laboratory and for site visits.
  • Professional / accrediting body member subscription

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Protective footwear for site visits and working in the construction materials laboratory 
    (Cost from £25.)
  • Miscellaneous costs
    (There will be some costs associated with printing assignments where assignments need to be submitted as a hard copy.)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Site visits
    (Cost will vary depending on location.)

 

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Northern Terrace building materials laboratory
    Northern Terrace building materials laboratory

    Based at Northern Terrace at our City Campus, our building materials laboratory offers full-scale structural element testing with up to 250 tonnes loading capacity, hydraulics testing with open-flow apparatus and a pump rig, and concrete beam production with mixing, casting and material strength and consistency testing.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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