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Civil Engineering
Undergraduate course
HND

Civil Engineering

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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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).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: 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. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:48 points required. (Minimum 32 from one A Level or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: 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.
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.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Civil Engineering

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.
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Core Modules

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Core Modules

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.

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.

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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 undergraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2018/19 on this course is £1541.6 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.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

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.

Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.

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.

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.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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