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Study Programme - Civil Engineering Level 3

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Study Programme - Civil Engineering Level 3 Available for applications
Course Details
Location Castleford College
Location Wakefield College
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 2 years
Time of Day Day
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body Pearson BTEC
Offering Code CEL3CBE1F000;DFL3CBA1F000;DFL3CBE1F000;DFL3CBS1F000;DFL3CVE1F000
Progression within Wakefield College Yes
Residential No
Day Trips Yes
Opportunity for Placement Yes
Mandatory Placement Yes
Programme Design and Overview

The Civil Engineering sector is vast, ranging from the construction and design of roads and bridges, the rail network, utilities, coastal and flood defences, to name but a few areas.
Civil Engineers can be consulting engineers who design and advise on projects or they can be contracting engineers who are involved in the construction of the projects.

This course is aimed at individuals looking to be employed within the civil engineering sector in roles associated with design or management of roads and bridges, railways and buildings.

This course will enable individuals to progress to Higher Education to study civil engineering related courses or into employment within the sector.

The units selected for study facilitate progression to both full-time HE and employment. All learners are provided with the opportunity of a short work placement.

The salary you could expect to earn working in the Civil Engineering industry range from:
Civil Engineer £24K-£80K
Civil Engineering Technician £14K-£45K
(Source: National Careers Service)

Please Note: Work placement opportunities will be available at all levels.

What you will Study

The course is delivered over two years, over which time you will study a suite of units.

The units selected for delivery cover a number of disciplines including:

• Design
• Construction methods
• Surveying and quantity surveying

In year 1 you can expect to study:
• Construction Principles
• Construction Design
• Health and Safety in Construction
• Construction Technology
• Graphical Detailing (Including an introduction to CAD and BIM)
• Building Regulations
• Building Surveying

The course also addresses the mathematical requirements for progression to higher education and with this in year 2 you will study:
• Further Mathematics
• Surveying Construction
• Site Engineering in Construction

These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4). This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

How you will Learn

The course is delivered over the two years in four elements.  Each element constitutes a qualification, culminating at the end of the two years in the Extended Diploma.

The aim of the course is not only to extend the theoretical knowledge of the industry but also to introduce skills required for the workplace. Delivery is carried out traditionally in the classroom through formal and informal sessions, including practical and resource-based learning activities with tutorial back up. Working with employers, we aim to study local projects which help to extend the learning environment beyond the College premises.  In addition to visits to live construction sites and other places of interest, a two week work placement is introduced at the start of Year 2.

Course Structure Classroom: 70%; Practical: 20% ; Organised study 10%:
Nature of Assessments on the Programme

Two of the units are externally assessed.

Construction principles is assessed through a 90-minute written examination, taken in January or May/June.

Construction Design is assessed through a piece of externally set and marked coursework carried out in a supervised environment

The remaining units are assessed through assignment work completed throughout the academic year that will show how you applied the knowledge gained.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Science and a GCSE grade 9-6 in Mathematics.

Where you do not meet the entry requirements but have achieved GCSE grades 9-3 in English and Maths there is the opportunity to study the Extended Certificate in the first year to support the retake of these GCSEs.

Attendance Expectations Full-time, can be up to five days per week (Monday to Friday), you may also have some self-study time.
Attendance - Please note This is part of a full-time study programme. It may be available as a standalone fee paying course that is not part of a full-time study programme subject to sufficient interest. For further information call the Course Information Team on 01924 789111.
Fee Information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course

Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304
Further Study Successful completion of this Level 3 qualification will enable progression to Higher Education or employment. Higher Education is available at Wakefield college with full time and part time provision at both level 4 and 5.
Career Opportunities Civil engineers are employed by a wide range of organisations such as local authorities, building contractors, power companies, environmental agencies and specialist consulting firms. You could also find work overseas with British consulting or contracting firms, working for foreign governments, and oil and mining companies.
How to Apply

Please complete a full-time application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

For Further Details

Please contact Kieron Shepherd by email or Suzanne Black by email or Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Information last amended: 30 September 2022 12:59

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