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Apprentice Civil Engineer (Level 5 - 7) McFarland Consulting

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    McFarland Consulting

  • Apprenticeship Type

    Civil Engineering > Level 5-7

  • Positions

    1

  • Location

    Unit A3 Harbour Court, 5 Heron Road, Belfast, BT3 9HB

  • Salary

    £

  • Start date

  • Location Type

    Office

Job Description

McFarland Consulting are specialist civil/structural engineers. Our engineers operate both on site and in the office working on a wide variety of buildings and structures throughout Ireland and the UK.

We have fantastic opportunities for enthusiastic and motivated individuals who want to start a career in civil engineering with the possibility of becoming a specialist in forensic engineering after sufficient training and experience.

Some of the tasks that you will be involved with include:

  • Assist engineers on site with detailed inspections, taking notes, dimensions and photographs

  • Operate specialist testing equipment to determine the condition of reinforced concrete and steel structures (full training provided)

  • Use tools on site to extract material samples such as drills, breakers and coring rigs

  • Be willing to be trained on working in demanding scenarios such as at height on MEWPs and within confined spaces such as tanks and tunnels etc

  • Collate data from site investigations and process material samples for onward laboratory analysis

  • Assist with report writing on results from investigations

  • Assist with site specific Method Statements and Risk Assessments

  • Assist with company Integrated Management System (third party accredited Quality, Environmental and H&S systems)

Person Specification

  • Hard working

  • Attention to detail

  • Willingness to learn

  • Problem solver with can do attitude

  • Willing to travel throughout Ireland and UK for short duration projects

  • Ability to operate powered tools on site to collect concrete and steel samples

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Applicable courses

Whilst you are applying to an employer through Workplus you must apply directly to the training providers to secure your place on the apprenticeship course.

Civil EngineeringBelfast Metropolitan College

Description

If you have completed A Level or equivalent you may be interested in a Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA).  It offers you the opportunity to study and gain a recognised Higher Level Qualification whilst in paid employment.  For more information visit the nidirect websiteand apprenticeships explained.

Civil Engineers play a vital role in the planning, design and construction of the infrastructure which is fundamental to the economic wellbeing of a region or country. Civil Engineers, therefore, have very wide career opportunities and are employed for their scientific knowledge, design expertise, problem-solving skills and business awareness.

This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (ICE, IStructE, CIHT, IHE).*

This is a full time Foundation Degree programme offered by Belfast Met in collaboration with Ulster University. The course is designed for people who wish to progress to study a degree in civil engineering or are interested in a career in the construction/civil engineering industry and require a Foundation Degree to enhance employment prospects. 

Modules of study include:

  • Civil Engineering Technology & Materials

  • Mathematics & Structures

  • CADD & Graphical Communication

  • Geology & Soil Mechanics

  • Infrastructure & Engineering Design

  • Civil Engineering Project & Professional Development

  • Surveying for Civil Engineers

  • Management and Measurement

  • Fluid Mechanics & Water Engineering

  • Further Maths with Structural Analysis

  • Work Based Learning

*This qualification is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Candidates must hold a Bachelors (with or without honours) accredited as Further Learning for IEng to hold accredited qualifications for IEng registration.

See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for IEng.

Modules

Year 1

Geology and Soil Mechanics

50% coursework / 50% exam

This module will provide the learner with an introduction to the engineering characteristics of geological materials and the formation of rocks and soils, with reference to the design of foundations of buildings and bridges, embankments and cuttings, dams and earth retaining walls.

Surveying for Civil Engineers

100% coursework

The module is designed to develop an understanding of both fundamental and modern surveying theories, techniques and processes. Competence in use of levelling equipment and modern survey equipment will be developed through control and topographic survey assignments and co-ordinated setting out exercises.

Civil Engineering Project and Professional Development

100% coursework

This module will consolidate all learning on Level 4 modules. It is an opportunity for active and engaged learning which aims to motivate learners, increase their ability to apply what they have learned, and aid them to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the applications of their skills.

Year 2

Civil Engineering Management & Measurement

50% coursework / 50% exam

This module introduces the management processes required on a modern civil engineering project. The module’s focus is on the planning and programming of resources; health & safety management requirements; contractual arrangements and procedures; measurement, costing, procurement and tendering arrangements for construction works.

Infrastructure & Engineering Design

100% coursework

Infrastructure and Engineering Design is a module in which the student will be able to demonstrate the application of technical design principles and apply these skills in determining the best solution to common civil engineering problems whilst considering sustainability of the project and its environmental impact. This will allow students to develop a greater awareness of the role of civil engineering technology and to appreciate its integrative nature.

Further Mathematics with Structural Analysis

50% coursework / 50% exam

The primary aim of this unit is to supplement the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques covered in the first year of the course with more advanced concepts and techniques. These will include numerical and analytical methods, complex numbers, vector and matrix algebra.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework, practical and written examination.

Award

Foundation Degree

Validated By

Ulster University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

To be eligible for this programme, applicants must be in employment or have secured employment with a relevant employer prior to commencing the course, and satisfy the Ulster University General Entrance Requirements as specified in the University General Regulations and at least one of the following:

  1. A minimum of five passes at GCSE Grade C or 4 and above, which must include Mathematics and English Language (approved equivalents can be found at //www.ulster.ac.uk/study/entrance-requirements), and either:

    1. A minimum tariff of 56 UCAS points at GCE/VCE A Level, to include Grade D in one of the following subject areas: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Geography, Applied Science or DA Science, Life and Health Science (single or double award), Technology (including Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Environmental Technology, Environmental Science and Digital Technology); 
      OR

    2. Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering, Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering with a minimum grade of Merit Pass Pass (MPP) and include a Merit in Mathematics, or Further Mathematics, or Structural Mechanics, or Public Health Engineering, or Mechanical Principles, or Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics;
      OR

    3. Pearson BTEC National Diploma in Construction (Civil Engineering), with a minimum grade of Merit Pass (MP) and include a Merit in Further Mathematics. Applicants must also hold a Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (Institution of Civil Engineers) (9 units);
      OR

    4. A minimum tariff of 56 UCAS points with a combination of A Level and/or BTEC Level 3 Awards.  The subject requirement must be met either through the A Level or the BTEC award (see a and b above).

  1. Irish Leaving Certificate: a minimum tariff of 56 UCAS points from four subjects at higher level to include Mathematics or Physics at H3. Must include English and Mathematics at min grade H6 or O4.

  2. Scottish Highers: a minimum tariff of 56 UCAS points, which must include Mathematics or Physics at Grade B or above. Scottish Advanced Highers: a minimum tariff of 56 UCAS points, which must include Mathematics or Physics. Plus GCSE Maths and English at grade C or 4 and above.

  3. Access Course: A minimum of 44% average in a relevant discipline of which modules must include Mathematics and Advanced/Further Mathematics.

  4. Evidence of an ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning which must be submitted in accordance with the College Policy Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) Higher Education Process available on the college website. Plus a minimum of five passes at GCSE Grade C or 4 and above, which must include Mathematics and English Language (or approved equivalents: see 1 above).

  5. Students presenting with international qualifications must also refer to //www.ulster.ac.uk/global/apply/entry-requirements for entry requirements.

Duration

2

Start Date

Monday 16 September 2024

End Date

Monday 01 June 2026

Progression Pathway

Successful students can progress to Level 6 (Undergraduate BEng in Civil Engineering). Students may also progress to either year two of the full time programme at Ulster University or year three of the part-time Civil Engineering Undergraduate Programme

With further study (four years part-time or two years full-time), students can graduate with an honours degree. Students can also apply for other design/engineering related degree courses at different institutions. Alternatively, they may choose to seek full-time employment in the construction or civil engineering industry.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS:

Timothy McCaughey EngTech MICE

Background

I left school in 2017 having completed GCSE’s to study a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering before progressing to the HLA in Civil Engineering at Belfast Met in 2019.

What’s next

Being in the final year of my Foundation Degree I have made plans to continue my studies and undertake a MEng Civil Engineering HLA PT at Ulster University with the aim of becoming a Chartered Engineer in the ICE in the future.

Advice for prospective students

Work hard and try to get as much work experience as possible to test out your career interests.

Be open to all opportunities that come your way, don’t be scared to try new things and discover the best career path for you.

Tammy Dodds EngTech MICE

Background

I began my Civil engineering journey at the age of 28 after a career in the military and having my children. I decided on an apprenticeship as I always wanted to have a career in engineering, however having children and bills to pay I felt full-time education was not an option. By completing an apprenticeship, I can earn while I learn and support my family financially.

What’s next

I plan to complete my Foundation degree in civil engineering and continue on the HLA route to complete a BEng and MEng at Ulster University. I will continue my employment with Arup and complete IEng and CEng professional qualifications with the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Advice for prospective students

Be driven and determined in everything you do, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Network – get to know people in the industry and make contacts and push for good work experience.

Go after what YOU want and listen to your gut instinct. If it doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t.

Katie Embleton

Background

Studying A-Level Technology and Design, Mathematics and Digital Technology made me realise my interest in STEM subjects and lead me to apply for this apprenticeship. I liked the idea of being able to work and study simultaneously.

What’s next

To complete this Foundation Degree and continue my studies at Ulster University part-time, whilst working for AECOM. My goal is to become a Chartered Civil Engineer.

Advice for prospective students

Ensure you research and find out about different career choices and what they involve so you are confident in your final decision. Show your eagerness for this career path and gain as much work experience as you can.

Ryan Davis EngTech MICE

Background

After completing GCSE’s and A Levels I was interested in getting involved in the construction industry. I studied the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering with Belfast Met, whilst continually developing and building upon my knowledge and skills within the industry at AECOM.

What’s next

I aim to progress onwards to study the Civil Engineering Higher Level Apprenticeship Part Time course at Ulster University with the end goal of completing a Master Degree in Civil Engineering. Ultimately allowing me to sit a review for Chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Advice for prospective students

If you are interested in getting involved in a construction industry apprenticeship, work hard to try and attain the best results you can at your given stage of study. This will go a long way, potentially allowing you to enter at the Higher Level Apprenticeship stage, and if possible, try and get some work experience within the industry to test out your career interests.

Aparna Jamgade EngTech MICE

Background

I studied GCSEs, A Levels and BArch Degree in India, however due to family commitments and the recession, I had a career gap of 15 years.  But I saw a light in the dark tunnel in the form of the HLA in Civil Engineering and grabbed the opportunity to step into my dream, the world of the Construction Industry.

What’s next

To progress to study the Civil Engineering BEng/MEng at Ulster University and with work experience get Professional Qualification through Certified Construction Industry Institutions (ICE, CIHT) etc.

Advice for prospective students

Work experience will give you an insight of career interests and once it is defined - never give up on your dreams.

Civil EngineeringUlster University

Description

The course in Civil Engineering is designed to allow graduates to work in both consultancy or contracting within industry. It incorporates elements of Structural design, Highway design and Water and Wastewater design.

You will be involved in all aspects of planning and design, construction and operation and maintenance of the various types of Civil Engineering projects such as reservoirs, pipelines, and water/wastewater treatment plants related to the water and wastewater element of the course; roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, ports and airports related to the highways elements of the course and large multi-storey structures, sports stadia, commercial and industrial buildings, power stations related to the structures elements of the course.

The University has one of the most advanced and best equipped highways laboratories in Ireland which is working with clients such as Red Bull Racing and the Highways Agency on Skid Resistance. You will be in this laboratory for testing and will also be using it should you take a highways project.

Part-time attendance is normally one day per week for the duration of the course. However, there are two times when a single week (block release) is required.

Attendance is compulsory on the Higher Level Apprenticeship course and any absence may be reported to your employer and the Department for the Economy who pay the fees for apprentices.

Modules

Year one

Sustainable Construction and Traffic Engineering

Year: 1

This module introduces the construction profession and the construction process in its widest form, examining the interaction between design, construction methods/materials, the programming of work and health and safety issues.

Learning will be supplemented by the use of site visits, in order to examine real situations, and MSProject, a computer software package widely used in industry.

Practical sessions will allow students to be introduced to traffic engineering and carry out assessment of junctions and a carpark.

The module is examined both by continuous assessment and examination.

Digital Construction and Communication

Year: 1

The modern day built environment professional is required to communicate effectively utilising electronic tools with the rest of the project team. This has been mandated by the UK Cabinet Office Construction Strategy, by European Commission procurement regulations and is being followed across the world. This module develops an understanding of the key drivers and barriers to fully implementing Level 2 BIM and points towards the development of level 3 BIM working in the near future. The module develops the foundational skills for internationally recognised BIM Level 2 for the contemporary and future built environment professionals.

Surveying

Year: 1

Proper design, location, positioning and delineation of infrastructure are essential to the built
environment. This module is designed to facilitate learners in developing a working
knowledge of the spatial principles and practices that are essential to the civil engineering,
and construction sectors. Necessary skills are obtainable only through practice in
application of precise measuring and observation equipment. This module offers significant
opportunity to acquire and develop such skills and associated computational methods.

Year two

Materials

Year: 2

An understanding of fundamental behaviour of materials used in civil engineering is essential for their correct specification, design and construction. This module introduces structure and properties of commonly used construction materials and examines their uses and limitations. It also investigates the basic properties and classification of soils. Practical classes help to underpin main principles covered in lectures.

Mathematics - BEng

Year: 2

This module covers those mathematics topics which graduates in the engineering discipline will require for professional practice. For certain engineering courses this module also provides a platform for the further study of mathematics.

The module starts with refresher topics, includes basic algebra, mathematical functions, polynomial equations, logarithms and exponentials, trigonometry, complex numbers, matrices and determinants, vectors, differentiation and integration, and finishes with subject of sequences and series.

Engineering Mechanics

Year: 2

Civil, Safety, and Energy engineering design and construction activities require knowledge of the forces due to the statical and dynamical behaviour of water and the statical behaviour of structures. Methods of determining forces arising from analyses using simple hydrostatics and hydrodynamics are given and applied to practical hydraulics problems. Common analysis methods for simple structures are introduced. Practical classes illustrate the use of these analysis methods at laboratory scale.

Year three

Mathematics for Engineers

Year: 3

This level 5 mathematics module is for engineering students on Built Environment programmes. It covers a variety of mathematical methods appropriate for the solution of problems in engineering. Emphasis is placed on applications in engineering contexts and problem solving tools, rather than on a rigorous exposition of their theoretical basis.

Structures 2

Year: 3

This module develops an understanding of the principles of structural analysis and stress/strain analysis. Deformation analysis and the analysis of statically indeterminate structures by flexibility, stiffness and plastic methods are included. Two and three dimensional stress and strain transformations and interactions are examined and elastic failure theories introduced. Axial buckling is investigated and torsional buckling introduced.

Structural Engineering Design 2

Year: 3

This module considers durability, deformation characteristics, design and quality control of structural materials; philosophy and concepts of key design codes of practice; design methodology and procedures for reinforced concrete, structural steel, timber and brickwork elements, use of proprietary design and detailing computer packages for reinforced concrete and structural steel.

Year four

Safety in Design

Year: 4

An understanding of health and safety in civil engineering is essential to prepare students for both a design office or construction site environment. This module will develop strategies for risk identification and management and emphasise the responsibility on individuals for health, safety and environment issues for their design and workplace.

Geotechnics 2

Year: 4

This module seeks an appreciation of the origin and form of the landscape and its influence on construction, knowledge of raw materials used in construction and an awareness of the geological and environmental considerations influencing engineering practice. The basic concepts of ground engineering are introduced. The fundamental behaviour of soils and the measurement of soil properties are studied together with the techniques and limitations of sub-soil behaviour.

Water Resources 2

Year: 4

The module builds upon previous knowledge of fluid mechanics to prepare students to participate in the design of hydraulic and public engineering projects. Experience is also given in experimental work and report writing.

Year five

Water Resources Engineering 4

Year: 5

The module builds upon previous knowledge of hydraulics, river and water engineering to prepare students to participate in the design of hydraulic, river, hydrological and water engineering projects. Experience is also given in the development of computer methods in and report writing.

Construction Management

Year: 5

The construction industry, including the organisations and the people they employ, is always under pressure to improve its performance with respect to cost, time and quality. The module is a response to these demands, in that it examines current practice and possible areas for change in the management of process and people in design and construction. The module draws together the processes of tendering for construction and decision making within teams in construction/design operations, in the context of relevant contractual arrangements and the people/organisations concerned. The management simulation provides an opportunity for teams to choose suitable strategies for improved performance relating to procurement practice and risk. Practical applications and case studies are employed to bring reality to the classroom.

Project

Year: 5

This module is optional

The module provides opportunity for intensive student directed study of a specialised aspect of civil engineering. It also develops competence in self management as well as written and oral communication skills.

Dissertation

Year: 5

This module is optional

The module provides opportunity for intensive student directed study of a specialised aspect of civil engineering. It also develops competence in self management as well as written and oral communication skills.

Year six

Soil Mechanics 4

Year: 6

Ground engineering and the installation and construction of foundations and earth retaining structures, is imperative for all civil and structural engineers. This module is the basis for the development of such expertise.

Structural analysis and design 4

Year: 6

This module seeks to prepare students for the structural design of a whole project and to introduce them to the stages involved with producing a structural design. Design is presented as following a rational methodology. The module stresses the benefits of the use of sketches in structural analysis and design and further investigates applications of equilibrium, compatibility, and material response relationships.

Civil Engineering Design

Year: 6

This module is optional

The module builds upon previous knowledge of water, highway and infrastructure engineering to prepare students to participate in the design of a broad range of civil engineering projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles and application of sustainable development and requires each student to apply innovation and creativity in a systems approach.

Environmental Engineering 4

Year: 6

This module is optional

The module builds upon previous knowledge of environmental and civil engineering studies and prepares students to participate in the design of a broad range of engineering projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles, appreciation and application of Sustainable Development and requires the student to seek optimum solutions in several environmental challenges, across the themes of waste management, water and wastewater engineering, environmental conservation and climate change.

Highways and Transportation Engineering

Year: 6

This module is optional

This module sets out the procedures and techniques required for the design, implementation and management of transport systems. The student will assimilate knowledge of the policies, regulations and environmental aspects of transportation.

Year seven

Project Management

Year: 7

The module is designed to provide a postgraduate multi disciplinary learning experience on the subject of Project Management. It introduces the concepts of Project Management, examines the recognised practices and accepted principles involved in the project management function, and combines these with an understanding of the increasingly demanding multi-dimensional aspects of the discipline. It provides an overall project orientated management framework (theoretical tempered with world best practice) with local, national and international dimensions within which you can develop your knowledge / understanding and key professional competencies.

Integrated Design studies A

Year: 7

The module builds upon previous knowledge of civil and infrastructure engineering, building services engineering and broader transport and energy issues to prepare students to participate in the design of a broad range of built environment projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles engineering understanding and detailed problem-solving tasks.
There will also be some application of sustainable development within the modules. The modules is designed to allow students to apply innovation and creativity in a systematic approach to this problem solving and development of concept design.

Structural Design for Infrastructure

Year: 7

This module provides students with the opportunity to further their knowledge, understanding and appraisal of the specialist nature of civil engineering structures with a particular emphasis on infrastructure projects. Several techniques are used in design studies of bridge and culvert structures, earth retaining, water retaining and other geotechnical solutions. Specialist geotechnical design methods are introduced for the solution of a range of geotechnical problems.

Infrastructure Design Studies

Year: 7

The module builds upon previous conceptual design experiences, and on the themes offered in the Masters technical modules, and requires a detailed design folio to cover infrastructural aspects of a large project. The connections between the themes will be captured through appraisal of health and safety, investigation of costs and specification, leading to design and detailing of the project. The module is firmly grounded in the principles and application of sustainable development and requires each student to apply innovation and creativity in a systematic approach.

Sustainable Development

Year: 7

This module strengthens student awareness and knowledge of sustainable development and how it can be delivered and measured. It explores a range of economic, environmental and social challenges to determine how the built environment can best respond. It provides an appreciation of the policy and actions needed to deliver a smarter and more resilient built environment.

Year eight

Advanced Materials, Structures and Geotechnics

Year: 8

This module is optional

Knowledge of structural analysis and design is extended and soil structure interaction explored within a challenging case study. Complex geotechnical issues are investigated. Advanced materials are presented to inform and assist the design process.

Numerical Modelling

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module addresses the fundamental principles of the finite element method and sets out techniques of the applications for engineering structures.

Waste Systems

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module addresses prudent resource management and low energy usage wastewater treatment systems. The waste issues cover the fields of municipal, hazardous, commercial, construction and industrial sectors, including yields, collection, treatment and disposal of by-products. Wastewater treatment impact on the environment requires energy efficient and appropriate treatment, and is dealt with through secondary and tertiary processes, as well as their effective management due to potential pollution from sewage discharges.

Utilities and Water Engineering

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module describes and develops a broad range of water engineering and utilities services covering legislation, construction, remediation and decommissioning. Hydraulic analysis and performance of key elements of water supply and distribution systems will be given detailed attention; this will all be set in the context of water supply resilience.

Structural Fire Engineering

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module considers durability, building code requirements, structural fire testing, material properties at elevated temperatures, thermally induced structural behaviour, in the context of structural design against fire.

Highway Asset Management

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module introduces the professional skills necessary to design, appraise and maintain a safe sustainable highway, applying a range of technical and managerial systems.

Award

BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons)

Validated By

Ulster University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

A level

BBB including

A-Level Essential:
Mathematics
and one subject from Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Geography, Applied Science or DA Science, Life and Health Science (single or double award), Technology (including Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Environmental Technology, Environmental Science and Digital Technology).

As long as the two-subject requirement is met, applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

For further information on the requirements for this course please contact the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.

Applied General Qualifications

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction or Civil Engineering.Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics or Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment and a Distinction in Structural Mechanics or Public Health Engineering.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction and a Distinction in Structural Mechanics or Public Health Engineering.

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering.
Award profile of DDM to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction and a Distinction in Structural Mechanics or Public Health Engineering.

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics or Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and a Distinction in Mechanical Technology or Mechanical Principles.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems anda Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics or Distinction in Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics.

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering.
Award profile of DDM to include a Distinction in Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems anda Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics or Distinction in Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics.

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade B in Mathematics.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade B in Mathematics

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade B in Mathematics

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB one of which must be Mathematics.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB one of which must be Mathematics.

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB oneof which must be Mathematics.

The subject requirement must be met.

Please note that OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications do not satisfy the subject requirements for this course and will be accepted as grade only when presented with A levels and BTEC qualifications in the required subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of five subjects (four of which must be at higher level) to include English at H6 if studied at Higher Level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level. This course also requires you to achieve H3 in Mathematics and one other science/technological subject from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Technical Drawing/Graphics, Construction, Engineering or Geography.

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

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Scottish Highers

Grades BBBCC to include grade B in Mathematics and grade B in one other subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical drawing/graphics.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades CCC to include Mathematics and one other subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical Drawing/Graphics.

International Baccalaureate

Overall is minimum 26 points (13 at higher level) to include minimum grade 5 in HL Mathematics and grade 5 in another HL science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access Course (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course) in a Science, Technology or Engineering subject area with an overall mark of 65% to include 65% in each of the level 3 modules and to include 65% in NICATS level 2 Maths module for Year 1 entry.

Overall profile of 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits (60 credit Access Course) (GB Access Course).

GCSE

GCSE Mathematics Grade B, C* 5 (or equivalent)

If A Level Physics is not being offered then Double Award Science at grades BB, C*C*, 55 or GCSE Physics, Chemistry or Further Maths grade B, C*, 5 is required.

GCSE English Language at grade C or 4.

Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Application of Number is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

HNC
Pass QCF HNC in Civil Engineering/Construction with overall Distinction to include 90 level 4 credits at Distinction to include Analytical Methods and Strutural Analysis and Design.

Pass RQF HNC in Civil Engineering/Construction with overall Distinction to include 90 level 4 credits at Distinction to include Mathematics in Construction and Principles of Sturctural Design.

HND Year 1
Pass HND (120 credits in level 5 moudles) in Civil Engineering. GCSE Maths Grade C/4 or an alternative Mathematics qualification acceptable to the University is also required.

HND Year 2
Pass HND in Civil Engineering with overall Merit to include 60 L5 credits at Distinction and a Merit in Engineering Maths and Merit in either Structural Analysis, Hydraulics/Hydrology and Soil Mechanics.

Ulster Foundation Degree Year 1
Pass in Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering/Construction to include 55% in the 20 credit Maths moudle. GCSE Maths grade C.

Ulster Foundation Degree Year 2
Pass in Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering with an overall mark of 55%, and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules, and 55% in the 20 credit Maths module. Applicants will normally be considered for year 2 entry to the linked Honours degree.

Exemptions and transferability

Depending on experience in industry or previous qualifications - exemptions to some or all year 1 and year 2 modules may be permitted.

Progress to the MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering is permitted on achieving an average of 60% or above in the equivalent of the second year of the full-time BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course.

Duration

8

Start Date

Thursday 12 September 2024

End Date

Monday 28 June 2032

Progression Pathway

Civil EngineeringQUB

Description

You will be tackling some of the biggest challenges of the modern world, such as achieving sustainable living in an increasingly urbanised society. As the demands on resources like water, energy and land increase, there is a strong need for qualified Civil Engineers with the relevant technical skills but who also possess an ethical awareness of the environmental impact of the projects they undertake.

It is a broad discipline that deals with the very infrastructure of society from our bridges to our water and energy resources, and our roads. Our degree programmes are concerned with the planning, design, construction, sustainability, management and maintenance of this infrastructure. Fields of activity include structures, transportation, foundations and water engineering.

The programme aims to produce apprentices equipped for professional roles in industry, the professions and public service. The programme will be submitted to Joint Board of Moderators for accreditation as meeting the academic requirements for IEng and Partial CEng.

Civil Engineering was one of the founding degrees at Queen's, making it one of the oldest in the UK and Ireland. Staff lead high-quality research and are recognised for their excellence in teaching.

Civil Engineering Higher Level Apprenticeship Highlights

Professional Accreditations

Civil Engineering at Queens is an Academic Partner of the Institution of Civil Engineers and we have one of the highest graduate employment rates in the Russell Group of Universities.
www.ice.org.uk

The programme will be submitted for accreditation to the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for 3 Institution of Civil Engineers is a Registered Charity in England & Wales (no 210252) and Scotland (SC038629) Website Wording for Accredited Courses Version 2 Revision 7 – 03 August 2022 the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
www.jbm.org.uk

Industry Links

Our strong links with employers gives you access to a range of opportunities, for example the opportunity for sponsorship through the national QUEST Scholarship Scheme. We also have an extensive Civil Engineering Advisory Panel, which includes members from the major employers.

Career Development

Our programme requires apprentices to be in Civil Engineering employment from the outset. It is designed around the needs of apprentices and employers, offering access to work leading staff and exciting learning opportunities.

Internationally Renowned Experts

Queen’s is a leader in civil engineering research, and our exceptional teaching is informed by the latest research into global challenges like environmentally sustainable urban development and prosperity, and technological innovation. You’ll learn from staff and guest lecturers who are engaged in international, award winning research and practice.
https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/NBE/Disciplines/civil-and-structural-engineering/

Student Experience

We have a vibrant Queen’s University Belfast Engineering Society (QUBES) which is actively engaged in professional meetings and social activities. These activities are supported and nurtured by the academic staff.

Modules

Introduction

This degree is designed to provide apprentices with a good foundation for a professional career as a chartered Civil Engineer. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of theory through design and laboratory work. The degrees contain an element of choice, but all apprentices are required to take courses which will equip them with the technical, management and professional skills needed for a career in civil engineering.

Years 1 & 2

Apprentices study the fundamentals of civil engineering theory and practice. This forms the transition from the basic mathematics and sciences studied at secondary level to engineering applications.

Year 1 & 2 courses provide a foundation in engineering, construction materials, surveying, and engineering design, structural behaviour and hydraulics.

Years 3

Year 3 is when the knowledge in core topics: structures, geotechnics, management and site characteristics are further enhanced in preparation for practice/learning. This year provides a flavour of the different fields within Civil Engineering and will help apprentices to identify their career path.

The courses develop apprentice understanding of the core areas of geotechnics, structures and design. Important skills will be developed in project management, modern methods of construction and how civil engineers work in a changing environment.

Years 4 & 5

Theory is applied in a professional context in Years 4 & 5. The modules offered are related to modern methods of construction, digital technology in construction, infrastructure methods, management and research. Important skills will be developed in project management, modern methods of construction and how civil engineers work in a changing environment. The modules offered in these two years are unique to HLA programme and provide a holistic overview of the infrastructure management and will equip apprentices with skills to communicate to a wider audience.

All apprentices undertake a major individual research project aligning to their practice.

The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2023/24). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

  • Hydraulics (20 credits)

  • Infrastructure Site Characterisation (20 credits)

  • Solids and Structures 1 (20 credits)

  • Design and Communications 1 (20 credits)

  • Construction Materials (20 credits)

  • Surveying and Measurement (20 credits)

  • Modern Methods of Construction and Digital Technologies (20 credits)

  • Engineering for a Changing Environment (20 credits)

  • Design and Communications 2 (20 credits)

  • Project Management and Engineering Data (20 credits)

  • Structural Mechanics (20 credits)

  • Geotechnics 2 (20 credits)

  • Industrial Project (40 credits)

  • Structures 3 (20 credits)

  • Whole Life Management of Structures (20 credits)

  • Durability of Structures (20 credits)

  • Geotechnics 3 (20 credits)


Contact Teaching Hours

Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial

3 (hours maximum)
Typically 3 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week.

Personal Study

6 (hours maximum)
Typically 6 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

Medium Group Teaching

3 (hours maximum)
Typically 3 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.

Large Group Teaching

3 (hours maximum)
Typically 3 hours of lectures.

Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and apprentice support to enable apprentices to achieve their full academic potential.

In Civil Engineering we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our apprentices to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

  • E-Learning technologies

    Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Canvas. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use specialist IT programmes associated with design in practicals and project- based work etc.

  • Lectures

    Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).

  • Personal Tutor

    Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Year 1 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.

  • Practicals

    Where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. You will be expected to attend a number of practicals per week depending on your year of study. These are designed to reinforce the core subjects you are studying.

  • Self-directed study

    This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s apprentice when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.

  • Seminars/tutorials

    Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups. These provide an opportunity for apprentices to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.

  • Supervised projects

    In final year, you will be expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology that you have chosen. You will receive support from a supervisor who will guide you in terms of how to carry out your research and will provide feedback to you on at least 2 occasions during the write up stage.

  • Work Based Learning

    The Civil Engineering HLA includes Work Based Learning (WBL). The purpose of which is to enhance the apprentice journey by connecting the two pillars of on-the-job and off-the-job learning together and providing a richer experience. The on-the-job learning will be recognised within the programme and will contribute 50 CAT points of academic credit across the first two years of the HLA. The WBL relates to content which all civil engineers will develop at a very early stage in their career and will be developing during their four days per week of training with their employer. The subject matter for WBL which will contribute to the degree will be based on concepts which all apprentices would be expected to encounter very early in their careers regardless of the background of their employer (Client, Consultant, Contractor). All Civil Engineers will be expected to develop drafting & communication and basic surveying skills. These skills are developed within modules typically containing Design and Surveying components. The specific example of ‘drafting’ or ‘surveying’ will vary from employer to employer so examples utilised (structures, road layout, pipe networks etc) in demonstrating these skills will vary. However, the core skill developed can be demonstrated universally.

Assessment

Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

  • The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each course. Some courses are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each course is assessed are shown in the Apprentice Handbook which is provided to all apprentices during their first year induction.

Feedback

As apprentices progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, course co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University apprentices are expected to take a greater role in reflecting on this and taking the initiative in continuously improving the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.

  • Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.

  • Placement employer comments or references.

  • Online or emailed comment

  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.

  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.

  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.

  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

  • Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.

Award

BEng

Validated By

Queen's University Belfast

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

A level requirements

BBC including grades BB in Mathematics and at least one from Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Digital Technology, Environmental Technology, Geography, ICT (not Applied ICT), Physics, Software Systems Development, Technology and Design or Double Award Life & Health Sciences.

Applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C/4 in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/44.

A maximum of one BTEC/OCR Single Award will be accepted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications with a Distinction being equated to a grade B at A-level and a Merit being equated to a grade C at A-level.

Irish leaving certificate requirements

H3H3H3H3H4 including Higher Level grades H3 in Mathematics and a Science subject (see list under A-level requirements)

If not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 required in English.

BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma

(QCF) BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3), with overall grades DDM. Distinctions will be required in four specified units (40 credits), including Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

Or

(RQF) BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 GLH at Level 3) with overall grades DDM. Distinctions will be required in four specified units, including Engineering Principles and Further Engineering Mathematics.

Extended Diploma/National Extended Diploma must be relevant.

Applicants are also required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4.

Applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C/4 in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/44.

Access/Foundation Course

Successful completion of a relevant Access Course with 65% in each module.

Must be a relevant Access Course including two modules in Mathematics (Level 3) and two modules in Physics and/or Chemistry (Level 3).

BTEC Higher National Certificate

For applicants offering a relevant Higher National Certificate (HNC), the requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 6 Merits and remainder Passes. Merit grades will be required in three specified units eg Applied Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment, Applied Mathematics for Complex Engineering Problems and Structural Analysis and Design.

A relevant HNC in Engineering is required, including Analytical/Mathematical units.

Applicants are also required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4.

All applicants completing an HNC are considered for entry to Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2 of the part-time HLA).

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Applicants offering a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) may be considered for entry to Stage 2 (Years 2 and 3 of the part-time HLA). The duration of the programme will be 4 years. The relevant HND must include: Applied Maths for Construction and the Built Environment or Applied Maths for Complex Engineering plus Structural Analysis, Science & Materials, Soil Mechanics and Hydraulic Principles or other modules deemed suitable by the university.

Applicants must have at least 2 first year modules at Merit grade and the remainder Passes. Students would be required to achieve 8 Merits from modules assessed in final year. A Merit grade would be required in each of the stipulated modules outlined above.

Applicants are also required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4.

Foundation Degree

Applicants offering a Foundation Degree in a relevant subject eg Civil Engineering may be considered for entry to Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4 of the part-time HLA). The Foundation Degree must include:

Mathematics 1 and Mathematics 2 plus two modules from: Structural Analysis & Design, Fluids & Hydraulics or Geology & Soil Mechanics

OR

Mathematics & Structures and Further Mathematics plus two modules from: Fluid Mechanics & Water Resources, Surveying for Civil Engineering or Geology & Soil Mechanics

OR

Mathematics for Engineers and Mathematics & Structures plus two from: Fluid Mechanics & Water Resources, Surveying 1 or Introductory Geology & Soil Mechanics

Applicants must have at least an average of 50% in first year modules with all modules passed. Students would be required to achieve an average of 55% in final year modules with no less than 50% in relevant modules.

Applicants are also required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4.

All applicants

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants must provide evidence of their ability in appropriate skills and knowledge to undertake the programme. Guidance is available for such applicants on the University's website (see link below) and any evidence submitted will be assessed by subject specialists who will determine an applicant’s suitability for the course. Applicants may be required to attend for interview.

For entry in 2025 applicants will be considered for Stage1/Stage 2 depending on skills and knowledge demonstrated within the evidence provided.
https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicStudentAffairs/AcademicAffairs/GeneralRegulations/Procedures/ProceduresforRecognitionofPriorLearningRPL/

Note

Applicants must satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements as specified in the University Calendar of General Regulations. In addition, the following minimum criteria apply:

GCSE (or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) – English Language at Grade C/4 or above (Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable in lieu of a Grade C/4 in GCSE English Language).

How we choose our students

APPLICANTIONS WILL OPEN IN LATE DECEMBER 2024

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Natural and Built Environment. Application for the BEng Civil Engineering, (part-time), Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA), is by Direct Entry and prospective applicants can access the application via the Apply tab.

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your application.

At the time of application for the BEng Civil Engineering, (part-time), Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA), applicants must have already secured remunerative employment. Applicants are required to provide details of their employer and attach a scanned copy of their letter from the employer detailing the offer of employment.

1 When completed, the form, together with the required supporting documents, should be scanned and emailed to the Admissions and Access Service (admissions.hla@qub.ac.uk), as soon as possible, and not later than the closing date indicated. (Please see point 3 below.)

2 The application form should be accompanied by:

• scanned copies of all qualification certificates/transcripts, for qualifications already completed;
• a scanned copy of your letter from the employer detailing the offer of employment;
• a covering email may also be submitted.

3 Time limited application - Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and not later than Friday 25 July 2025 at 4.00 pm. However, in the event that the BEng Civil Engineering (part-time) HLA receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close applications earlier than advertised. When capacity is reached, eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list and should places become available, they will be notified. In these circumstances it may be necessary to consider applications in date/time order of receipt. Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as late and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your application form, which is considered by an Admissions Manager/Officer from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Academic Selector from the School. Therefore, it is important to include all required information.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions.hla@qub.ac.uk) providing full details of your enquiry.

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If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

Duration

5

Start Date

Wednesday 18 September 2024

End Date

Friday 31 August 2029

Progression Pathway

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
BBC including grades BB in Mathematics and at least one from Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Digital Technology, Environmental Technology, Geography, ICT (not Applied ICT), Physics, Software Systems Development, Technology and Design or Double Award Life & Health Sciences.

Applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C/4 in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/44.

A maximum of one BTEC/OCR Single Award will be accepted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications with a Distinction being equated to a grade B at A-level and a Merit being equated to a grade C at A-level.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H4 including Higher Level grades H3 in Mathematics and a Science subject (see list under A-level requirements)

If not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 required in English.

BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
(QCF) BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3), with overall grades DDM. Distinctions will be required in four specified units (40 credits), including Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

Or

(RQF) BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 GLH at Level 3) with overall grades DDM. Distinctions will be required in four specified units, including Engineering Principles and Further Engineering Mathematics.

Extended Diploma/National Extended Diploma must be relevant.

Applicants are also required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4.

Applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C/4 in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/44.

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of a relevant Access Course with 65% in each module.

Must be a relevant Access Course including two modules in Mathematics (Level 3) and two modules in Physics and/or Chemistry (Level 3).

BTEC Higher National Certificate
For applicants offering a relevant Higher National Certificate (HNC), the requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 6 Merits and remainder Passes. Merit grades will be required in three specified units eg Applied Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment, Applied Mathematics for Complex Engineering Problems and Structural Analysis and Design.

A relevant HNC in Engineering is required, including Analytical/Mathematical units.

Applicants are also required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4.

All applicants completing an HNC are considered for entry to Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2 of the part-time HLA).

BTEC Higher National Diploma
Applicants offering a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) may be considered for entry to Stage 2 (Years 2 and 3 of the part-time HLA). The duration of the programme will be 4 years. The relevant HND must include: Applied Maths for Construction and the Built Environment or Applied Maths for Complex Engineering plus Structural Analysis, Science & Materials, Soil Mechanics and Hydraulic Principles or other modules deemed suitable by the university.

Applicants must have at least 2 first year modules at Merit grade and the remainder Passes. Students would be required to achieve 8 Merits from modules assessed in final year. A Merit grade would be required in each of the stipulated modules outlined above.

Applicants are also required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4.

Foundation Degree
Applicants offering a Foundation Degree in a relevant subject eg Civil Engineering may be considered for entry to Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4 of the part-time HLA). The Foundation Degree must include:

Mathematics 1 and Mathematics 2 plus two modules from: Structural Analysis & Design, Fluids & Hydraulics or Geology & Soil Mechanics

OR

Mathematics & Structures and Further Mathematics plus two modules from: Fluid Mechanics & Water Resources, Surveying for Civil Engineering or Geology & Soil Mechanics

OR

Mathematics for Engineers and Mathematics & Structures plus two from: Fluid Mechanics & Water Resources, Surveying 1 or Introductory Geology & Soil Mechanics

Applicants must have at least an average of 50% in first year modules with all modules passed. Students would be required to achieve an average of 55% in final year modules with no less than 50% in relevant modules.

Applicants are also required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4.

All applicants
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants must provide evidence of their ability in appropriate skills and knowledge to undertake the programme. Guidance is available for such applicants on the University's website (see link below) and any evidence submitted will be assessed by subject specialists who will determine an applicant’s suitability for the course. Applicants may be required to attend for interview.

For entry in 2024 applicants will be considered for Stage1/Stage 2 depending on skills and knowledge demonstrated within the evidence provided.
https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicStudentAffairs/AcademicAffairs/GeneralRegulations/Procedures/ProceduresforRecognitionofPriorLearningRPL/

Note
Applicants must satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements as specified in the University Calendar of General Regulations. In addition, the following minimum criteria apply:

GCSE (or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) – English Language at Grade C/4 or above (Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable in lieu of a Grade C/4 in GCSE English Language).

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your application.

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your application.

At the time of application for the BEng Civil Engineering, (part-time), Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA), applicants must have already secured remunerative employment. Applicants are required to provide details of their employer and attach a scanned copy of their letter from the employer detailing the offer of employment.

1 When completed, the form, together with the required supporting documents, should be scanned and emailed to the Admissions and Access Service (admissions.hla@qub.ac.uk), as soon as possible, and not later than the closing date indicated. (Please see point 3 below.)

2 The application form should be accompanied by:

• scanned copies of all qualification certificates/transcripts, for qualifications already completed;
• a scanned copy of your letter from the employer detailing the offer of employment;
• a covering email may also be submitted.

3 Time limited application - Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and not later than Friday 26 July 2024 at 4.00 pm. However, in the event that the BEng Civil Engineering (part-time) HLA receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close applications earlier than advertised. When capacity is reached, eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list and should places become available, they will be notified. In these circumstances it may be necessary to consider applications in date/time order of receipt. Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as late and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your application form, which is considered by an Admissions Manager/Officer from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Academic Selector from the School. Therefore, it is important to include all required information.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the Admissions and Access Service at Queen's University (admissions.hla@qub.ac.uk) providing full details of your enquiry.

Civil EngineeringSouth West College

Description

This course is designed to prepare learners for a career in Civil Engineering and related industries at higher technician level. It will provide learners with specific practical and professional skills in analysis, organisation, design, teamwork and communication. The course also aims to prepare learners to progress to Honours Degree level study or directly enter employment as a highly skilled employee.

Accredited IEng (Partial)

This qualification is approved by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council.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. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for IEng.

EngTech

This qualification is approved by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully satisfying the educational base for an Engineering Technician (EngTech).

See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Assessment Method

Learners will be assessed by coursework, examinations or a combination of both. Coursework assignments will include practical activities, laboratory experiments, live projects and group presentations. Learners will also be assessed in the workplace as part of the assessment for the Work based Learning module.

Modules

This course contains all the core modules associated with Civil Engineering, including Structural Mechanics, Geotechnics, Hydraulics and Road Design. Surveying, CAD and Technology will also be covered.

  • Civil Engineering Technology & Materials

  • Geology & Soil Mechanics

  • Surveying for Civil Engineers

  • Mathematics & Structures

  • 2D & 3D CAD for Civil Engineers

  • Civil Engineering Project & Professional Development

  • Work-based Learning

  • Infrastructure & Engineering Design

  • Civil Engineering Management & Measurement

  • Fluid Mechanics & Water Engineering

  • Further Mathematics for Civil Engineers

Award

Foundation Degree

Validated By

Ulster University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

56 UCAS points (part-time) - AS /A Level/BTEC qualifications or approved equivalent, GSCE English and Maths at Grade C or University-approved equivalent. Applicants must hold an A Level pass in one of the following subject areas: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Geography, Applied Science or DA Science, Life and Health Science (single or double award), Technology (including Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Environmental Technology and Digital Technology). Alternative qualifications such as BTEC National awards in STEM subjects are also acceptable. Mature Learners will be assessed on an individual basis. Refer to general entry requirements.

Duration

3

Start Date

Thursday 12 September 2024

End Date

Saturday 26 June 2027

Progression Pathway

Graduates may (subject to performance) progress to BEng Honours Degree in Civil Engineering or BSc Honours Civil Engineering. Exemptions may also be given for entry onto BSc Honours Construction Engineering and Management validated The Open University. These programmes are offered at Ulster University, Belfast. Learners may take up employment in the private sector with civil engineering consultants, contractors or specialists or in the public sector in government departments.

Career Opportunities

  • Structural Engineering

  • Environmental Engineering

  • Transportation Engineering

  • Geotechnical Engineering

  • Water Resource Engineering

  • Project Management

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