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:
Surveying and quantity surveying
The course also addresses the mathematical requirements for progression to higher education.
Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. 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.
All units are assessed through assignment work completed throughout the academic year that will show how you applied the knowledge gained. Some of these assignments will be based around practical work carried out during the unit session.
All assignment work has to be completed within the timescales provided and is restricted to a single submission. In extreme cases an extension of time can be granted by the internal verifier and one resubmission granted.
4 GCSEs 9-4 including English and maths at grade 6
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.
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.