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Civil Engineering BTEC HNC

Overview

Civil Engineers create, improve and protect the environment in which we live. The discipline deals with designing, constructing and managing our physical and naturally built environment including roads, buildings and bridges.

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No.1: London modern university for Civil Engineering, Sunday Times League Table 2017.
Professional accreditation: Accredited by the Engineering Council, carried out by the Joint Board of Moderators, as fully satisfying the educational base for an Engineering Technician.
Industry relevant: Our Industry Advisory Panel Advises on course content.
Career progression: Year two of the HNC is a bridge into the part-time degree for graduates from other fields now working in civil engineering and the course is closely integrated with our full degrees
Overall excellence: No. 2 University in London for teaching and No.3 for Academic support and student voice in Civil Engineering (National Student Survey 2017).
Academic progression: Progress to degree level via a part-time route.
Day release route: Allows for completion of course while maintaining work commitments.

This course covers...

The course explores the fundamentals of civil engineering, leaving you well prepared for entry on to the full degree programme. The course covers:

  • mathematics
  • engineering mechanics
  • construction technology
  • practice skills.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Year 1

  • Materials and geology
    This module will introduce you to the properties and applications of a variety of engineering materials, including some innovative materials. In addition, it will introduce you to engineering geology and geomaterials (rock and soils). Whilst traditional lectures and laboratories will be used as a means of delivering the course content, there will also be emphasis on the teaching in the field through site visits and field trips. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Construction practice
    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Engineering mechanics B
    This module provides an introduction to the fundamental engineering principles relevant to civil engineers, develops the fundamental principles of engineering mathematics and fluid mechanics, and applies them to practical applications of analysis and design. This module will teach you engineering mathematics and will help you understand the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics related to hydrostatic forces, measure the pressure at point in a fluid, and establish the stability of floating bodies, flow in simple pipe systems and open channels. You'll perform simple fluid flow laboratory tests and prepare a formal report. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam. 

Year 2

  • Structures and construction technology B
    This module will teach you the fundamentals of structural mechanics and strength of material, and you'll use numerous worked examples to complement your understanding. You'll be introduced to a computer aided analysis package. You'll reinforce your understanding of structural concepts by studying some well known historical failures. Finally, you'll develop introductory principles of structural engineering design though open-ended exercises and case studies. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Engineering surveying
    This module will introduce you to the basic theory and practice of land surveying, particularly as it applies to civil engineering. You'll learn or revise the main concepts of three-dimensional geometry and relate them to practical surveying exercises. You'll be taught to use various pieces of surveying equipment, including tape, level, theodolite and total station. You'll learn how measurements are taken and booked, and how to carry out various relevant computations, including the assessment of error and the calculation of reduced level, coordinates and bearings. You'll use the knowledge you've acquired to carry out a field project. This project will involve tape and offset survey, levelling, traversing and calculation of volume. In addition you'll learn to carry out simple setting out procedures, including the analysis and setting out of curves, and you'll be introduced to the concepts of GPS and its associated technology. You'll learn the associated surveying calculations, adjustment and analysis of survey observations. Finally, you'll gain an appreciation of the need for a quality management process/system in undertaking practical work. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Mathematics B
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the Civil Engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of students to reach an equivalent A-level maths and then extending it by introducing the main mathematical techniques that are required in the early stages of Civil engineering degrees. The module is delivered over two semesters. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Employability

As this course is designed primarily to assist those already employed within civil engineering to further their careers, this course will prepare you for promotion and new career opportunities within civil engineering.

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through: the emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching; and a focus on a range of technical knowledge and skills.

Graduate success stories

Recent students from this course have gone onto jobs such as: Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Senior Structural Technician, Civil Engineer and Network Maintenance Manager.

Continuing to degree level qualifications

If you complete this course, you will be able to apply for further study at undergraduate level, including our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering.

If you excel at HNC level, you may be offered advanced entry to the Honours degree programme, subject to meeting minimum professional experience levels.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff

Alessio Corso

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Alessio has lectured in Higher Education since 2010 and has worked in industry as a Product Design Engineer, specialising in medical products.


Dr Ivana Kraincanic

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer in CD-BSc Civil Engineering

Ivana has extensive knowledge of flexible offshore pipelines, oil platforms, offshore wind turbines, concrete structures, steel fibre reinforced concrete, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.


Dr Héctor Ulises Levatti López

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Structural Analysis, Design and Geotechnics/Fluids

Dr Levatti is a specialist in hydromechanical coupled problems in soils as well as in stress analysis for non-conventional structures combining structural optimisation and Additive Manufacturing.


Stephen Vary

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for HNC Civil Engineering

Steven joined LSBU in 2007 and teaches Structural Design on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


Facilities

  • Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

    Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

    This £2.8million facility is a unique, teaching, research and demonstration resource for renewable and intelligent energy solutions.

  • Constructionarium for civil engineers

    Constructionarium for civil engineers

    The Constructionarium is a national learning facility created for civil engineering undergraduates to gain a practical site experience. Spread over six days, the Constructionarium allows students to develop practical skills and establish working links with industry.

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Teaching and learning

If you intend to do a part-time degree at LSBU it is advisable to take the HNC route as it is closely integrated with our degrees. Year two of the HNC is also used as a bridge into the part-time degree for graduates from other fields now working in civil engineering. 

This course is ideal for those with a National Certificate in related topics, or a relevant A Level, to further their studies, and also for those intending to progress to degree level by a part-time route.This course is proving very popular with graduates from other fields now working in civil engineering, and with people from Europe working in London and seeking to extend their technical education, using the part-time route. It is also a very cost effective way for local students to continue to work their way through a technical education using the day release route.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level EEE or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MPP or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 45 Passes  or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 48 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physical Science
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
2314
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4625International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 2314Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9250
International £12500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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Course Enquiries - UK/EU

Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Course Enquiries - International

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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