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Civil Engineering BTEC HNC

Overview

The engineers that made the world

From the rebuilding of inner cities to remarkable constructions like the Channel tunnel, the world is full of building and infrastructure projects that couldn’t happen without civil engineers. This course has been developed with input from our Industrial Advisory Panel to give a practical design-orientated course which will equip you with the skills and qualifications you need to join the construction industry.

If you intend to do a part-time degree at LSBU, we advise taking the HNC route, as it is closely integrated into our degree programmes. Year 2 of the HNC is also designed for graduates from other fields, now working in civil engineering.

We guarantee all undergraduate Home/EU students a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

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Why Civil Engineering at LSBU?

No. 1 London modern university for Civil Engineering, Sunday Times League Table 2017.
Accredited by the Engineering Council as fully satisfying the educational base for an Engineering Technician.
Industry relevant: Our Industry Advisory Panel advises on course content.
Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction and research intensity in Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
Academic progression: Progress to degree level via a part-time route.
Day release route: Allows for completion of course while maintaining work commitments.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time (Jersey)
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

The course explores the fundamentals of civil engineering, leaving you well prepared for entry on to the full degree programme. It covers mathematics, engineering mechanics, construction technology, and practice skills.

If you intend to do a part-time degree at LSBU, we advise taking the HNC route, as it is closely integrated into our degree programmes. Year 2 of the HNC is also designed for graduates from other fields, now working in civil engineering.

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

You'll  develop a wide range of employability skills through our 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.

Employability Service

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

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

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.


Carlos Gonzalo

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

Carlos Gonzalo is a lecturer in both Civil and Building Services Engineering of the School of Built Environment and Architecture.


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.


Dr Vireen Limbachiya

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer

Dr Vireen Limbachiya is a lecturer in Civil Engineering and works in the School of Built Environment and Architecture.


Dr David McGovern

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Lecturer

Dr David J. McGovern is a Lecturer in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University (LSBU).


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

Year Tutoring

As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.  

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have meetings with your year tutor in small groups every week throughout your course.  One-on-one meetings can be arranged on request.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person

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 (Jersey)
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
5367
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
2314
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4625International fee: £6562.5
AOS/LSBU code: 2314Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9250
International £13125

Fee prices

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

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.

Possible fee changes

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%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course. 

Enrolling

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

 
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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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