Below are the sessions that are available for this course.
The aim of this course is to build upon the interest learners may already have in the field of civil engineering, to develop their skills, deepen their understanding, and prepare them either to progress to Higher Education in the field, advance within their current employment or enter the industry directly. The practical nature of the course helps develop the learner's expertise in the area of civil engineering through hands-on experience, case studies, and projects. Learners will develop skills, knowledge and understanding using the latest industry-standard software and technologies.
The course is suitable for school leavers wishing to progress to a Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering or other construction related Foundation Degree at SWC, including Higher Level Apprenticeship. Those who have been in industry who wish to progress their career often complete this course. Traditionally the course is undertaken part time, 1 day per week giving students the opportunity to work part-time/continue in existing employment. Students will also have the opportunity to complete Essential Skills or GCSE qualifications in Mathematics, English and ICT.
The student experience will be enhanced by visits to construction sites helping to contextualise the learning. Guest speakers from disciplines across the industry also regularly deliver lectures on specialised topics.
Health and Safety in Construction
Site Engineering for Construction
Further Mathematics for Construction
Construction in Civil Engineering
Three of the units are externally assessed: Construction Principles (examination), Construction Design (set tasks) and Tendering and Estimating (set tasks). All other units are internally assessed by projects and coursework assignments.
Upon successful completion, learners may progress to a range of Higher Education courses such as a Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Engineering and many other related programmes. It is also possible to progress directly into employment, or in some cases to self-employment, using the skills learned. If in existing employment then opportunities for promotion may present themselves.
Four GCSEs grade C or above or Level 2 BTEC. Entry is subject to a successful interview.