A career in civil engineering is all about creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live. In fact, our society would not function without civil engineers and civil engineering. A career in civil engineering would see you involved in seeing through civil engineering projects from design stage to construction and completion. During your career, civil engineering projects might include the development and construction of bridges, tunnels, roads, railways, dams, pipelines and major buildings.
One reason that young engineers give for choosing civil engineering is 'variety'. You might be in the office, working on designs at a computer and liaising with the client or you could be on site, leading teams, solving problems and literally being 'hands-on'.
This course has a number of mandatory units to complete, along with a wide selection of optional units from which you can select those that match your interests.
For entry to the Level 3 Extended Diploma you will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or Pass at L2 functional literacy), and a grade B in Maths. Students are advised that they should study A-Level Maths alongside this qualification if they intend to progress to a degree in Civil Engineering at university.
Students are advised that they should study A-Level Maths alongside this qualification if they intend to progress to a degree in Civil Engineering at University.
Career options: having gained this qualification the options available include Architectural Technician, Civil Engineering Technician, Computer Aided Design Technician, Setting Out Technician, Site Agents Technician, Planning Technician, Highways Technician, Environmental Services Technician and Surveying Technician.
University Degrees that are appropriate progression from this qualification are: Architecture, Architectural Technology, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Land Surveying, Estate Management, Environmental Engineering, Marine Engineering, Mining Engineering, Geo technical Engineering or Town & Country Planning.
We also recommend the Foundation Degree in Construction and the Surveying at South Cheshire College, leading to the option of a BSc Honours top-up year in Building Management and Surveying.