Civil Engineering at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW Learn the skills required to plan, design, build and manage civil engineering projects with UWS’s BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering programme.To equip you with the wide-ranging skills and knowledge sought after by employers, this programme covers the following areas: • Mathematics • Structural analysis and design • Hydraulics • Surveying • Project management • Geotechnics Regular guest lectures from industry professionals will provide you with insight to what working life as a civil engineer is really like. This programme also offers a placement option where you complete 36 weeks of industrial training to prepare you for employment in the civil engineering industry following graduation. PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS • This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Candidates must hold a masters or doctorate accredited as further learning for CEng to hold accredited qualifications for CEng registration. See for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng. • The practical nature of the civil engineering course means that you will visit construction sites and spend time at the National Construction College as part of the degree where you will study modern practices in sustainableconstruction including environmental awareness, health and safety, and construction technology. • As a UWS Civil Engineering graduate, you will have the skills to make useful contributions to any professional team from the moment you start your fulltime career. PROGRAMME DETAILS UWS’s School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences is home to industrystandard software and well-equipped experimental and computing laboratories, workshops and teaching facilities to help you gain the theoretical and practical skills needed to work in the civil engineering industry. CAREERS Graduates from this programme have secured roles including graduate civil engineer and graduate structural engineer for organisations such as: • Graham • Balfour Beatty • BAM Nuttall • Arup • Atkins • Amey • WSP • Network Rail


Year 1 You will commence your studies in Year one by establishing a solid engineering foundation. In the first year of study, subjects include mathematics, engineering mechanics, applied engineering science, communication, drawing and computing skills and an introduction to the engineering industry. Year 2 In year 2, the curriculum will cover topics such as sustainable construction, civil engineering materials, design of structural elements, mathematics for design, hydraulics and surveying. Year 3 Year 3 includes structural engineering, water resources engineering, construction technology, project management and soil mechanics. Team building skills are developed via an interdisciplinary group design project (InterAct) module working with students from different universities in Glasgow. Year 4 The Honours year of the undergraduate degree includes structural engineering, ground and highway engineering, modern practices in construction, and advanced construction materials. The final year also includes, a major individual project which allows you to investigate the civil engineering subject of your choice.

Assessment method

The teaching and assessment methods employed by staff in the delivery of the course portfolio covers a wide range of established and contemporary approaches. The methods of assessment used include examinations, coursework, presentation, portfolio and case studies. Much of this is left to the professionalism of the staff delivering the modules. Lectures, tutorials and laboratory works form the basis for the majority of teaching and assessment within Civil Engineering. Extensive use is also made of computer suites, seminars, field work, group work, independent learning and laboratory demonstrations.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
  • Structural Engineers, Institution of
  • Highway Engineers, Institute of (IHE)
  • Civil Engineers, Institution of
  • The Joint Board of Moderators
  • Permanent Way Institution

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 Entry: Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Maths and Physics A Levels: BBC including Maths and Physics International Baccalaureate: 28 points including Maths and Physics BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM SQA HNC/BTEC Level 4 HNC: Civil Engineering (including Maths at SCQF Level 7 or equivalent) Year 3 Entry: SQA HND/BTEC Level 5 HND/Foundation Degree: Civil Engineering (including Maths at SCQF Level 8 or equivalent) DUT: Civil Engineering

International applicants

ACADEMIC TECHNOOGY APPROVAL SCHEME (ATAS) CERTIFICATE You do not requiere an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before you can be considered for an unconditional offer of study on this undergraduate BEng (Hons) degree course. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Entry to Year 1 with SWAP (BBB) Access to STEM. Entry to Year 3 with French DUT in Civil Engineering (subject to individual review) Entry to Years 1-3 with NextGen HNC/D in relevant subject with 'Acheived'

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales are offered one year of free tuition fees at the University of the West of Scotland and so students only pay for 3 years of study from a 4 year undergraduate degree programme.

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Civil Engineering at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS