Civil Engineering FdSc

Part-time undergraduate (3 years)

Chelmsford

January 2017, September 2017

Overview

Work towards Engineering Technician (EngTech) status on our Joint Board of Moderators-accredited course. Mix vital theory with hands-on learning as you prepare for a successful career in civil engineering. When you graduate, you can go straight into work or do a top-up year to achieve an honours degree.

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Careers

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With your foundation degree you'll have career opportunities in areas such as design and production civil engineering.

You might find that you enjoy studying so much that you’d like to continue rather than going straight out to work. Graduating from this course means you’d only have to do one more year with us to achieve a full honours degree.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Elements of Construction Design
    You’ll develop analytical skills to enable you to carry out basic structural calculations, and be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software. These skills will allow you to effectively interpret technical drawings and apply this to other modules on your course. To keep you up to date with the latest developments in the industry, BIM will be introduced to you and you’ll also gain an appreciation of technology and the role of the designer in the construction process.
  • IT and Communications
    Students entering Higher Education will need specific study skills to enable them to maximise their learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in the academic setting and workplace. This module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for learning and later development. You will gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment.
  • Science and Materials
    In this module you will become familiar with the material properties relevant to engineering performance and how these properties are defined. You will explore the relationship between displacement, velocity and acceleration and apply this in the context of Newton’s 2nd Law and the application of forces.
  • Safe Civil Engineering Works
    Address key elements of civil engineering construction and place them firmly alongside the management responsibility to ensure the prioritisation of health and safety within the work environment at all times. You’ll address the technical aspects of engineering and explore specific considerations of harm, hazard and risk, ensuring the relevance of health and safety management within the civil engineering construction context. You’ll cover earthworks and groundwork techniques, including the principles and practice of earth-moving plant selection, cycles and economics. You’ll also look at groundwater control and soil stabilisation techniques of dynamic consolidation, vibratory systems and grouting, as well as methods for testing ground strength. You’ll look at health and safety management practices, including undertaking risk assessment and preparing and communicating associated method statements to ensure safe systems of work for the specific civil engineering techniques, alongside the technology, including the legal responsibilities of the civil engineer in the selection and management of the work. This knowledge will ultimately enable you to consider long-span low-rise and medium rise structures in terms of the evaluation and application of different groundwork techniques, construction methods, foundation types and the health and safety management of both the selection and construction processes.
  • Elementary Surveying Skills
    This module is intended to develop the necessary site related survey skills for students entering the construction industry. Students will gain both a theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practice in the use of both traditional and contemporary instruments in order to set-up and control the most common elements of construction.
  • Geotechnics 1
    You’ll be introduced to Geotechnics, after the basic geological concepts, this module will provide you with an appreciation of the ground investigation element of site investigation. You’ll be introduced to soil laboratory practice and given the opportunity to relate the results of soil laboratory tests to theoretical concepts and the practical needs of civil engineering construction. Our module provides a medium for the development of skills in algebraic manipulation, which are applied to the relationships between basic soil properties.
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineers 1
    You'll gain the underpinning knowledge and skills in mathematics for use in subsequent modules in civil engineering such as structural analysis, structural design, hydraulics and geotechnics together with application of mathematical techniques to surveying and management. About half the module will cover the theory and applications of calculus to engineering problems. You'll also deal with a range of mathematical theories and techniques but in particular will develop practical applications such as the position and second moment of area for a given shape. The equations of curves from observed or measured data, the calculation of irregular areas and volumes and problems of geometry will also be explored. You'll also study basic statistical techniques applied, where possible to engineering applications such as concrete mixes.

Level 5 modules

  • Work-Based Learning (A) in Built Environment
    Understand general relationships between education and the world of work to demonstrate how each can provide a learning environment for the other, and to develop skills for your future career development. You’ll cover a minimum learning period of three months and explore a particular working environment which will be relevant to your present or future needs. You’ll examine how work and learning interact, manage self-learning, and increase employability by increasing self reliance and confidence. You’ll analyse and evaluate industrial structures, industrial roles and functions, and industrial self-awareness, as well as human relationships in industry, team relationships, problem evaluations and analysis. Finally, you’ll examine the links between academic theory and practical reality.
  • Work-Related Learning in the Built Environment
    Negotiate a structured set of specific objectives related to the world of work and take additional responsibility for your own learning. This will allow you to explore knowledge or interest in a work related field of the built environment which are not covered in our standard set of modules.
  • Structural Method and Analysis
    Gain an appreciation of the role of the designer in the construction process and get an understanding of the design process. You’ll address the fundamental relationship between loads, shear force and bending moment as well as the effect of combined shear and direct/bending stresses. We’ll introduce you to the deformability of structures and the principles of static indeterminacy and the methods of analysis of simple indeterminate forms. The design part of your module will be in three parts: Timber, Concrete and Steel Design. You’ll concentrate on basic design philosophies and procedures used in the design of structural elements in buildings constructed with these three most common building materials. You’ll link knowledge of structural forms, loading, structural analysis and materials behaviour and appreciate the importance of producing structural drawings of elements in sufficient details for construction and manufacture. You’ll cover the fundamentals of structural design for timber beams and floors; concrete beams, one-spanning concrete slabs and unrestrained steel beams. You’ll also cover strut or column design with axial, eccentric and biaxial loading for timber, concrete and steel and masonry walls and piers.
  • Work-Based Learning (B) in Built Environment
    Build on the work you covered in Work Based Learning A in Built Environment and continue to explore how work and learning interact. You’ll further analyse and evaluate industrial structures, industrial roles and functions, and industrial self-awareness. You’ll identify your likes, dislikes, successes, failures, strengths and weaknesses and review the opportunities and threats of professional membership. Following on from this, you’ll produce an action plan including an assessment of potential professional membership routes which will enable you to plan how and over what timescale you intend to improve your identified areas for development. You’ll make use of RAPID/PDP systems (knowledge and skills base) in providing evidence, which will be organised within a portfolio.
  • CAD for Civil Engineers
    This module will give you an appreciation of the growing importance of three-dimensional CAD software. You'll get hands-on training in some of the most up-to-date software complying with the latest British and European Standards. We'll use intelligent object orientated design methods to create virtual models which can interact with digital terrain models. You'll get an appreciation of the substantial benefits such systems can offer in terms of client visualisation and design flexibility and learn to produce a basic site animation.
  • Site and Engineering Surveying
    Discover both traditional and contemporary advanced survey techniques and capture, manipulate and utilise field data for both horizontal control and detail acquisition. You’ll gain experience in the theory and practice of traditional traversing and curve ranging techniques alongside contemporary practices. You’ll also gain hands on experience in advanced contemporary surveying equipment, such as theodolites and total stations, for data capture and for setting out. You’ll also gain an understanding of how remote surveying by extra-terrestrial systems has evolved and of how a variety of control systems relate to the Ordnance Survey National Grid. Finally, you’ll learn how to acquire data and sorted and processed it both manually and electronically to convert it into a format suitable for CAD output. You’ll produce and annotate your final survey drawings using AutoCAD 2006 and present them in a style appropriate to industry.
  • Continuing Personal and Professional Development
    This module will enable you to understand your own need for continuous personal and professional development and understand and apply principles of evaluation, quality assurance and quality improvement leading to the evaluation and improvement of your own wider professional practice. You’ll also prepare a personal strategy for self-development. This will include identifying individual personal characteristics as a basis for a self-development programme that should include ideas about career development. A range of learning and teaching strategies are used which include workshops, seminars and tutorials. This module will enable you to focus on your individual development needs.

Assessment

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, you’ll be assessed on your project work, case studies, reports, workplace assessments, presentations and role-plays.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£3,750

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

£3,750

Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

Additional costs 

Safety footwear (steel toe and midsole) - £40

Additional costs for Constructionarium
You will be asked to make a contribution of £250 towards the cost of food and accommodation. You will also be asked to provide your own safety shoes or boots and warm outdoor clothing. Other personal protective equipment will be provided.

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

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We welcome applications from international and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.

If you do not meet the above requirements, there is an alternative. Consider entry to the course via a foundation year at Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin which is on our Cambridge campus.

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