Civil Engineering FdSc

Part-time undergraduate (3 years)

Chelmsford

January, September

Teaching times

September

Semester 1: Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Semester 2: Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00

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

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
    This module is designed for students of construction, surveying and architecture to introduce them to some of the basic analytical concepts and processes involved in the design of structures. Students will develop analytical skills which will allow them to carry out basic structural calculations. Students will also be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software. This will allow them to effectively interpret technical drawing and give them the skills which can be applied to their specialist discipline area in later modules. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry. BIM will be introduced to the student and students will gain an appreciation of technology and the role of the designer in the construction process and have an understanding of the design process. The assessment for this modules will take the form of a portfolio which will include CAD drawings and basic structural analysis such as bending moments, shear forces and reactions. It is important that sketches are used in the portfolio as a means of communicating the concepts.
  • 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
    This module addresses key elements of civil engineering construction, placing them firmly alongside the management responsibility to ensure the prioritisation of health and safety within the work environment at all times. As the technical aspects of engineering are addressed, specific considerations of harm, hazard and risk are explored, ensuring the relevance of health and safety management within the civil engineering construction context. We will assess your learning through group work, investigating a civil engineering related problem. You will present your solution through a report and 20-minute presentation.
  • 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 will 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 will 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.
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineers 1
    You will 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 will 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 will 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 in Built Environment and continue to explore how work and learning interact. You will further analyse and evaluate industrial structures, industrial roles and functions, and industrial self-awareness. You will identify your likes, dislikes, successes, failures, strengths and weaknesses and review the opportunities and threats of professional membership. Following on from this, you will 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 will 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 will get hands-on training in some of the most up-to-date software complying with the latest British and European Standards. We will use intelligent object orientated design methods to create virtual models which can interact with digital terrain models. You will 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 Surveying for Engineers
    Discover both traditional and contemporary advanced survey techniques and capture, manipulate and utilise field data for both horizontal control and detail acquisition. You will also gain hands on experience using total stations, for data capture and for setting out. You will 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 will learn how to process survey data to produce and your final survey drawings using AutoCAD 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 will 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 & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, 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

International students, 2018/19 (per year, part-time)

£6,500

UK & EU students starting 2018/19 or 2019/20 (per year)

£7,500

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

You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

Scholarships

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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International students

You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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.

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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