Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

Is this course right for me?

This course intended for candidates who are employed within the Civil Engineering Industry.

Typically those completing the qualification will gain formal recognition of their skills. It is also likely that they are seeking to progress into more senior roles that require additional supervisory or managerial skills.

This qualification is approved as fully satisfying the educational base for an Engineering Technician (EngTech).

Additional information

More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Fees

Visit the Financial Support and Finance page for more information.

Additional costs:

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

  • Materials for independent study, such as laptop or desktop computer
  • Textbooks that are considered essential reading
  • External visits such as construction sites, city centres, monuments, stadia, museums/galleries/exhibitions.
  • Software to be able to work from home
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), budget estimate £30 - £150
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Apps which are generally free but have costs for upgraded versions

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Module information

More detailed information on modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Start date

September

Entry requirements:

Language Requirements

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C/4 (or equivalent) or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4, English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5 or above, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

Academic requirements

  • a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points in a main level 3 qualification, gaining a pass, grade C or higher in at least one relevant subject which could include: A Levels, BTEC, International Baccalaureate, ACCESS to HE; many additional qualifications from Wales, England and Scotland are accepted to support the UCAS points in addition to the relevant subject, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy, grade C/4 or above, or Key/Essential Skill equivalent level. For applicants without these qualifications, evidence of numeracy skills at a suitable level to meet the demands of the programme successfully, will need to be demonstrated.
  • Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable 

Examples of acceptable academic entry requirements include:

  • Two A levels, gaining a pass in at least one relevant A2 subject at grade C or higher. Minimum grades accepted D. Examples of A Levels appropriate for the course entry are the following: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Design Technology, Geography, Geology, Economics, Business.
  • Or a BTEC Extended Diploma or equivalent with grade MPP or higher.
  • Or a BTEC Diploma or above, or equivalent with grade MM or higher with 2 years industry experience.
  • Or a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or above, or equivalent with grade M or higher with 3 years industry experience.
  • Or experience in the industry of more than 5 years that show competent managerial expertise

For individuals who do not meet the above academic requirements we will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLLM regulations and policies.

Direct entry onto level 5 of the GLLM Construction or Civil Engineering Foundation Degree will be considered for those progressing students who have successfully completed the respective Construction or Civil Engineering GLLM Certificate of HE, or successful completion of 120 credits from a relevant HNC.        

Delivery:

This course is delivered as follows:

  • Day Release 
  • Classroom based learning 
  • Tutorials 
  • Groupwork 
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment) 
  • Practical sessions in a realistic working environment (RWE)

Timetable:

  • Full-time: 2 years, 2 days per week (typically 9am-5pm)
  • Part-time: 4 years, 1 day per week (typically 9am-5pm)

Assessment:

This course is assessed through a range of activities. These can include: 

  • Formal written exam 
  • Practical and written assessments/assignments 
  • Presentations and demonstrations 
  • Portfolios of work

Feedback

Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.

Progression:

On successful completion of the Certificate, candidates can progress to further Higher Education courses in the same or related subjects.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai offers a number of options. Alternatively, candidates can apply to other institutions.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Llangefni

    This award will enable learners working in the industry to broaden their skills base beyond the horizons of their existing employment and thus enhance their career prospects in the four main areas of civil engineering - transportation, water, structures and construction.

    This course is ideally suited to those who wish to work as Civil Engineering Technicians. After completing the course, suitably qualified learners can progress on to a degree course.

    The award will also enable learners to progress towards Incorporated Engineer status and is a requirement for technician status in the industry

    Unit Information

    For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning.  This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.

    A total of 9 units are completed during the 2 years, these are related to buiding, design and civil engineeing topics which will prepare candidates for further career development. Candidates will study the following units:

    Level 4:

    Employer Based Learning (10 credits, compulsory)

    The construction industry is constantly changing in terms of technology, materials, processes, legislation and practice.  Learners have the opportunity to reflect upon and contextualise the learning that they gain from working within the industry to assess their personal learning needs in order to plan for the future. (Portfolio 100%)

    Environmental Science and Materials (20 credits, compulsory)

    This unit supports learners to select and evaluate material choices to achieve the desired outcomes of a brief. It will enable them to justify if materials being fit for purpose; as defined by testing standards and properties and their impact on providing the human comfort requirement. Demonstrate awareness of the environmental impact and sustainability of materials and the health and safety considerations to meet current legislative requirements. (Presentation / proposal / poster 40%, Case study 60%)

    Hand Drafting and CAD (10 credits, compulsory)

    This module aims to enable learners to develop their understanding of construction principles and methods associated with low rise domestic buildings using the vehicle of hand sketching and technical drawing skills suitable for communication on site and with clients during stages 0 to 1 of the RIBA POW (Plan Of Work). (Presentation / proposal / poster 100%)

    Mathematics for the Built Environment (20 credits, core)

    This module aims to provide students with confidence in numeracy and mathematics by reinforcing and revising basic numeracy and being able to transform and resolve equations algebraically and graphically. (Exam 40%, Exam 60%)

    Research and Study Skills (10 credits, compulsory)

    This unit will enable you to identify and develop academic writing and information research skills, apply a range of research methodologies and instruments. (Portfolio 100%)

    Site Surveying (10 credits, compulsory)

    This practical module is designed to provide the student with the ability to use modern surveying equipment and to undertake a range of site surveying procedures typical of today’s construction industry. (Report 50%, Exam 50%)

    Civil Engineering Site Operations (20 credits, core)

    This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental aspects of developing and operating a major civil engineering operation. Modern construction techniques together with health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation applicable to the construction process will be included. (Report 75%, Proposal presentation 25%)

    Structural Analysis (10 credits, compulsory)

    Structural principles such as the mechanics and physics of structures will be explored.  The behaviour of structures that are determinate will be analysed and as part of that calculating bending moments, shear forces, torsions and deflections in a variety of simple structures. (Portfolio x 2 100%)

    Geology (10 credits, compulsory)

    This module will enable students to differentiate between the formation of common rock types, their classification, mineralogy and their geological distribution. (Report 100%)

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    This award will enable learners working in the industry to broaden their skills base beyond the horizons of their existing employment and thus enhance their career prospects in the four main areas of civil engineering: transportation, water, structures and construction.

    This course is ideally suited to those who wish to work as Civil Engineering Technicians.

    After completing the course, suitably qualified learners can progress on to a degree course. The award will also enable learners to progress towards Incorporated Engineer status and is a requirement for technician status in the industry.

    Unit Information

    For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning.  This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.

    A total of 9 units are completed during the 2 years. These are related to buiding, design and civil engineeing topics which will prepare candidates for further career development. 

    Level 4:

    Employer Based Learning (10 credits, compulsory)

    The construction industry is constantly changing in terms of technology, materials, processes, legislation and practice.  Learners have the opportunity to reflect upon and contextualise the learning that they gain from working within the industry to assess their personal learning needs in order to plan for the future. (Portfolio 100%)

    Environmental Science and Materials (20 credits, compulsory)

    This unit supports learners to select and evaluate material choices to achieve the desired outcomes of a brief. It will enable them to justify if materials being fit for purpose; as defined by testing standards and properties and their impact on providing the human comfort requirement. Demonstrate awareness of the environmental impact and sustainability of materials and the health and safety considerations to meet current legislative requirements. (Presentation / proposal / poster 40%, Case study 60%)

    Hand Drafting and CAD (10 credits, compulsory)

    This module aims to enable learners to develop their understanding of construction principles and methods associated with low rise domestic buildings using the vehicle of hand sketching and technical drawing skills suitable for communication on site and with clients during stages 0 to 1 of the RIBA POW (Plan Of Work). (Presentation / proposal / poster 100%)

    Mathematics for the Built Environment (20 credits, core)

    This module aims to provide students with confidence in numeracy and mathematics by reinforcing and revising basic numeracy and being able to transform and resolve equations algebraically and graphically. (Exam 40%, Exam 60%)

    Research and Study Skills (10 credits, compulsory)

    This unit will enable you to identify and develop academic writing and information research skills, apply a range of research methodologies and instruments. (Portfolio 100%)

    Site Surveying (10 credits, compulsory)

    This practical module is designed to provide the student with the ability to use modern surveying equipment and to undertake a range of site surveying procedures typical of today’s construction industry. (Report 50%, Exam 50%)

    Civil Engineering Site Operations (20 credits, core)

    This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental aspects of developing and operating a major civil engineering operation. Modern construction techniques together with health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation applicable to the construction process will be included. (Report 75%, Proposal presentation 25%)

    Structural Analysis (10 credits, compulsory)

    Structural principles such as the mechanics and physics of structures will be explored.  The behaviour of structures that are determinate will be analysed and as part of that calculating bending moments, shear forces, torsions and deflections in a variety of simple structures. (Portfolio x 2 100%)

    Geology (10 credits, compulsory)

    This module will enable students to differentiate between the formation of common rock types, their classification, mineralogy and their geological distribution. (Report 100%)