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Civil Engineering Studies (top-up)

Entry requirements



The normal minimum requirement for entry onto the programme is a Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering. Applicants are required to be employed in a civil engineering construction-related discipline.

About this course

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Part-time | 2022


Civil engineering

This innovative programme of study has been approved by the Joint Board of Moderators as Further Learning to provide the academic base for Incorporated Engineer, recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institute of Highway Engineers.

This two-year part-time course is designed to provide an opportunity for people who have previously gained an HNC in Civil Engineering the chance to progress in their career and qualifications.

This top-up course will develop your analytical and problem-solving skills as well as expand your knowledge in the field to enable you to specialise in your study and complement your existing experience.

WGU students studying courses in the civil engineering subject areas were the most satisfied with the teaching on their course in Wales and 2nd most satisfied in the UK. (WGU analysis of unpublished NSS data 2018)

This programme is approved as meeting the Further Learning requirements for an Incorporated Engineer for candidates who have an IEng approved first qualification. See for details of approved qualifications.



The first year (level 5) modules build on knowledge gained at HNC level, offering challenging opportunities that allow students to demonstrate their achievement in design, problem-solving, analysis and assessment, application of working practice, specifications and standards, and health and safety requirements.

The Work Related module offers the opportunity for students to evaluate their own professional development needs and to devise a strategy to achieve these. A further purpose of this module is to enable students to reflect upon and to develop their own effectiveness in relation to their current employment practice.


Highway Design
Water Engineering
Civil Engineering Maths
Science and Materials
Work Related Learning


In the final year, Project Management offers opportunities for students to demonstrate technical, financial, time- and people management skills, required in the execution of typical Civil Engineering projects. Building Information Management ( BIM) provides students with an insight into this innovative technology used to coordinate the full cycle of development, from inception, through the design and construction processes towards the management of the completed project, its potential adaptation and eventually its deconstruction.

The Individual Project will allow students to demonstrate independent learning, critical analysis and synthesising skills, and to demonstrate their understanding of research, analysis and the critical resources required to offer sustainable solutions to civil engineering problems. This module will also provide students with transferable skills such as those required in the creation of technical reports and the preparation and submission of review documentation to Professional Bodies.


Inter-professional Studies
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Individual Project

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Assessment strategies are module-specific and integrate industrial themes wherever practicable.
Assessment materials are prepared to meet the needs of the module and are presented to students at interactive briefing sessions. Completed work is assessed and feedback is subsequently provided to assist students in the further development of their technical understanding.

Group and individual progress is discussed at regular tutorials and seminars as part of a strategy towards constructive feedback throughout the course.

Other features of assessment practice assist in the development of professional and subject skills using scenario-based simulated situations where design projects require creative solutions and clear reporting of results. Such solutions are presented to and considered by individual ‘clients’ within a formal ‘board-room’ setting.

Forms of assessment that feature widely across the programme include essays, reports, individual and group presentations, in-class tests, laboratory experiments, seminar presentations, scenario- based time controlled tasks, practical tasks and individual research carried out in the preparation of case study review and analysis.

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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First year drop out rate

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Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Engineering professionals
Science, engineering and production technicians
Business, research and administrative professionals

Do you want to be in demand? This might be the degree for you! We are officially short of civil engineers, and so around two thirds of civil engineering graduates start jobs specifically as civil engineers, and starting salaries are well over £25k last year. Demand for civil engineers and related jobs - we're short of all of them - means that good graduates have plenty of options directly related to their degree when they graduate. This is a subject where work experience can be very helpful in getting a job and many students do work for engineering companies while they take their degrees.

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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.


The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.







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