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FdSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Built Environment and Construction

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

This is a practical, industry-led course, which is suitable for anyone already working in the construction industry, as well as for new students.

You’ll have the opportunity to follow one of two routes, depending on what direction you want your career to take - civil engineering or construction management.

Once you’ve completed the course successfully, you’ll be able to progress onto the final year of one of our honours degrees to obtain a BSc degree if you wish. These degrees are in either Civil Engineering or Construction Management.

If you’re already in employment, you’ll spend four days a week in industry, while full-time students will undertake a compulsory work placement of up to four days a week in their final year. Whatever path you take, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to become a first-class construction manager or civil engineer.

Although we cannot guarantee a placement we will support you in providing opportunities to secure one.  If you do not secure a placement you will still be allowed to progress directly on to the BSc (Hons) degree course.

UCAS points

72

Course options

Foundation Degree

UCAS code

HK22

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

Get in touch

We have exceptional links with big employers such as Atkins, Thames Water and P.J.Careys, L&Q, and Morgan Sindall through our Industrial Liaison Board. We regularly help students secure work placements with our network of key contractors.

Our course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), so you can be confident of learning what the industry needs. It also meets the requirements of the Joint Board of Moderators and the Engineering Council UK for this level of study.

We're one of only a few universities in the country who offer a programme of weekly construction site visits to major construction projects in London.

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Vlad Volonga

Construction Management, BSc (Hons)

I’ve had a unique and life changing experience at UEL. After years of working as a painter-decorator, I made the decision to follow firstly an FdSc in Civil Engineering and Construction Management and then top up to a BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree.
Surrounded by extraordinary lecturers, who inspired everyone through their dedication and professionalism, I have managed to obtain my goals. Within weeks of graduating, I was able to find a job as an engineer on a grand scale project. 


Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Tuition fees
UK
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,000.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

72

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

This sector of industry needs people with the knowledge, practical skills and personal qualities to make a difference where it counts – on site, working with other professionals.

On this highly practical course, you’ll learn about the nature and environment of the construction industry as well as the regulatory framework around health and safety, planning, procurement and contracts.

You’ll also explore the importance of sustainable design and the factors that influence the efficient management of a construction project in terms of time, cost and quality.

Key areas you will study include the planning and financing of projects, required contract law, and of course health and safety knowledge – both for yourself and others. Time planning and logistics, cost control and management, and quality control are vital skills for a construction manager, and they are skills we will help you to gain through problem solving, digital collaborative working as well as traditional team work activities.

In practical terms, you’ll learn tools and techniques that will help you succeed in your career, including the use of industry standard software such as AutoCAD and Microsoft Project. We’ll also prepare you to achieve the Construction Safety Certification Scheme (CSCS).

We’ll help you to secure a competitive work placement during the final year of the course, so you can see how your learning relates to industry practice.

You can study this course on a part-time basis. If you take this option, you’ll be studying the same modules over three years instead of two.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Land and Construction Surveying (core)
Maths and IT in the Built Environment (core)
Introduction to the Built Environment (core)
Building Technology & Materials (optional, CM route)
Structural Mechanics & Materials (optional, CE route)
CM = Construction Management
CE = Civil Engineering

Work Placement (core)
Advanced Technology, Planning & Production (core)
Tendering, Estimating & Cost Control (core, CM route)
Legal & Regulatory Framework (core, CM route)
Contract Law in Construction (core, CM route)
Structural Form and Element Design (core, CE route)
Geotechnical Properties (core, CE route)
Sustainable Building Technology (optional, CM route)   
Building Services (optional, CM route)
Maths for Engineers (optional, CE route)
Advanced Materials (option, CE route) 

CE=Civil Engineering
CM=Construction management


How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible so that you can develop and improve your written assessment submissions.

The assessment methods are varied, including coursework, group and individual presentations, time-controlled assessments and exams. The balance between exams and coursework is approximately 30 per cent exams, 10 per cent presentations and 60 per cent coursework.  The work placement is assessed by a combination of the production of a work based portfolio and employer assessment.

Course specification

How you'll learn

This is a practical course for a practical profession, so if you’re on the full-time course you’ll have regular site visits to put the theory you learn into practice. East London is one of the biggest regeneration areas in Western Europe, and you’ll have access to prestigious projects such as the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station – right on your doorstep.

You’ll be encouraged to take part in group work to mirror real-life working practices and you’ll benefit from using our purpose-built labs with industry-standard hardware and software and modern surveying equipment.

Our construction science lab includes an environmental chamber, plus measuring devices, building service equipment installations and monitoring devices. Our dedicated drawing and design office provides networked PCs with specialist software to support Computer Aided Design (CAD).

As well as lab-based, practical work, you’ll learn through formal lectures, tutorials and workshops, including talks from leading companies and industrialists. We also provide programme notes and digital resources to support your own independent study.

As one of our students, you’ll be offered the chance to take part in a week-long residential ‘Constructionarium’ project at the National CITB Training Centre in Norfolk, where you’ll work alongside contractors and design engineers.

Each year we’re visited by around 20 local industry professionals – known as the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) – who update us on the changing requirements for graduates. They also supervise final-year projects, when they’ll be looking out for likely candidates to recruit for jobs.

Your future career

Qualified technician construction managers or civil engineers are in high demand, not only in the UK but in all major developing regions of the world.  Local construction and civil engineering companies visit our School regularly to recruit talented students for work within the industry.

In recent years, many of our students have been offered full-time jobs in the company where they undertook a work placement as part of the course. Among the list of prestigious projects that our students have worked on are the Shard, Kings Cross Station Western Passenger Hall and the Crossrail Connaught Tunnel refurbishment.

So what are your options? You might end up working in a design office or on a building site. As a construction manager you may be responsible for logistics, plant, materials and people. As a trainee engineer, you’ll be designing the structural frame of a building or setting out its position ready to be built.

With this qualification you could choose to focus on a specialist sector such as house-building, education, health, commercial and retail, waste management, manufacturing or infrastructure.

Whatever your particular interest, we’ll put you on the right track with our industry links, practical training and supportive teaching style. After that, it’s up to you.

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