Civil engineering student

Course details

Year of entry

2024, 2025


2 YRS (PT)

Institution Code



Blended Learning, Wrexham

*Subject to re-validation

Course Highlights


JBM further learning approved


your qualification to a BSc degree


with the Institution of Civil Engineers

Why choose this course?

Designed for people who have previously gained an HNC in Civil Engineering, this top-up course will develop your analytical and problem-solving skills, expand your knowledge in the field and enable you to specialise in your study, complementing your existing experience.

  • Approved by the Joint Board of Moderators as Further Learning to provide the academic base for Incorporated Engineer for candidates who have an IEng approved first qualification.
  • Expert guidance, support and mentoring by Chartered Civil Engineering Lecturers with long-standing industrial experience.
  • Excellent links with professional bodies and employers.
  • Access to Computer Aided Design suites, specialist software and hydraulics and structures laboratories.
  • Site visits to large Civil Engineering/Construction projects throughout the course.
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Key course features

  • Further Learning Programme: This programme is approved as meeting the Further Learning requirements for an Incorporated Engineer for candidates who have an IEng approved first qualification.
  • The academic partnership between Wrexham University and the Institution of Civil Engineers provides strong links between the university, the Institution and employers across North Wales.
  • Expert guidance, support and mentoring by Chartered Civil Engineering lecturers with long-standing industrial experience.
  • Excellent links with professional bodies and employers.
  • Lecturers with long-standing industrial experience.
  • Small tutorial groups allow close tutorial support, including additional sessions to help with maths.
  • Access to Computer Aided Design suites, Building Information Modelling (BIM) data, analysis and simulation software.

What you will study


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 modules are a significant element of the programme and offers the opportunity for students to evaluate their own professional development needs. It also provides an opportunity to meet the 18 learning outcomes required by the Joint Board of Moderators. The successful completion of these outcomes signed off by your employer and in combination with the remaining modules provides the approved academic base for Incorporated Engineer. 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.


  • Infrastructure and the Environment (Option)
  • Wind and Hydro Engineering (Option)
  • Water Resource Management (Core)
  • Civil Engineering Maths (Core)
  • Mechanics, Structures and Finite Element Analysis (Core)
  • Work-Related Learning  (Core)


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 within this module 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.

Design for Climate Resilience provides students with an overview of aspects of the Climate Emergency and the impacts on Infrastructure, Society and the Environment. It considers the basis of climate change and identifies environmental impact, assessment, risk and management. The module explores techniques and methods which can be offered up as solutions to reduce impact and improve infrastructure design resilience.

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.


  • Design for Climate Resilience (Core)
  • Project Management (Core)
  • Individual Research Project (Core)
  • Work Based Learning (Core)

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.

Entry requirements & applying

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.

Teaching & Assessment

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.


Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

This programme is designed for those already in the engineering or construction industry who are looking to advance their careers.  Potential career options include:

  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Civil Engineering Contracting
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Railway Engineering
  • Coastal/Fluvial Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Water Supply and Infrastructure
  • Topographical Surveying
  • Construction Health and Safety


Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the fee FAQs.

All fees are subject to any changes in government policy, view our undergraduate fees.


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

Subject to re-validation

As part of its continuous quality assurance and enhancement, the University reviews its courses on a regular basis to ensure that they reflect the needs of students and employers. Periodic review of the existing programmes is required every five years and major changes may be made to the programmes during the re-validation process. As soon as the programmes are re-validated the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of courses that are still ‘subject to re-validation’ are approved by the validation process; however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham University or at another provider.