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University of Bristol

Civil Engineering

UCAS Code: H205
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Civil engineering
Student score
84% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£26.5k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

A*AA including A*A in Mathematics and a science subject (in any order). Contextual offer: AAB including AA in Mathematics and a science subject. Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/#contextual for more information about contextual offers.

Scottish Highers

Advanced Higher: AA including Mathematics and a Science subject, and Standard Higher: AAAAA.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

D*DD (Engineering) plus A-level Mathematics at grade A. See admissions statement for alternative Maths qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

38 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and a science subject. Contextual offer: 34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and a science subject.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 152 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

If you are creative and enjoy design, construction and management of the world we live in then civil engineering is for you. This degree will equip you to find solutions to environmental problems and to design large and unique structures, such as buildings, bridges, dams and coastal defences. The first two years of your degree will cover the basics of structures, mathematics, soil and fluid mechanics, computing and surveying, and include some optional units. You may transfer between the BEng and MEng in the first two years. In the third year we introduce more optional units, allowing you to pursue your interests while developing key professional skills. You will also undertake a major investigative research project. Design is central to the course and this is reflected in the projects you undertake throughout your degree. In the first year you will develop a solution to an open-ended problem by designing and making a model bridge. The second year includes steel work, reinforced concrete and geotechnical design. In the third year you design a complete water supply system and will undertake other design activities throughout the year. This degree is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators under licence from the UK regulator the Engineering Council. An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills required for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).


University of Bristol

Inside one of the campus buildings

The University of Bristol is world-renowned with a reputation for academic excellence and has a vibrant student community that's passionate about everything from volunteering to hot air ballooning. Come to Bristol to earn a brilliant degree, develop interests and make life-long friends. It's easy to get involved: our students take part in 192 societies and 52 sports clubs.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 95%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
40% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
28% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
513 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
91% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £26.5k HIGH
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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