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University of the West of Scotland

Civil Engineering BEng Hons (Sandwich)

UCAS Code: H200
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Civil engineering
Student score
91% HIGH
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£24k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Including Maths and one science

Scottish Highers

Including Maths and one science

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 88 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

This programme will enable you to design, construct and organise civil engineering projects. There are two 18-week periods of paid industrial training, which are obtained competitively. You will also visit construction sites and spend time at the National Construction College as part of the programme. Industry experts will share their expertise through guest lectures. You may gain employment with a major contracting or consulting engineering company. UWS graduates work with companies including Network Rail, Amey, Balfour Beatty, CH2M, and the Royal Air Force in roles such as Graduate Civil Engineer or Graduate Structural Engineer. At time of print the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering programme is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and has been accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers; the Institution of Structural Engineers; the Institute of Highway Engineers; and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information. Conditions apply, for full details see our website. From September 2017 year 1 entry we are intending to offer a BEng (Hons) CEng Civil Engineering programme, which will partially satisfy the educational base for a Chartered Engineer, and we will be seeking accreditation for this programme from the JBM. Course content This programme covers broad-based civil engineering subjects to equip you with knowledge and skills to plan, design and implement civil engineering projects. Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Representatives from Arup regularly speak to students about the role of structural engineers and students recently attended a talk from Graham Construction about the opportunities open to graduates with them. Year 1 Studies include mathematics, structural mechanics and design, science, communication, drawing and computing skills and an introduction to the engineering industry. Year 2 Studies include, sustainable construction the properties and uses of civil engineering materials, design of structural elements, mathematics, applied geology, hydraulics, surveying and construction studies. Year 3 Structural engineering, ground and water engineering, construction technology and project management are covered. Team building skills are developed via a group design project. Industrial training Honours students can spend an 18-week period of paid employment in industry between Year 3 and Year 4. Year 4 (Honours) Studies include structural engineering and design, ground & highway engineering, construction and management, renewable energy and materials. An individual project allows you to investigate a subject area of your choice. Career prospects Graduate opportunities are available with excellent starting salaries. Major construction firms actively seek university graduates and you may gain employment with a major contracting or consulting engineering company. UWS graduates work with companies including Network Rail, Amey, Balfour Beatty, CH2M, and the Royal Air Force in roles such as Graduate Civil Engineer or Graduate Structural Engineer. Placement/Work-based learning There are two 18-week periods of paid industrial training to develop your professional skills. Students are responsible for applying for civil engineering jobs and these are obtained competitively so they cannot be guaranteed, however we will assist you with this. You will visit construction sites and spend time at the National Construction College studying concrete construction, drainage, steel fixing and scaffolding.


University of the West of Scotland

Ayr Campus

UWS is among the fastest growing institutions, offering modern, job market relevant degree courses to a wide demographic of students through different learning platforms. The Students' Association is on campus to support, enable and represent all students. It also offers the ultimate recreational and safe spaces in our campuses in Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley.

How you'll spend your time

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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 100%
Student score 91% HIGH
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
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
11% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
337 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
44% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
19% 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 98% MED
Average graduate salary £24k MED
Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications 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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