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Civils qualification now gives future engineers university access

A key engineering qualification has been recognised by university admissions body Ucas.

The City & Guilds TechBac qualification - which includes civil engineering as a subject - was awarded Ucas points, meaning students who study it at an advanced level can go to university.

The TechBac was launched last September and has an emphasis on equipping students with the skills they need for the modern workplace. It’s a full time qualification, studied by 16 to 18 year olds.

Those who study it at Level 3 Advanced can gain the Ucas points and progress to university. Top marks will be worth the equivalent of three A*s at A-Level. Others can use the qualification to gain a higher apprenticeship or go straight into the workplace.

The engineering TechBac covers areas from civil engineering to automotive and aerospace. After completing the advanced course, students are expected to be able to identify the disciplines associated with civil engineering and understand the design principles and application of civil engineering.

They will also understand geology and soil mechanics and recognise civil engineering construction. As well as this, they will understand site surveying procedures. Workplace experience is strongly encouraged.

City & Guilds director of assessment and policy Patrick Craven said: “What the TechBac will do is equip a student with not only some of the technical expertise and knowledge that they will require to move into higher level of study, but there is also compulsory work experience. That’s not just a one week work placement in a vaguely related field; it’s a longer engagement that exposes them to the real world work environment.”

Preston College is a pioneer of the TechBac qualification. Vice principal Chris Wood said: “The TechBac is a qualification that recognises true skills development in a technical and vocational learning package that meets the needs of the labour market. It is key to building the workforce of the future in a collaborative employer-education partnership.”

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