I chose Brighton because it was one of three universities in the UK that offers a foundation course for the Civil with Environmental Engineering degree.
After the foundation year I gained a place on the Civil with Environmental Engineering BEng. In the first two years of my degree, many of the modules were shared with the Civil Engineering course and it opened my eyes to other subjects I had not previously considered. This has helped me decide what to focus my studies on. My interests now lie in structural and geo-technical engineering, for example designing retaining walls for major engineering structures or studying the ground to ensure future structures build there would be safe.
During the course we have developed a broad set of skills which will be valuable to us when we start looking for work. The lecturers made a real effort to explain how the subjects we study are used in the industry and they have also offered support in helping us choose modules that will help us get onto our chosen career paths.
One of the highlights of the course was the lengthy group project we did in the first semester of the 3rd year. The project forced us to put into practice many skills we’ve learned throughout the previous years to design a 3 storey reinforced concrete building. A project such as this starts out simply with an initial layout and becomes more detailed and involved as you work through it. I believe that doing these sorts of projects has enabled us to work self-sufficiently and develop skills that employers are looking for.
I would definitely recommend the course to anybody who is interested in designing structures or anybody with a general interest in technology and design. The course covers many different subjects and our lecturers are all very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their given fields. This enthusiasm is somewhat contagious and allows you to develop an interest in the subjects yourself.