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If you're interested in finding out more about civil engineering or thinking about a career in civil engineering, we can help.

ICE South West provides a range of free multimedia activities to help bring civil engineering to life. These are available to education professionals, parents and volunteer members who would like to promote STEM and civil engineering to children and young people.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

If you want an activity for a class or club – something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here. We also have PowerPoint presentations, videos, careers information and useful links to lots more.

Browse through and download the schools’ resources you need

Education & resources

ICE also works in partnership Neon to provide engineering experiences and inspiring careers resources to help teachers bring STEM to life with real-world examples.

Find out more about Neon

In your region

ICE South West has a wide range of resources and activities for careers fairs, classroom lessons and other educational events. We’re connected with dozens of volunteer members across the region, who serve as STEM Ambassadors. They are DBS approved and available to talk about their work as civil engineers and run STEM-based activities aimed at inspiring young people about civil engineering.

For further information, please contact the ICE South West team.

16-18s Careers Webinar

For young people thinking about future education and career options, this webinar recording introduces the exciting profession of civil engineering, as told by real life civil engineers working in the South West.

The video covers:

  • Civil engineering in the world around us
  • Who can become a civil engineer?
  • Different types of civil engineering
  • Civil engineering apprenticeships
  • Studying civil engineering at university
  • Amazing civil engineering projects in the South West of England

Tintagle Castle Bridge and Landscape Project, Cornwall

Image credit: Hufton Crow
Image credit: Alex Crow, Hufton Crow

Tintagel Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Special Area of Conservation. Consequently, the development, design and delivery of the project required nearly six years of meticulous planning to ensure the project would not impact the site.

Archaeological assessment and careful geotechnical design ensured the foundations of the bridge had no archaeological impact. The new footpath network was designed to overlay existing trampled paths minimising the loss of protected grassland and nationally scarce plants, while also providing long term protection to the fragile archaeology below.

Image credit: Hufton Crow
Image credit: Alex Crow, Hufton Crow

The engineering of the bridge was pushed to the limit to create an extremely lightweight and slender design that sits in the landscape with minimal landscape and visual impact. The bridge was constructed off-site and installed with the use of an innovative cable crane. The design is relatively simple – two cantilevers which reach out from each abutment and don’t quite meet in the middle. The central gap serves two functions; technically it allows each bridge half to expand and contract; and poetically it creates a threshold between the mainland and the island.

In 2020, Tintagel Castle Bridge won the Showcase Award at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards.

Download the full case study

For more examples of civil engineering near you, take a look at the 2021 project finalists.

View the finalists

What do you need to do to become a civil engineer?

If you're interested in a university or college course in civil engineering, it's important to make sure that the course you choose is 'accredited'. This means that it meets the Engineering Council's quality and curriculum standards.

Having accredited academic qualifications will make it easier for you to become professionally qualified as a chartered engineer (CEng), incorporated engineer (IEng), or engineering technician (EngTech). Use our course search tool to find accredited courses throughout the UK.

Please see the list below for accredited centres offering engineering degree courses in the region.