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11-15s - Studying at school

School subjects you need to study to become a civil engineer

You are probably going to take exams when you're 16. If you want to be a civil engineer it's good if your subjects include English, maths and sciences.

But these subjects are also useful:

  • Geography

    If you don't want your building or structure to sink into the mud you need to know about the types of ground and design the right foundations.

  • Digital & computing

    Digital skills are playing an increasingly important role right across engineering as more and more tasks are being digitised.

  • Art

    Innovative new ideas that can be expressed visually are needed in every type of engineering.

  • Design & technology

    Innovative new ideas that can be expressed visually are needed in every type of engineering.

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