Future Cities (virtual)

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Course Availability - unfortunately male places on this course are full – there are still female places available

Have you ever marvelled at the cutting-edge beauty of the Shard, or crossed a suspension bridge and craned your neck to appreciate the endless stretches of cables? This virtual course, run in collaboration with experts from the University of Southampton, explores how Civil Engineers design and develop these amazing structures and much more, making our cities clean, safe and energy efficient. From skyscrapers and bridges to water and waste services, civil engineering is all around us. This course is for Year 12 in England and Wales, S6 in Scotland and Year 13 in Northern Ireland.

Civil Engineers work on environmentally friendly infrastructure, but they also manage existing public services and work to improve future sustainability. Students will learn the social value of a career in Civil Engineering from leading academics and improve their CVs and UCAS applications, whilst engaging with real-life engineers from Ove Arup – a leading British multinational company, which provides services across every aspect of the built environment.

‘I enjoyed the practical sessions as I liked the fun challenges, but I also loved the learning that we did beforehand to help us.’
Future Cities Course Student 2021


25 Jul - 27 Jul 2022
Start time: 09:30 hrs
Finish time: 15:30 hrs






This unique learning experience familiarises students with various career pathways into Civil Engineering and covers the built environment, water and waste engineering, transport, and energy systems. Students gain hands-on experience by building and testing infrastructure components and conducting small research projects as part of a team.

Each team will deliver a presentation summarising their experience and sharing their findings. Students will also experience what it’s like to study at the University of Southampton in a series of interactive sessions under the supervision of experienced academics and current civil engineering students.

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