"Enjoying and understanding maths and science at GCSE level is a great way to get you on the right path to becoming a civil engineer. After GCSEs there are several paths; the most common is to study for A-levels (or Scottish highers), with maths and physics as the core subjects. The third and/or fourth A-level is more flexible, with typical choices being further maths, design technology, chemistry, geography or a modern foreign language. The next stage would be applying to university to get onto an accredited civil engineering course, which is recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). After university, most graduates join a graduate programme – at a small or large firm – and work their way up the ladder. The application process varies from company to company, but it generally pays to apply early. Many courses offer the opportunity to spend a year in industry, and this may lead to the offer of a graduate role. If not, it's possible to find a summer placement or a work-shadowing opportunity. Some students decide to follow vocational courses after GCSEs. BTec qualifications in civil engineering are a tried and tested route to becoming a civil engineer, and can be taken either as part of an apprenticeship scheme or as a full-time college course. From BTec level 3, you can progress to a higher national diploma, a foundation degree in civil engineering or a university degree."