School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Foundation Year

Do you want to become a civil engineer, but lack the normal entry requirements for one of our honours degrees? Perhaps you've shown evidence of good academic potential, but don’t have sufficient qualifications or have been out of formal education for a while. This new four year degree route incorporates a foundation year that is broadly equivalent to mathematics and physics A level and includes a project and introductory engineering topics.

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Key features

  • In the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking we are eighth out of 50, and the highest ranked UK university, for Marine/Ocean Engineering.
  • Progress onto the first year of a professionally accredited civil or civil and coastal engineering degree course, guaranteed provided you pass the foundation year at the required level.
  • We have an established track record of students progressing from the foundation year to success in their chosen degree course. 
  • Gain a gentle introduction to mathematics and science, essential for success on our civil engineering courses.
  • Benefit from material specifically for civil engineering students including an appropriate project in term two.
  • Learn from our professionally qualified teaching staff and researchers. You’ll be taught by some of the same tutors who will teach you later in the degree. 97 per cent of our students say our staff are good at explaining things [source: unistats].
  • Our friendly staff operate an open door policy and tutors are more than happy to discuss your work and offer assistance.
  • Discussions with your lecturers allow you to make an informed choice about which degree to select towards the end of your first year of study.
  • The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree. Completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but will provide access to Year 1 of your degree.

Course details

  • Foundation year
  • The course comprises four themes: civil engineering, mathematical methods, applied mathematics (mechanics), and physics. You can expect about 18 hours of contact per week and will be studying independently for at least the same amount of time. Your assessment will be in the form of coursework assignments, in-class tests and end of year examinations. You’ll get experience in the use of professional software packages also used on our degree courses.
    Core modules
    • CIVL050 Civil Engineering

      This module provides an introduction to the civil engineering profession and to the types of careers open to graduates in this discipline. Relevant transferable skills are also introduced to support a group project which aims to develop an appreciation of the knowledge and skills required for progression to the civil engineering degree programmes.

    • MATH051 Mathematical Methods I

      This module is intended to show how mathematics is a fundamental part of the world of engineering, science and computing as well as of the world around us. Assuming a base of GCSE grade C, the lectures and assessments are designed to lead to an understanding of the application of mathematics to GCE A Level grade C and above.

    • MATH053 Mathematical Methods II

      This module is intended to show how mathematics is a fundamental part of the world of engineering and science as well as of the world around us. It extends the mathematics taught in MATH051 to include complex numbers, differential equations and numerical methods.

    • MATH058 Applied Mathematics

      This module provides an introduction to applied mathematics. The focus of the module is on the use of mechanics to solve basic problems of an engineering and scientific nature in the real world. Topics studied are: modelling; forces; vectors; kinematics in one and two dimensions; Newton's laws; moments and energy

    • PHYS050 Physics I

      This module provides an introduction to physics and its applications in science and engineering. This module assumes little previous knowledge of physics.

    • PHYS051 Physics II

      This module continues the work in Physics I, providing an introduction to physics and its applications in science and engineering.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BEng Civil Engineering With Foundation Year Programme Specification 3797

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

72

A levels: A levels or other Level 3 qualifications. Excluding general studies.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: MMP or Level 3 Diploma (12 Unit): DM
12 Unit BTEC National Certificate/QCF Diploma: DM

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All Access courses: pass Access course (any subject) (including GCSE English and mathematics grade C/4 or above or equivalent). For candidates that do not have a science or technology background please contact: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk for further advice.

International Baccalaureate: 24 overall– English and mathematics must be included.

GCSE: mathematics and English at grade C or above.

Mature students with appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply. Other qualifications considered, please enquire.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,500 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



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Progression

Engineers are sought after in every industry. Our graduates have gone on to roles from highways and transportation to flooding and coastal engineering. We’ll give you the advice and support you need to begin the career of your choice.

After successfully completing the foundation year, you can progress directly onto year one of one of the civil engineering degrees.

Find out more about your progression opportunities

Facilities and resources

From dedicated computer laboratories to a wealth of electronic information, you’ll benefit from a range of facilities and resources that will help your learning and development.

Our facilities include our new £19 million Marine Building and dedicated engineering laboratories equipped with industry standard software.

Find out more about our exceptional civil engineering facilities and resources

Connecting with the industry

As a course focused on employability, we’ve developed a number of relationships with the industry to help provide you with the connections and opportunities you’ll need to begin your career.

We work closely with industry experts, organisations and awards to enhance your employability.

Find out about our industry partners, awards and course accreditation

Careers

With 86 per cent of graduates employed in a professional or managerial role six months after graduation, the connections we provide are meaningful and will have a direct impact on your employability.

We’ll give you the advice and support you need to begin the career of your choice.

Find out more about how we prepare you for a career in civil engineering

The Tamar Engineering Project

Funding and mentoring for high achievers who might not otherwise consider higher education as a route to a career in engineering.

Learn if you are eligible for this scholarship to study engineering at Plymouth University through the Tamar Engineering Project.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • £3,000 towards living costs per year of study
  • £1,500 course fee waiver per year of study
  • one-to-one mentoring from an industry expert.
Read more about the Tamar Engineering Project.

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