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Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering

Course Code: C5119
Campus: Millfield
Week Commencing: 18 Sep 17
End Date: 10 Jun 18
Time: 09:00-16:00

Civil Engineers play a vital role in the planning, design and construction of the infrastructure which is fundamental to the economic wellbeing of a region or country.  Civil Engineers therefore have very wide career opportunities and are employed because of their scientific knowledge, design expertise, problem-solving skills and business awareness. 

This is a two-year foundation degree offered by Belfast Met in collaboration with Ulster University.  Foundation students are enrolled as students in both the College and the University and have all the main entitlements as other undergraduate students at Ulster University.  This course is designed for people who wish to progress to study a degree in civil engineering or are interested in a career in the construction/civil engineering industry and require a foundation degree to enhance employment prospects. 

Modules of study include: Civil Engineering Construction, Science and Materials, Engineering Surveying, Mathematics, Structures, ICT and Geology and Soil Mechanics.  Students will undertake a period of relevant industrial work placement which will assist in developing a sound understanding of the practical applications of some of the theoretical content, this forms a significant portion of the assessment and will be completed in the first semester of year two.  Assessment is by a combination of assignments and examinations.  The assignments are often based on case studies or practical exercises and are designed to encourage students to explore the wider application of core engineering principles.

This programme of study is likely to include enrichment modules which are an additional component to enhance your employability.

This course session is currently closed for enrolment/applications – it may be offered at a later date – please continue to check our website for updates.

Career Opportunities / Progression

Successful students can progress to year two of an undergraduate engineering programme. After a further two years of study, students can graduate with an honours degree from Ulster University or QUB. Students can also apply for other design/engineering related degree courses at different institutions. Alternatively they may choose to seek full-time employment in the construction or civil engineering industry.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general University entrance requirements as specified in the University Calendar of General Regulations and at least one of the following:

1. A minimum tariff of 160 points to include Grades CC including Mathematics and one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics or Technology and Design, together with a minimum of five passes at GCSE Grade C or above, which must include English Language and Mathematics. NB: Applicants not offering Physics at A Level should have a minimum of a Grade C in GCSE Physics or Double Award Science.
2. Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (18 units) in a relevant discipline, with a Merit or above in at least half of the units taken (relevant units will be specified) and Passes in the remaining units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.
3. Irish Leaving Certificate: A minimum of five subjects including grades BBCC at Higher Level to include Mathematics and a relevant Science subject. If English and Physics are not offered at Higher Level, a minimum of a Grade C at Ordinary Level is required.
4. Scottish Highers: Grades BBCC to include Mathematics and a relevant Science subject. If English and Physics are not offered at Higher Level a minimum of a Grade 3 at Standard/Grade C at Intermediate Level 2 is required.
5. Access Course: A minimum of 55% average in a relevant discipline, including Mathematics and relevant Science units (Level 3).
6. Another qualification deemed to be appropriate by the admissions tutor.
7. Evidence of an ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.


Tuition Fee


Course fees relate to the first year of this two year course

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Important Information

Attendance at an information session is mandatory in order that candidates can make an informed decision regarding their application for this course.

Other Information

Contact Information

Thomas Close, Tel: 028 9026 5423 or email: [email protected]