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Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering

Course Code: C5119
Campus: Millfield
Week Commencing: 17 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
08 Jun 19
Time: 09:00-16:00
Day of Week: N/A

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. This course is designed for people who require a foundation degree to enhance employment prospects, or wish to progress to study for a degree in civil engineering, or are interested in a career in the construction/civil engineering industry.

Modules of study currently include: Civil Engineering Construction, Science and Materials, Engineering Surveying, Mathematics, Structures, CAD, and Geology and Soil Mechanics. The course will be revalidated in 2018. All students will undertake a period of relevant industrial work placement, minimum duration 13 weeks, 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 second semester of year two.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework 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 units which are an additional component to enhance your employability.

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. 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 General Entry Requirement and at least one of the following:

1. At A-level, a minimum tariff of 64 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: 64 tariff points including a minimum of five subjects at Higher Level to include Mathematics and a relevant Science subject.

4. Access Course: A minimum of 55% average in a relevant discipline, including Mathematics and relevant Science units (Level 3).

5. Alternative qualifications approved by the University.

6. Evidence of an ability to undertake the programme through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), plus GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above.


Tuition Fee



Course fees relate to year one of this two–year course.

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Other Information

Contact Information

Tom Close, tel: 028 9026 5382 or email: [email protected]