BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Including Foundation Year)

Our foundation route into Civil Engineering allows you to build up the knowledge and confidence to progress into undergraduate study and develop key skills for success in the civil engineering industry. The foundation year will prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree, providing you with amazing opportunities for careers in the civil engineering profession.

You will have the right practical and academic training in areas such as structural design, geotechnical design, project management, highway and transport engineering, and sustainable design and development. You’ll gain knowledge of fundamental engineering principles, as well as IT skills. Using industry-standard software, you’ll learn how to apply these skills to engineering problems through design and project work. There are practical field courses in the UK, and you’ll be encouraged to complete a work placement as part of your studies.

This course is subject to validation.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H207 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H207 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

Foundation Year: Civil Engineering degree

  • Foundation Calculus - 10 credits
  • Foundations of Mathematics - 20 credits
  • Experimental Methods - 10 credits
  • Key Skills Development - 20 credits
  • Foundation Engineering Mechanics - 20 credits
  • An Introduction to the Construction Industry - 20 credits 
  • Conceptual Modelling and Sustainable Design - 20 credits

Year One: Civil Engineering degree

  • Engineering Maths 1 - 20 credits
  • Structural Analysis and Design 1 - 20 credits
  • Site Practice and Surveying - 20 credits
  • Construction Materials - 20 credits
  • Thermo-Fluid Mechanics - 20 credits

Year Two: Civil Engineering degree

  • Civil Engineering Practice - 20 credits
  • Structural Analysis and Design 2 - 20 credits
  • Sustainable Design Project - 20 credits
  • Engineering Surveying and Highway Design - 20 credits
  • Geotechnics and Hydrology - 20 credits
  • Analytical Methods and Hydraulics - 20 credits

Year Three: Civil Engineering degree

  • Individual Dissertation - 20 credits
  • Integrated Project - 20 credits
  • Structural Analysis and Design 3 - 20 credits
  • Civil Engineering Design and Applications - 20 credits
  • Civil Engineering Management and Business - 20 credits
  • Environmental Management and Sustainable Transport - 20 credits
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Engineering - 20 credits


The Civil Engineering degree offers a combination of theory and practice, so there is a balance of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Many modules require coursework only, while others are a mixture of coursework and exams.

Project modules are based on ‘live’ schemes, supported by guest lectures from professional engineers and, where appropriate, field courses are included to consolidate the knowledge gained in class and help you apply it in real-life situations.

This Civil Engineering degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Our accreditation from professional bodies ensures that what you learn relates directly to industry standards. See for further information.


Assessment methods include assignments, coursework, class tests and presentations. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.


This BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree is accredited by the JBM on behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. This course provides you with a full educational base for progression to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.


The University of South Wales has excellent facilities for civil engineering, and is committed to investment and refurbishment. We’ve just completed a £130m investment programme in new buildings and facilities.

The University has also announced a further investment of £28m to ensure that you’re using equipment and software that is state-of-the-art and industry-standard. We continually evaluate our labs and teaching spaces and regularly re-fit and re-equip them. A recent refurbishment of a number of our Civil and Mechanical Engineering labs is part of this programme of continuous enhancement of our facilities.


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Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer


Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

This civil engineering degree is designed to ensure you are highly employable and a valuable addition to the industry. The areas you will study include all the subjects necessary to meet the expectations of employers, preparing you for a career in this challenging and rewarding field.

Employment opportunities for our civil engineerin graduates are excellent. We also have excellent links with industry that can help you get a head start in your career. Our civil engineering graduates readily secure work with consulting engineers, civil engineering contractors and local authorities, and with a range of companies that include Capita Symonds, Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Hyder, Alan Griffiths Contractors Ltd, Morgan Est, Carillion PLC, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, Network Rail, United Utilities and various international companies.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW civil engineering student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.