The University of South Wales' foundation year in Civil Engineering gives you the knowledge and confidence to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree and develop key skills for success in the civil engineering industry.
This Civil Engineering degree will give you the appropriate practical and academic training for a career in civil engineering, including structural design, geotechnical design, project management, highway and transport engineering, and sustainable design and development.
Our accreditation from professional bodies ensures that what you learn relates directly to current industry standards. The Civil Engineering course also forms a full educational base for professional development to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
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.
Our Civil Engineering courses are 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.
Part-time students can follow an embedded professional qualification route, which gives them the opportunity to work towards a professional qualification while studying and working in the industry.
An open-door policy ensures that support and advice from academic staﬀ is always available during your studies.
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.
There are practical field courses in the UK, and you'll have the opportunity to complete a work placement as part of your studies.
Our civil engineering labs are equipped with the latest computer-aided and controlled machinery.
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.
BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from Higher Levels
Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C/Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
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.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.
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.
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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
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.
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.