Civil Engineering (Foundation Entry) BEng (Hons)

Civil Engineering (Foundation Entry) BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering

UCAS Code

7M36

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 4 Years, 5 Years with Industrial Placement

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    7M36; Short form: CEFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry year, you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the principles and concepts of engineering, underpinned by a sound knowledge and understanding of scientific principles.

You’ll be taught by research-informed specialist staff in state-of-the-art laboratories and will benefit from the introduction of a new £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre on campus, which is due to open in 2019.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Study Skills
  • Basic Mathematics
  • ICT

Continued

  • Practical Skills
  • Design Studies
  • Analytical Studies

Year 2

  • Engineering Analysis
  • Civil Engineering Design and Technology
  • Civil Engineering Hydraulics and Materials
  • Civil Engineering Structures and Geotechnics

Year 3

  • Management and Project Planning
  • Structural Analysis and Element Design
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering Design and CAD
  • Hydraulic Engineering and Materials
  • Engineering Analysis B

Year 4

  • Project Management and BIM
  • Structural Engineering
  • Engineering Design Project
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Engineering Dissertation

Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.
 

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This Civil Engineering degree course is founded on strong industry links and taught by experienced, professionally qualified staff.

The advantages of this course are:

  • An integrated design projects environment with other built environment disciplines
  • Managing projects effectively and efficiently, through engaging in management issues from the onset of the programme
  • State-of-the-art, well-equipped laboratories and digital teaching and learning facilities within UCLan’s innovative Engineering Innovation Centre
  • Contribution from high profile, regionally based practitioners
  • Students will be taught by research-informed teaching staff at the top of their profession
  • Opportunities to become research intern, working with UCLan’s research staff, during the Summer vacation, whilst you are still a student

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.

Oliver Forbes-Shaw, Industry placement student

“The projects you get involved in are useful and certainly helped lay the foundations for my placement as an assistant site engineer with Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd.  On my placement I have been also able to apply the knowledge I learned working on the Pooley Bridge Reconstruction Project in the North Lakes.”

Haseef Ehsan, MEng Civil Engineering student

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Facilities

On your course you will be supported by the latest state of the art equipment. With the introduction of the Engineering Innovation Centre, due to open in 2019, over £2 million of investment has already been made in new equipment across engineering including flumes and structural testing machines for civil engineering.

Land Surveying

A range of modern survey equipment for use as part of a variety of programmes of study.

Materials Laboratory

Offering a series of practical experiments designed to investigate the properties of a variety of materials used in civil engineering.
 

Fluid and Thermo Dynamics Laboratory

Facilities to assess the engineering principles underlying both fluid and thermo dynamics.
 

CAD Suites & Large Format Printing

CAD software, in particular 3D design software requires a higher specification computer which is offered in the CAD suites at UCLan. Access to large format colour printing is also available.

Live Projects and Fieldtrips

You will have the opportunity to engage with live projects including with high profile clients. You'll benefit from speakers from the Institution of Civil Engineering and related institutions and from workshops delivered by regional and national contributors. Fieldtrips are regularly organised by tutors to visit examples of best practice projects.

Hydroelectric Plant Site Visit

A group of civil engineering students visited Heron Corn Mill to view the new plant and gain inspiration for their own projects.

Civil Engineering studentsRead the full story

Constructionarium Project

Civil Engineering students travelled to Constructionarium in Norfolk to build a scaled down version of one of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks.

Civil Engineering students at Constructionarium in Norfolk.Read the full story

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Our civil engineering course is founded on strong industry links and taught by experienced, professionally qualified staff. Courses relating to the built environment have been taught at the University for over a century.

Professional Accreditation

The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).  This means that graduates can become members of this Institute with all the associated benefits of belonging to a professional organisation.

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as:

  1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

See https://www.jbm.org.uk/home for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The following will be studied throughout the course:

  •  The properties of construction materials and their applications
  •  The properties of fluids and their applications
  •  How engineering structures and systems work
  •  Sustainable use of resources on projects
  •  Design, construction and usage of civil engineering systems.

Opportunities

As a civil engineer, you will become a part of a dynamic, fast growing industry with the potential to develop your career across the globe. You will have alternative routes to gain employment in a range of engineering disciplines, within either the broad area of civil engineering or specialist disciplines such as a structural engineer, transportation engineer, environmental engineer, or engineering hydrologist. As well as the option to further your specialisation with a postgraduate course, you can also diversify into the academic world of research and development, within universities or work for dedicated established research organisations within the built environment.