Civil Engineering - Foundation/BEng - BEng (Hons)

UCAS Code:
H20F
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

Prepare for an exciting and challenging career in the construction industry with our Civil Engineering course. We’ll provide you with knowledge of the technical, managerial, economic, theoretical and environmental aspects of civil engineering, so that you will be able to apply yourself to both the management and design of civil engineering projects.

What's covered in the course?

The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BEng (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four) in your studies. The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of the degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all modules of the Foundation Certificate.

On this course you will develop the key transferable skills that modern employers require, such as problem solving, project planning, presentation and communication. Our strong links to industry enable you to apply your learning to problem-based scenarios, ensuring your intellectual and practical competencies are fully developed.

Civil engineers build power stations, bridges and motorways; our course will prepare you to work on these projects. You will focus on hydraulics, examining how water flows and drives turbines, and your studies will be enhanced through site visits, field trips and guest lectures.

You’ll experience a unique simulated workplace and work towards a successful career as a chartered civil engineer.

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Why Choose Us?

  • The average starting salary of a School of Engineering and the Built Environment graduate is £23,000 (DLHE 2014/15).
  • In 2017, we are spending £8.7 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.
  • The course will develop your understanding of many construction professions within the field of civil engineering.
  • The course will help you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the many construction professions within the field of civil engineering.
  • You have the option to enhance your skills and gain valuable work experience with a placement at one of our key industry link companies.
  • Our graduates work for companies such as Balfour Beatty, Cancer Care, in roles such as construction managers or design engineers.
  • The course meets the specific requirements of professional bodies, enabling you to progress in your career as a civil engineer.
This course is not open to International students
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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

80 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level 80 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels 

with at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject at A Level or equivalent.

Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit or Distinction.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D or combined with other level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)

Computing/Engineering preferred. Pass, Merit, Merit.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate Passes in six subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Passes in five subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

Additional Requirements

As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.

This will provide you with more information about the School and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline
SW 5 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Call Clearing hotline

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 Call Clearing hotline

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Foundation Year

The Foundation Year modules focus on developing the key skills you will need to undertake a degree in engineering. In the first semester, you will study modules in Engineering Science, Mathematics for Engineers and Practical Skills. You will then explore these subjects in more depth in semester two.

Mathematics for Engineers I
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

You will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering facts to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

The module also enables you to develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond. 

Mathematics for Engineers II
20 credits

Building on your learning in Mathematics for Engineers 1, in this module you will further develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

The module also enables you to develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond. 

Practical Skills I
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the second Practical Skills module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you will develop in other course modules.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.  

Practical Skills II
20 credits

This module builds on the skills learnt in Practical Skills 1 in order to provide the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you will develop in other modules on the course.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project activity to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.  

Engineering Science I
20 credits

This module aims to give you the knowledge and problem-solving skills that you need to progress to the next science module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree.  

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the foundation year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Engineering Science II
20 credits

This module aims to build on Engineering Science 1 to further develop your knowledge and problem-solving skills and enable you to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It contains the material normally encountered in an A Level physics course which is relevant for entry to an engineering degree. 

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

You will use the mathematical techniques developed in other modules and gain the theoretical knowledge essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in practical modules.

Year One

Engineering Principles I
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with the underpinning knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to progress to the next Engineering Principles module, and then onto the second year.

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Mathematics and Design
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and engineering graduates’ ability to communicate the ideas of engineering.

This module aims to make you proficient in developing the design process, from concept to failure modes effects analysis, via numerical data sets. Application of these data sets includes their interpretation both to and from the mathematical language. 

This module will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering realities to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Engineering Principles II
20 credits

Building on the Engineering Principles modules in semester one, this module aims to provide the knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to help you progress to the second year of your degree. 

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Engineering Practice
20 credits

This module concentrates on practical skills to complement the theory and mathematics you learn in other elements of the course, allowing you to progress to later modules and onto the second year.

You will develop practical, professional engineering skills, including skills required for conceiving, designing, implementing and operating engineering solutions.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.

Maths and Professional Skills
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering which is expected of engineering graduates.

This module aims to make you proficient in developing and presenting engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusion.

It will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Integrated Engineering Project
20 credits

The module aims to provide the practical and professional skills to enable you to progress on to the second year of an engineering degree.  As the theoretical aspects of physical science and maths are delivered in other themes of the first year, the Integrated Engineering Project will concentrate on developing your practical skills by applying them to a particular project.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three three-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutors in groups of 5–10 students.  

Year Two

Structures I
20 credits

This module has been designed to enable you to use problem-based learning to understand structural theory relating to buildings and other structures and the application of Eurocode methods, building on methods learned in Level 4 modules.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials and problem based scenarios, backed up by visits to construction sites and exhibitions when appropriate. Learning is practice-based, knowledge applied and work-related, and includes project-based activities. 

Activities incorporate formative assessment including problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work, peer assessment and learning sets. Practical work within this module includes use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group work. 

Soil Mechanics
20 credits

Using problem-based learning, you will gain an understanding of the effects of soil mechanics on Civil Engineering and relate it to information about the geotechnical tests and reports. It includes opportunities to complete laboratory tests to define certain properties of soils.

You will develop your intellectual and practical competence in technical, theoretical and environmental aspects of civil engineering. You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience and problem-based scenarios. Activities incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminars and laboratory work.

Practical work within this module includes practical demonstrations, seminar, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool and group project work.

Numerical Analysis
20 credits

The module introduces the mathematical concepts such as transform calculus and matrix theory used to solve systems of first and second order differential equations underpinning the engineering disciplines undertaken within the Faculty. 

This provides you with the capability of modelling systems using both the transfer function and state-space paradigms. In particular, you will be able to model linear systems in continuous and discrete time, as well as by frequency response methods. 

Teaching and assessment will comprise not only traditional lectures and tutorials but also provide training in industry standard software for problem solving within coursework assessment. 

Integrated Digital Design for Complex Structures
20 credits

This module encourages you to explore the potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM).  Through developing a project, you will explore the potential of multiple BIM data developments.

The module incorporates learning through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience, learning sets and problem based scenarios, backed up by guest speakers and visits to construction sites when appropriate.

Learning activities incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work, peer assessment and learning sets. Practical work includes practical demonstrations, seminar, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group project work. 

Civil Engineering Materials and Surveys
20 credits

This module will help you understand the properties and uses of materials in Civil Engineering. 

You will develop your intellectual and practical competence in technical, managerial, economic, theoretical and environmental aspects of civil engineering. The learning and teaching philosophy incorporates formal lectures, presentations, seminars, tutorials, and visits to construction sites, manufacturers and exhibitions when appropriate. 

Learning is practice-based, including project activities and considering the international dimension. Learning activities will incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks and seminar work. Practical work within this module includes practical demonstrations, seminar, laboratory, problem-based scenarios and group project work. 

Civil Engineering Applications
20 credits

Using problem-based learning to understand the technology of civil engineering, this module investigates a project from inception to construction and identifies the methods and techniques used in putting together a range of structures and infrastructure.

You will develop your intellectual and practical competence in technical, managerial, economic, theoretical and environmental aspects of civil engineering. The learning and teaching philosophy incorporates formal lectures, presentations, seminars, tutorials, and visits to construction sites, manufacturers and exhibitions when appropriate. 

Learning is practice-based, including project activities and considering the international dimension. Learning activities will incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks and seminar work. 

Year Three

Hydraulics and Drainage
20 credits

This module uses problem-based learning to understand the theories and applications of hydraulics in civil engineering, including flow of fluids and theories relating to pumps, many demonstrated through laboratory experiments. Theories are then practically applied to drainage system design.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience, learning sets and problem based scenarios. Learning activities will incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work and learning sets.

Practical work includes demonstrations, seminars, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool and problem-based scenarios.

Geotechnical Engineering
20 credits

This module explores theories of geotechnics and their application to design and construction of civil engineering projects. It will enhance your knowledge and ability to work in and lead teams, including the aptitude to work independently and understand the importance of being a reflective and innovative professional.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience, learning sets and problem-based scenarios, backed up by visits to exhibitions when appropriate. Learning activities will incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks and seminar work.

Practical work includes practical demonstrations, seminars, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group projects.

Structures II
20 credits

This module enables you to understand Structural Design and relate it to information learned in previous modules.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials and problem-based scenarios, backed up by visits to construction sites when appropriate. Learning is practice-based and knowledge applied, and incorporates project-based activities. International design methods are utilised and theories applied to such locations. 

Learning activities will incorporate problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work and learning sets. Practical work within this module includes use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group work. 

Advanced Analysis and Design Methods
20 credits

This module has been designed to enable you to use problem-based learning to understand the materials now being used in Civil Engineering and the innovative ways they are being applied. It helps you to understand how test results can help to assess materials and to improve the sustainability of civil engineering projects.

You will learn through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience, learning sets and problem based scenarios, backed up by guest speakers when appropriate. Learning activities incorporate formative assessment including work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work and learning sets.

Practical work within this module includes practical demonstrations, seminar, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group work. 

Individual Honours Project (BEng only)
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.  

Assessment is split into 50 per cent exams and 50 per cent coursework.

We will enhance your knowledge and understanding through formal lectures, presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience and problem-based scenarios. Guest speakers, as well as visits to construction sites, manufacturers and exhibitions, will give you valuable insight and experience of the industry.

You will be assessed through work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work, peer assessment and learning sets, while summative assessment is provided in projects, presentations, time-controlled assignments and end examinations.

In your final year, you will conduct an individual project, where you will hone and enhance your organisational, research and time management skills.

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 12-15 hours per week of contact time over four days

International opportunities

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

We will develop the skills, understandings and personal attributes that will help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing employment.

We will ensure you are professional, work-ready and enterprising, with a global outlook and the ability to solve problems creatively.

This course has been mapped against the UKSpec subject benchmarks for engineering, and we will support you to work towards a range of competencies linked to these benchmarks. We will also support your readiness for work by offering placements, where you can gain vital work experience in a real-life business.

Birmingham City University also has the Graduate+ scheme, an extracurricular programme which has been designed to hone the subject-based skills you develop throughout the programme alongside broader employability skills. You’ll develop skills in CV writing, presentations, a portfolio and more.

Placements

The Faculty has committed to ensuring that all students who would like to take out a third year in industry will be provided with that opportunity. This is not compulsory, but certainly is recommended since this can have positive implications for your future employability and sometimes even provides sponsorship.

With the advantage of a construction site right on our doorstep as the University grows, students and graduates have benefited from placements and hands-on experience.

You will also benefit from the innovative Building Birmingham Scholarship programme. Launched by Birmingham City Council, it supports young people wishing to pursue a career in construction.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Leyland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

Antony Taft

Senior Lecturer

Antony is a Senior Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment and Course Director for HNC Construction.

During over 33 years in the construction industry Antony has worked for Local Authorities, Developers, Civil Engineering Consultants ultimately as the Associate Director of a multi-national consultants and finally in the education sector. A period was spent in Nigeria working on social development projects.

UK prospective students:

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EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

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