BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications
Page last updated 4 December 2023
Get industry ready on this degree, which has high graduate employment rates and provides learning opportunities in the class room, laboratory and in the field
Why study civil engineering?
Civil engineers are creative problem solvers who tackle some of the world's biggest challenges.
From the world's tallest buildings to resilient water supplies in developing countries, civil engineers work on the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure.
This puts them in a prime position to shape the world around us, and protect and enhance our environment through the sustainable use of resources.
Why UWE Bristol?
BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering introduces you to the broad spectrum of civil and environmental engineering.
Learn about structures and materials, soil mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology and risk management. Get involved with research in transport, flooding, bridges and sustainability.
Develop vital professional skills in management, creative skills in design and practical skills in surveying, geographical information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD).
Apply what you've learned through projects based on real-world scenarios. Complete placements provided by our partner employers and get their advice on CV-writing and interview techniques.
Gain an inside track on the profession through site visits and guest lecturers.
Where can it take me?
This degree is your first step on the path to becoming an professional engineer.
Careers will be varied, with opportunities in the UK and overseas in areas such as structural design, water, power, road or railway infrastructure engineering, business planning and cost forecasting.
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You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
- Engineering Experimentation
- Foundation Group Project
- Foundation Mathematics: Algebra and Calculus
- Foundation Mechanics
- Introduction to Mechatronics.
- Civil Engineering Design and Technology
- Civil Engineering Field Skills and Surveying
- Construction Materials and Sustainability
- Engineering Practice 1
- Engineering Principles for Civil Engineering.
- Computational Civil Engineering
- Engineering Practice 2
- Engineering Research
- Hydraulics and its Applications
- Integrated Structural Engineering
- Soil Mechanics.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.
You'll also complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
- Advanced Structural Analysis
- Engineering Project
- Infrastucture Design and Implemenation Project
- Professionalism for Engineers*
- Transport Engineering Design.
Plus one optional module from:
- Assessment and Mitigation of Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards
- Engineering Geology
- Traffic Management and Safety
- Water Management.
*You won't study this module if you complete the placement year.
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we'll inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Our lecturing staff achieve consistently high scores on the National Student Survey and provide a friendly environment for learning. They're active researchers or industrial consultants and stay aware of advances in the field.
Find out more about our School's approach to learning and teaching.
The structure of the course provides a balance between theory, practice and design.
Learn through a blend of lectures, seminars, small group work, laboratory classes, fieldwork and practical work.
Gain skills and apply knowledge through problem-based and work-based learning in project modules. Get involved in national competitions to build your skills and experience.
Attend presentations from visiting professionals to learn about industry challenges and decide which area to go into. Develop key analytical, communication and business skills that will help you succeed in the workplace.
Receive mentoring from more advanced students through our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Showcase your work
Present your final year project work at the annual degree show.
Network with industry
Attend careers fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate.
Take part in workshops with our partner employers and get advice on careers, CV-writing and interview techniques.
Study this course three years full-time, four years sandwich (with a placement year after year two) or five years part-time by day release.
If you're a part-time student, you'll study the same core modules as full-time students, but they'll be spread over five years.
This is a popular route as it lets you earn while you learn and your work provides a practical context for your learning. Work-based learning routes are available for some modules.
Modules are assessed through a combination of exams and coursework. Exams take place at the middle and end of each year.
You'll complete most coursework individually but there are some group assignments. Coursework can essays, reports, presentations, teamwork exercises and progress tests.
We encourage you to do formative work, e.g. practice tests, to prepare for assessments. This doesn't count towards your marks but feedback will help you to improve your performance.
Support is available if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
The School is currently seeking extension of accreditation of this course from the JBM.
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.
Placements are available with our partner employers, as well as organisations across the region. Past students have worked for water companies, local authorities, regional and international consultancies.
Many of these employers have been so impressed with the calibre of our placement students that they employed them on graduation.
You can also volunteer to help develop the infrastructure in developing countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders.
Fieldwork helps you gain valuable practical experience and a number of modules include site visits.
Destinations include Dartmoor in year one, Wessex Water sites in year two and an opportunity to travel overseas in your final year.
Learn in a modern building with new studios, teaching rooms and well-equipped laboratories for concrete and environmental science, hydraulics, environmental physics, earth sciences and surveying technology.
Measure angles, distances and topography and carry out level surveys in our surveying lab.
Model and test hydrological and surface water drainage, map locations and design structures using industry-standard geographic information system (GIS) and statistical software in our computer labs.
Create and test structures in our concrete and physics labs and explore and test theories in our hydraulics labs.
This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Engineering facilities and see what's on offer here for you.
Careers / Further study
Careers are varied, with opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Work in areas like structural design, water, power, road or railway infrastructure engineering, business planning and cost forecasting.
With the relevant work experience, you could become an Incorporated Engineer.
Many graduates continue studying on MSc courses, either full-time or part-time alongside their Initial Professional Development.
Several recent graduates have secured research studentships to complete an Engineering Doctorate or PhD.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Full-time; Sandwich course
Indicative Additional Costs
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 80
- Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.
- Access: No specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
- Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
- T Levels: No specific subjects required.
If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering.
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to year one of the degree.