Civil Engineering with Foundation Year
BEng (Hons)

Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Civil Engineering with Foundation Year at Salford


Our teaching staff won the Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering Education for the second time in 2015, making the University of Salford the only university to have won it twice


Successful completion can lead to entry on accredited programmes


Covers a wide range of scientific and engineering principles

Course Summary

The Foundation Year course provides students with a broad introduction to civil engineering. It is ideal for students who may not have reached the required level in A levels or BTEC study or those who have chosen a new direction for their studies. On completion of the introductory Foundation Year you will go on to study the same curriculum as the standard degree course.

Civil Engineering is all about creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live. It provides the facilities for day-to-day life, and for transport and industry to go about its work. Infrastructure is the thing that supports our daily life - roads and harbours, railways and airports, hospitals, sports stadiums and schools, access to drinking water and shelter from the weather. Infrastructure adds to our quality of life, and because it works, we take it for granted. Only when parts of it fail, or are taken away, do we realise its value.

Salford's Civil Engineering teaching team won the 2012 IStructE Teaching Excellence Award and constantly strive to improve and develop teaching practice.

Course Details

In the first year of the Foundation programme, a total of ten modules are studied.  These will provide a good grounding in mathematics and other relevant subjects to equip students with appropriate understanding and skills to bridge into one of the main programmes in Civil Engineering (e.g. the BEng/MEng Civil Engineering, BEng Civil and Architectural Engineering).

Year 1

Information technologies and the use of software is increasingly being used in engineering design. In this module you will be introduced to some of the elements of information technologies which will be provide you with the necessary skills to use in future (including writing reports and presentations).
You will develop an ability to analyse basic structures using the main laws of physics. Simple introductory examples were used to extend your knowledge of analysis of basic structural elements.
An understanding and ability to use mathematics are essential skills for success in engineering. These modules will provide an introduction to mathematics and review the following subjects: algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus, with some emphasis on their applications to engineering.
Civil engineering projects have a lot in common with other engineering disciplines such as mechanical engineering. This module, introduce some of the properties of material including fluids and provide the necessary information on energy transfer using mathematics and physics.
This module will build on other modules such as Mechanical Systems to develop an ability to analyse structures using the main laws of physics. This will include developing your understanding of several materials and studying their fundamental behaviour.
An wholly practical module which will allow students to explore the use and design of experimental apparatus, to investigate a range of civil engineering principles and infrastructure.

For subsequent years, please see details of the relevant Civil Engineering Programmes (i.e.BEng/MEng Civil Engineering, BEng Civil and Architectural Engineering )

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE C in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points 180 points
GCE A level 180 points including A level or equivalent in a numerate science. D in Maths
BTEC National Diploma MMP. Merit in Maths Modules.
Scottish Highers 180 points. (Mathematics at grade D or Physics at grade D).
Irish Leaving Certificate 180 points including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level.
International Baccalaureate 26 points including grade 4 in Physics and Maths.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Applicant profile

We are looking for students who have a keen desire to follow a career in civil engineering. Good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic are desirable. You should have a good understanding of linking theory to real life applications and an attention to detail.


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory Exercises
  • Projects


Career Prospects

As a graduate of this course you have potential for employment with major civil engineering contractors, consulting engineers or local authorities.

Industrial placement opportunities available on this course have helped improve the employment opportunities for many of our graduates.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000 (£5,500 for foundation year)
Part-time£917 per 20 credits
Full-time International£13,300 (£8,300 for foundation year)

Students should expect to pay an additional £200 (approximately) for a field trip. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Financial support for this course

As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:


  • Heavy Structures laboratory
  • Light Structures laboratory
  • Soil Mechanics laboratory
  • Hydraulics laboratory
  • Water Quality laboratory