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Civil Engineering with Foundation Year

BEng (Hons)

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Civil Engineering

UCAS Code: H201

Start Dates(s): September


Four years full-time (one year at foundation level plus three years BSc/BEng)
Five years with industrial placement

UK - £6000 for foundation year; £9250 for subsequent years

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • 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
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

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.

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 64 points
GCE A level 64 points including D grade required in Mathematics or Physics or Chemistry or Design & Technology. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma MMP. Merit in Maths Modules.
Scottish Highers 64 points. (Mathematics at grade D or Physics at grade D).
Irish Leaving Certificate 64 points including including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level.
International Baccalaureate 24 points including grade 4 in Physics or Maths.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

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.

Fees and Funding


Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6000 for foundation year; £9250 for subsequent years
Full-time International £14,400

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.


  • 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


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