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Civil Engineering with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


A level

D,D,E-D,D,D

64 UCAS points to include 1 A2 subject - D in Maths OR a Numerate Science. Numerate Sciences include: Physics (Pass practical) (D in A/S Physics also acceptable), Chemistry (Pass practical), Electronics, Design Technology and Computer Science. Engineering and Forensic Science are not acceptable in place of Maths or Numerate Science. No maths = offer Physics Foundation (F305) On successful completion of this Foundation, students could then gain entry on to any of the full Engineering degrees.

QAA Approved - Pass with 64 UCAS points Engineering or Science only

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or grade 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required. Equivalent qualifications Key Skills level 2, and Functional Skills Level 2, are also accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

Grade 4 in Physics or Maths at Higher Level.

64 UCAS tariff points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

64 UCAS Points - Engineering or Science (Construction OK) - Must obtain Merits in all Maths Modules.

64 UCAS points. To include at least one D at higher level in Maths or Science subject (Physics, Chemistry or Design Technology).

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Civil engineering

**Megaprojects, sustainability and growing urban populations, are driving new demands on our infrastructure networks. Develop the knowledge and skills to improve and facilitate daily life with a BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Foundation Year degree at Salford.**

Civil engineers create, improve and protect the infrastructure that supports everyday life. Gain the skills to successfully plan, manage and implement major engineering projects, and open up exciting career opportunities, with a civil engineering degree.

**Develop in-demand engineering knowledge and skills**
This foundation year pathway is an effective bridging course for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for the BEng (Hons) degree. You will complete a range of modules to develop your study skills and maths and physics knowledge, so you have the confidence and ability required for higher-level engineering. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to our accredited BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree course.

For three further years of study - or four, if you choose to include an industry placement, you will explore structures, surveying and project planning, water resources, geotechnics and seismic engineering. Led by our award-winning academic team, with strong industry links, you will explore how to create and deliver future infrastructure, buildings and facilities that improve our quality of life.
Your learning is based in our impressive civil engineering laboratories. We also take advantage of our amazing location at the heart of Greater Manchester to visit nearby world-famous civil engineering projects, such as the first ever canal and passenger railway line. During your second year, you will also have the opportunity to experience Constructionarium, an unmissable, week-long practical field visit that brings your classroom learning to life.

**Career-focused approach**
Collaboration is core to our values, so we strive to embed this throughout your studies. You will experience group projects that will build your confidence and capabilities in team working, problem-solving and communication - all desirable skills for real-world engineering careers. Our Civil Engineering courses scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data)

With a focus on your future, you will also develop transferable skills and learn about the decision-making methods used by industry. Once you join the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree (Ucas code: H200) you can choose to include an industry placement year, where you can gain additional skills and boost your employability once you graduate.

**Features**
• Initially study a foundation year to strengthen your maths, physics and study skills, ready to progress to the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree
• Gain understanding and ability to fulfil a range of civil engineering surveying tasks, land surveying and quantity surveying
• Develop your ability to design simple structural steel, analyse statically indeterminate structures and design complex structures
• Identify and manage environmental issues and associated risks relating to civil engineering, including water, transport, landscape, heritage and biodiversity
• Learn about materials and their fundamental behaviour, including construction materials, geology, soil mechanics and laboratory testing
• Develop professional knowledge, design and analytical skills, learning about associated social, legal and environmental issues

Modules

Year one modules may include: Information Technology and Study Skills, Mechanical Systems, Engineering Methodology (Semester 1 and 2), Power and Energy, Mechanical Systems, Experimental Methods.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
Civil engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Civil engineering

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
64%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

58%
UK students
42%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Civil engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

67%
Engineering professionals
6%
Quality and regulatory professionals
6%
Other elementary services occupations

Do you want to be in demand? This might be the degree for you! We are officially short of civil engineers, and so around two thirds of civil engineering graduates start jobs specifically as civil engineers, and starting salaries are well over £25k last year. Demand for civil engineers and related jobs - we're short of all of them - means that good graduates have plenty of options directly related to their degree when they graduate. This is a subject where work experience can be very helpful in getting a job and many students do work for engineering companies while they take their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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