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Civil Engineering Foundation Programme

The Foundation course provides a pathway to BEng and MEng degree courses in Civil Engineering.

Key Information

Start date

September 2018


Full-time: 4 years for BEng degree with a foundation year; 5 years for MEng degree with a foundation year. This is a BEng degree with integrated Foundation Year. The first year (Year 0) is held at Westminster Kingsway College.


Full-time: £9,250 (2017/18 fee. Fees for 2018/19 entry TBC)


Full-time: £10,620 (2017/18 fee. Fees for 2018/19 entry TBC)

UCAS code

H202 (BEng Civil Engineering with Foundation Year)

Who is it for?

If you wish to study Civil Engineering or MEng Structural Engineering at City, University of London, but do not satisfy the entry requirements, the Civil Engineering Foundation course can be the first of a four year BEng (or five year MEng) degree.


The emphasis in the Foundation course is on developing your study skills and ability in mathematics and mechanics.

The course also suits mature applicants who need to update their technical knowledge and study skills.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: 80 UCAS tariff points including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade C or 'AS' Level grade A.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

You can apply through UCAS for our foundation year for our Civil engineering foundation course.

More about fees


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Teaching and learning

As a Foundation course student, you will take most of your classes at Westminster Kingsway College. Some laboratory classes are taken at City, University of London. A key element of the course is the tutorial support provided and the emphasis on the development of study skills. This makes the course suitable for mature students who lack formal qualifications or who are returning to study after some years. There is some flexibility to change to a different engineering course after the foundation year, subject to the agreement of the course director concerned.

You may use the study and social facilities at both City, University of London and Westminster Kingsway College. Assessment is by a combination of formal examinations and coursework.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • Practice Assessment Document (PAD): used to demonstrate achievement of practice competencies and also to record the number of hours of practice experience
  • Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
  • Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs): practical skills assessments which enable you to demonstrate particular clinical, communication or teaching skills
  • Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Stage 1

85% written, 15% practical, 0% coursework

Stage 2

47% written, 0% practical, 53% coursework

Stage 3

54% written, 0% practical, 46% coursework

Stage 4

54% written, 6% practical, 40% coursework.


Overall workload

Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Stage 1

47% scheduled learning, 53% independent learning, 0% placement

Stage 2

43% scheduled learning, 57% independent learning, 0% placement

Stage 3

36% scheduled learning, 64% independent learning, 0% placement

Stage 4

32% scheduled learning, 68% independent learning, 0% placement.

Career prospects

Further study

Students who successfully complete the Foundation course may transfer onto BEng Civil Engineering, MEng Civil Engineering or MEng Structural Engineering at City.

Find out how studying at City, University of London helps you to improve your job prospects.

Civil Engineering Foundation Programme

UCAS code: H202 (BEng Civil Engineering with Foundation Year)

You can apply through UCAS for our foundation year for our Civil engineering foundation course.

Contact details

Undergraduate Courses Office
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