Course overview Civil Engineering
At City, we welcome students from diverse backgrounds and understand not everyone has the qualifications to apply directly to our engineering degrees.
The one-year programme is designed to help you develop the study skills and academic knowledge needed for a civil engineering degree.
You will receive support to develop the independent study skills that will help you thrive at degree-level.
This Civil Engineering Foundation Course is designed specifically to help people with the passion and potential to study with us. For example, mature students who need to update their technical knowledge and get used to studying again after being in work.
After you complete this course
By the end of the year, you will have built a firm foundation for your future success as a university student.
On successful completion of this Civil Engineering Foundation Course, you’ll have the confidence and knowledge to progress to a BEng or MEng degree.
On this one-year course, you’ll develop a firm foundation in key topics related to civil engineering. You will study:
- Computing and IT
- Communication and study skills
You will study theory classes at Westminster Kingsway College and conduct laboratory work at City, University of London. This will prepare you to progress to a degree at City upon successful completion of the course.
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Teaching and assessment
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.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including:
- Written assignments and Coursework, including essays: these may take the form of case studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support for another assessment such as a poster presentation
- Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario-based.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework:
Foundation year 50% written, 50% coursework.
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 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Foundation year 47% scheduled learning, 53% independent learning.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2022/23 entry.
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Following successful completion of your Foundation Programme, you can choose to progress to a Civil Engineering degree at City, University of London. This will open up a range of rewarding civil engineering careers.
Students who successfully complete the Foundation course may progress onto the following programmes at City:
Civil engineers plan, design and construct the infrastructure around us, working on projects such as motorways, railways, hospitals and airports.
City graduates have worked on some of the most important civil engineering projects in recent times, including the HS2 rail project and landmark buildings.
Recent graduates have secured work with:
- Network Rail
- Bouygues Construction
- Farrans Construction.
How to apply
Applications for this course are now closed.
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