If you prefer a more practical approach to study, this foundation degree is an excellent stepping stone to becoming a technical engineer. Developed in partnership with employers, our FdEng Civil Engineering opens doors to a rewarding career where you can really make your mark on the world around us.
- Join a course with professional accreditation so you can meet the academic requirements to register as an Engineering Technician
- Draw on our strong partnerships with employers and professional bodies in the civil engineering industry
- Develop your industry insights through practical projects, work-based learning and fieldtrips
- Use the latest equipment in our high-specification civil engineering labs
- Tailor your studies to suit your lifestyle and other commitments: you can take this course on a full-time, part-time or day release basis
- Gain the ideal platform to progress to the final stage of the full honours degree in Civil Engineering
- Boost your employability – we are ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree (HESA 2016)
This vocational course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in civil engineering. If you prefer a more practical approach to study, it is an ideal route towards becoming a technical engineer. It also provides a stepping stone to the final stage of the full BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree.
The FdEng Civil Engineering is accredited - on behalf of the Engineering Council - by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, and the Institute of Highway Engineers so it will enhance your professional credibility.
It means that, on successful completion of your studies, you will fully meet the academic requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician and partially meet the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. For further information, visit the Joint Board of Moderators website.
The FdEng Civil Engineering features a mixture of face-to-face lectures, practical projects and work-based learning. You can use the latest equipment in our civil engineering labs to experiment with construction materials, the strength and rigidity of structures and the movements and properties of fluids.
You will study modules such as:
- Applied Mathematics 1
- Civil Engineering Construction
- Construction CAD and Personal Development (Work Based Learning)
- Construction Materials Technology
- Site Surveying 1 (Work Based Learning)
- Structures 1
You will study modules such as:
- Built Environment Project and Personal Development (Work Based Learning)
- Fluids and Drainage Engineering
- Geology and Soil Mechanics
- Project Management (Work Based Learning)
- Quantity Surveying Practice (Work Based Learning)
- Surveying 2
- Maintenance and Refurbishment
- Applied Mathematics 2
If you want to go on to study the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, you will take a bridging module such as:
Real world learning
There will be a mixture of face-to-face lectures, practical work and work-based learning. Work-based learning gives you credit for activities you undertake yourself in the workplace. Fieldtrips also form a key part of this course.
How you are assessed
You will be assessed using a mixture of assignments, group work, presentations, logbook and examinations. A vital feature of the course is the incorporation of work-based learning and its assessment.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification.
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualitications:
- BTEC - MMM
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
This course is ideal if you wish to embark on a career within civil engineering or if you are already working in the industry and are keen to develop your skills. It will prepare you for a wide variety of career opportunities in the civil engineering sector.
After completing the foundation degree and the bridging module, you can also progress to the final stage of our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering course.
† Additional information about your studies
Part-time: 3 years; Day release: 3 years
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.