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Would you like to start a successful and rewarding career in engineering? Do you already work in a related profession, but want the skills and qualification to progress? This course prepares you for employment in the areas of civil, environmental and structural engineering. It also enables continuous professional development for individuals already employed in the sector.

Additional information

More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.


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Additional costs:

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

  • Materials for independent study, such as laptop or desktop computer
  • Textbooks that are considered essential reading
  • External visits such as construction sites, city centres, monuments, stadia, museums/galleries/exhibitions.
  • Software to be able to work from home
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), budget estimate £30 - £150
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Apps which are generally free but have costs for upgraded versions

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Module information

More detailed information on modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus / Course Information’ section.

Start date


Entry requirements:

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points, normally gaining a pass in at least one relevant A2 subject; or a BTEC National Diploma or above; or an AVCE, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate or Welsh Baccalaureate, in a relevant subject; or a pass on an approved ACCESS course 
  • Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable 
  • Entry onto Level 5 will be considered on an individual basis in line 
  • Those without such qualifications are considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account 
  • Direct entry onto the FdEng second year will be given to those who hold a relevant HNC with 120 Credits from Coleg Llandrillo or Coleg Menai

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures 
  • Workshops 
  • Tutorials 
  • Employment based modules 
  • Guest speakers 
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)


The course is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Individual portfolios 
  • Essays 
  • Reports 
  • Case studies 
  • Presentations (individual and group) 
  • Time-constrained assessments (open and closed book)


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


Completing this course will provide you with a range of employment and education options.

The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering top-up course allows you to proceed to a full Level 6 degree. Other graduates will begin their engineering careers or seek an enhanced role in their existing organisations. Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work as Quantity Surveyors, Architectural and Engineering Technicians, Building Control Officers and Environmental Services Officers, among other roles in both the public and private sectors.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    This Foundation Degree has been designed to focus on the education and training of Civil Engineers for a variety of technical roles.

    The course aims to meet the engineering industry's need for appropriately qualified staff by giving you the necessary expertise and employability. During the course you will study a range of engineering concepts and practices, underpinned by fundamentals of science and mathematics.

    You will gain knowledge of current developments in civil engineering, as well as enhancing your understanding of management processes. As well as learning about theoretical aspects of engineering, you will understand how to apply them to practical, workplace situations.

    You will look at solving problems and dealing with unpredictable situations in engineering contexts, and you will develop your ability to take on managerial responsibility. The course will enable you to understand principles of engineering and how they have developed.

    It will also enhance your skills of analysing information, communicating clear arguments and working independently.

    Unit Information

    The course consists of the following modules:

    Year 1 (Level 4)

    Civil Engineering Site Operations (20 credits, core):

    Employer Based Learning (10 credits, compulsory): 

    Environmental Science and Materials (20 credits, compulsory): 

    Mathematics for the Built Environment (20 credits, core): 

    This module aims to provide students with confidence in numeracy and mathematics by reinforcing and revising basic numeracy and being able to transform and resolve equations algebraically and graphically. (Exam 40%, Exam 60%)

    Research Methods and Study Skills (10 credits, compulsory): 

    Site Surveying (10 credits, compulsory): 

    Structural Analysis (10 credits, compulsory):

    Year 2 (Level 5)

    Civil Engineering Technology (20 credits, core):

    This module introduces you to the fundamental aspects of specialised, major civil engineering operations such as highway construction, tunnelling activities and marine structures. (Portfolio 100%)

    Development of the Built Environment (10 credits, compulsory): 

    This module aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the built environment, its historic development and its context in modern society. (Presentation 50%, Essay 50%)

    Engineering Mathematics and Science (10 credits, compulsory): 

    This module aims to reinforce and advance the students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of mathematics that engineering is based upon. (Exam 40%, Exam 60%)

    Geotechnics (10 credits, compulsory):

    This introduces the fundamental aspects of Geology and Geographical materials used in the construction industry. You will learn ground investigation techniques and interpret data from soil tests. (Report 60%, Report 40%)

    Hydraulics and Fluid Dynamics (10 credits, compulsory): 

    This module looks at hydrostatics and explains numerous topics such as fluid kinetics and hydraulic structures. You will undertake experiments to put the ideas into practice. (Report 50%, Exam 50%)

    Group Project (20 credits, core): 

    The module aims to enable students to create a comprehensive and relevant personal enhancement plan by identifying a range of academic and specialist developmental needs. (Group presentation 50%, Essay 50%)

    Management procedures (10 credits, compulsory):