University of East London

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering with Foundation Year

This course will give you a solid grounding in the design, construction and management of civil engineering work.

We have great links with industry and high levels of graduate employment. You'll enjoy regular visits to iconic construction sites in London as well as professionally monitored field study courses and projects.

Entry level is 96 UCAS points, and you don't need A2 maths. You'll take a top-up module in your first year that will underpin and extend your GCSE maths knowledge.

You can also gain advanced entry on to the final year of this BSc course by completing our two-year Foundation degree in civil engineering.

This makes our course ideal for students who, while not necessarily 'maths geniuses', nevertheless have good basic skills in that area and aspirations to develop a career in management or a range of technical fields.

Entry Requirements


64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

With a degree in civil engineering from UEL, you'll be well placed to secure a stimulating and rewarding career.

The high quality of our teaching on the course is widely recognised, and the constant input from industry professionals ensures your studies will be highly relevant to employers once you graduate.

You might decide to specialise as a structural engineer, a hydraulic engineer, highway engineer or a geotechnical engineer. Your decision may be prompted by how your career develops in your first job and you start on the process known as Initial Professional Development, which takes between three and five years.

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to land jobs at the Highways Agency, Network Rail, Thames Water, Hardman Structural Engineers, Morrish & Partners, SRK Consulting, Kier Group and in local authorities.

Others have chosen to work in other professional areas such as finance, education, marketing and housing.

Around 20 per cent of our students are from overseas, with many returning to work for local authorities or government departments.

If you decide to continue your studies, you'll have the option of taking a one-year MSc course in Civil Engineering to pursue Chartered Engineer status.

Course Details

This course will prepare you for a range of technical and professional careers within civil engineering. We've developed it carefully through regular consultation with industry experts. 

At the core of your degree, throughout which you'll combine academic and practical learning, is a thorough grounding in the design, construction and maintenance of buildings, roads, bridges, canals.

We'll also give you a firm grounding in structural engineering - the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads.

Other areas you'll study include geotechnical engineering, the behaviour and stability of materials such as soil and rock, and water engineering, which involves coastal engineering, treating and distributing water as well as managing wastewater and sewage disposal.

Foundation Year

Mental wealth; Professional Life
Introduction to Computing
Mathematical Applications
Analytical Mathematics
Engineering Sciences
Physical Sciences

Year 1

Mental Wealth; Professional Life 1 (IT Project Pitching)
Engineering Materials
Analytical Skills in Built Environment
The Built Environment
Engineering Mechanics
Land and Construction Surveying

Year 2


Mental Wealth; Professional Life 2 (Computing in Practice)
3D Data Modelling and Analysis
Structural Analysis and Element Design
Ground Engineering
Engineering Surveying


Advanced Sustainable Technology
Tendering, Estimating and Cost Control

Optional Placement

Industrial Sandwich Placement

The aim of this module is to enable students to undertake a placement in a relevant industrial environment to develop their technical and professional skills, within a real work environment to compliment their programme of study.

Year 3


Mental Wealth; Professional Life 3 (Project)
Capstone Project


Advanced Construction Technology and Innovation
Geotechnical Engineering
Transport Infrastructure Engineering
Project Management

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