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FdSc Civil Engineering

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Suffolk New College


Three years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).



This course has very strong links with industry and is delivered on a part-time, day release basis and is specifically aimed at students who are working within the industry and being sponsored in their studies by their employers. A number of modules are delivered by tutors who are primarily employed as practising professionals within the industry and who are employed by the colleges on proportional contracts. Graduates have found employment as site engineers, CAD technicians, technician engineers, highway engineers and estimators. Students completing the FdSc course have the option of entering the final level of BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Progression Route).


Partially Accredited IEng qualification Accredited IEng (Partial)

This qualification is:
1. approved as fully satisfying the educational base for an Engineering Technician (EngTech).
2. approved as partially satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).  A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for IEng.

Joint Board of Moderators for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for IEng.

Further information about the University's relationship with the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) is available in the PSRB register.

Student Testimonial

"I would recommend the course to anyone considering a career in Civil Engineering, due to the quality of the course content and its variety. The use of industry professionals to teach some modules is a real commendation of the course, providing relevant up to date skills, not available in any textbooks. Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my years on the course and look forward to coming back  for the full degree." 

 - John R Langley

Course modules

The Foundation degree (FdSc) runs for three years (part-time) and is attended on a day release basis. Each academic year is split into two semesters, with semester one running from September to January and semester two running from February to June. As a general rule, the specialist modules run for one semester each, whilst the work-based modules tend to cover two semesters and run throughout a full academic year.  Students who are not employed during their FdSc studies are required to gain 240 hours work experience over the period of study thus ensuring that all students are able to place their studies in an industrial context.

Modules studied include: Civil Engineering Technology A, Foundation Mathematics, Engineering and Sustainable Development, Engineering Materials, Engineering Concepts, Engineering Surveying, Engineering Mathematics with Hydraulics, Civil Engineering Technology B, Soil Mechanics, Structural Analysis and Design A, Contractual and Procurement Procedures and Engineering Research and Practice.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Civil Engineering Technology A (Mandatory)
Foundation Mathematics (Mandatory)
Engineering and Sustainable Development (Mandatory)
Engineering Materials (Mandatory)
Engineering Concepts (Mandatory)
Engineering Surveying (Mandatory)
Engineering Mathematics with Hydraulics (Mandatory)
Civil Engineering Technology B (Mandatory)
Soil Mechanics (Mandatory)
Structural Analysis & Design A (Mandatory)
Contractual and Procurement Procedures (Mandatory)
Engineering Research & Practice (Mandatory)

Fees and finance


  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £1,965 per 20 credits

Site visits are organised during the course and costs to students are usually limited to paying for transport. Students may spend up to £60 on books but this is not compulsory. No specialist equipment is required.

Further Information

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  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.  

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

Applicants are also required to have GCSE English grade 4/C or above and GCSE Maths Grade 5-6/B or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

How to Apply

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.