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BEng Civil Engineering with Foundation Year

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code H204
Duration 4 year integrated degree programme: 1 year Foundation year plus 3 year undergraduate degree programme
Entry year 2022
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Engineering

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Typical offer

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Eligibility: UK students who fulfil the criteria as shown within our eligibility criteria below.

Contextual offers


We believe that fair access to higher education is a fundamental enabler for social mobility and are committed to delivering this through our education. We aim to widen participation and raise attainment - bridging gaps in retention, progression and success - to ensure our students enjoy the best possible outcome.

The BEng Civil Engineering with Foundation Year has been designed explicitly for this purpose, to support UK students from Widening Participation backgrounds wishing to study Civil Engineering:

  • It covers the core mathematics required to successfully complete a Civil Engineering degree programme at the University of Exeter
  • You’ll be learning in a friendly and structured environment and will be supported academically and personally as you prepare to study a Civil Engineering undergraduate degree
  • Provided you achieve the specific progression criteria, you will progress into Year 1 of the BEng Engineering programme, or Year 1 of the Civil, Mechanical or Electronic Engineering programmes which have a Foundation Year
  • Depending upon the qualifications you’ve gained prior to beginning the Foundation programme it may be possible to transfer to an undergraduate programme in Mathematics, Natural Sciences or Physics which have a foundation year and provided you meet the entry requirements for that programme
  • International students looking for a foundation course, please visit our INTO page.

Find out more about the foundation year, including 2021/22 visit days in our Foundation Year [pdf].

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Eligibility criteria

QualificationTypical offerRequired subjects
A-Level BCC GCE AL Maths grade C and Science* grade B. We will also accept AS Maths at A* or Core Maths at A in lieu of A level Maths. Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
IIB 26/544 Maths HL 4 and Science HL 5
BTEC DMM Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL maths and science subjects - Construction and the Built Environment, Building Services Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.
GCSE  4/C  Grade 4/C in GCSE English language

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

In support of the University’s Access and Participation Plan this course is only open to UK domiciled students who meet our contextual offer eligibility criteria and who may not have met the entry requirements for first year entry or have not been able to take A-level Mathematics alongside a BTEC L3 Extended Diploma. Check if you are eligible to join this programme on our contextual offer webpages.

*GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology**; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

**If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.


Please note: As part of our ongoing commitment towards improving the student experience at Exeter, we are introducing a new foundation level year to our Engineering degrees from September 2022. The foundation course covers the core maths skills needed to progress onto our Year 1 of the BEng Civil Engineering with Foundation Year programme, or have the opportunity to transfer to Year 1 of another programme with a foundation year provided you meet the entry requirements for that programme. As a result of introducing the foundation year we are currently going through a process to expand our accreditation to include this programme.

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We’re really proud to launch our foundation programme pathways which demonstrate the University of Exeter’s commitment to widening access to our engineering, maths, physics and natural science programmes.

For any student who has not had the opportunity to demonstrate their true ability in A-level maths, whether through educational disadvantage, exceptional circumstances or making the wrong choices, this programme offers an alternative route into STEM at Exeter.

Read more from Professor Nicola King

Professor Nicola King

Associate Dean for Education

Course content

The Foundation Year is part of an integrated 4 year undergraduate degree programme. The information below relates to the Foundation Year only. Please see our 'pathways' below for further information and details of the modules available on the degree programmes you can progress to from the Foundation Year.

The course comprises of 90 credits of core maths, to elevate students’ knowledge to A-level grade A standard, plus some aspects of the further maths curriculum, but concentrating on developing core mathematical skills.

The other 30 credits comprise a project that includes key skills for university study.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The courses listed below are the pathway options available for these integrated 4 year undergraduate degree programmes. In the second term of your Foundation Year, you will specialise in your chosen course:



Tuition fees for 2022 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year.

The College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences is pleased to be able to offer a number of scholarships to students joining this Foundation programme in September 2022.

View our funding database >


The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Exeter’s foundation has been created to support and prepare students for the challenges of an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Physics, Natural Sciences or Engineering.

The programme has been designed for students with the passion and aptitude for a degree, but who may have missed our standard entry criteria for various reasons, and is a call to widen participation and increase access to higher education.

Read more from Dr Houry Melkonian

Dr Houry Melkonian

Foundation Year Course Director

Learning and teaching

The way you learn at university may be different from what you have experienced before. Depending on your course, you may encounter a variety of teaching methods.

In the Foundation year of this programme, you will experience a range of teaching and learning activities including lectures, workshops, tutorials, group projects/presentations and/or seminars. The mathematics modules at this stage comprise of 90 credits in total, while 'Science: Skills and Culture' module is 30 credits. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time including guided independent study hours.

Visit our course pages for details of the Learning and Teaching methods on the BEng Civil Engineering or BEng Mechanical EngineeringBEng EngineeringBEng Electronic EngineeringBSc MathematicsBSc Natural Sciences and BSc Physics degree programmes for the subsequent years of your chosen degree programme.

A research and practice led culture

You will benefit from teaching by academic staff comprising of internationally-recognised experts active across a wide range of topics in your chosen degree programme. As you progress through your degree, you will hear about the latest research and have opportunities (for example, the independent research project) to become involved in a research project yourself.

Private study and support

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will be happy to advise or put you in touch with support services, and you are encourage to discuss subject related questions with tutors and lecturers who advertise regular office hours. Extra support is available, for example through our peer mentor scheme, and we have an active student-staff liaison committee.


Modules are assessed by a combination of summative assessments. You must pass your foundation year and meet the progression criteria to progress to Year 1 of the BEng in Civil Engineering with a foundation year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification.

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Your future

Civil engineering is concerned with creating and managing the infrastructure and environment in which we live. As a civil engineer you’ll play a key role in the future prospects and health of society. Civil engineering interfaces with electrical, mechanical, chemical and managerial processes. People skills are vitally important to civil engineers, who work alongside a broad section of society in order to bring plans to fruition. Our programmes combine science with personal and management skills developed through practical projects and direct study.

Engineers have a reputation as being articulate, numerate, problem solvers, who claim great job satisfaction. Typically, salaries are significantly higher for engineering graduates than the average for other graduates.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist engineering fields and across a broad range of other sectors. We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for.

Employer visits

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to meet with graduate employers. Professional engineers visit the university to hold mock interviews, allowing you to discuss your career opportunities at an early enough stage to inform your choice of modules and placement decisions.