Level 5 FdSc - Civil Engineering


Civil engineers design and construct our built environment, working on a diverse range of projects which help to solve the problems of today and the future.
Awarded by the University of Birmingham, our Level 5 Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering gives you the strong theoretical and practical skills required for a career in civil engineering.
Pathway to a BEng at the University of Birmingham
On successful completion of this two-year course at NCATI, learners will have the opportunity to transfer onto a third year at the University of Birmingham, studying for a BEng in Civil Engineering.

Why study Civil Engineering at NCATI?

  • You will be taught by an expert team of lecturers with a wealth of experience in the civil engineering industry.
  • All learners will have access to our state-of-the-art surveying equipment and Civil Engineering lab.
  • Our learning environment is quieter than a traditional university setting, with smaller class sizes that allow for more personalised learner support.
  • We deliver a mixture of theoretical and practical teaching to better prepare you for a career in engineering.
  • As an employer-led college, we give our learners access to experts in industry, through guest lecturing, mentoring, and apprenticeship vacancies.

Who is this course aimed at?

If you are 18 years or over and want to kickstart your career in engineering, then this course is an excellent choice for you.

Course content

You will cover the following modules over the course of the two years:
Year 1 
Electrical Engineering 1
Engineering Materials
Engineering Mathematics 1 -
Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer
Integrated Design Project 1A
Integrated Design Project 1B
Introduction to Computing for Engineers
Mechanics 1


Year 2 
Construction Practice and Management
Engineering Mathematics 2
Geotechnical Engineering 1
Integrated Design Project 2
Materials Engineering 1
Open Channel Flow Hydraulics
Structural Engineering 1

Progression opportunities

The course gives you a great foundation with a standalone Level 5 Foundation Degree qualification, which means you have a variety of options when you finish.
You could choose to continue your studies by progressing onto a third year at the University of Birmingham, studying for a BEng in Civil Engineering.
After achieving your Level 5 Foundation Degree, you could also choose to go straight into work, apply for a higher apprenticeship, or go on to another Level 6 bachelor's degree.

Qualification type

Level 5 Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering


2 years, full-time
Part-time options available

Course costs

Tuition fees are £9,250 and candidates will be able to apply for a Student Loan. This is available through Student Finance England. Go to gov.uk/student-finance for more information.


Birmingham campus

Entry requirements

Level 2: GCSE Maths and English - grade 4/C
Level 3: Equivalent of 96 UCAS points, e.g.
  • 3 x A Levels in related subjects (Maths, Sciences etc.) - grades CCC
  • Access to HE Diploma (Engineering)  - 45 Merits/15 Passes, 15 Merits and 15 Distinctions
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a related subject (Engineering, Applied Science or Computing) - grades MMM


Alternatively, if you have significant relevant work experience or other professional qualifications you may be eligible for the course.