Level 5 - High Speed Rail & Infrastructure


The Level 5 Foundation Degree (FdSc) in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure is the progression pathway for learners who have successfully completed the Level 4 Cert HE in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure.
Pathway to a BSc
The course is part of a three-year flexible degree programme, delivered at NCATI and validated by Sheffield Hallam University:
You cannot apply to the Level 5 or Level 6 courses in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure without first completing the Level 4 Cert HE programme. If you are an existing learner on the Level 4 course and want to apply for 22/23, please contact us at [email protected] and we will work with you to process your application.
However, you can apply to the Level 4 and Level 5 courses together as a two-year  Cert HE & Foundation Degree package.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is a progression route from the Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure.

Course content

The course will cover a broad range of topics including;
  • Systems Thinking Tools and Understanding the Environment of Railway Projects (work placement)
  • Project Management in the context of High Speed Rail
  • Civil Engineering and Track
  • Rolling Stock and Power
  • Systems Engineering and Command, Control and Communication
  • Operations and Management

Progression opportunities

The course provides you 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 on this three-year flexible degree programme, with an optional third year top-up to a Level 6 BSc in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure.
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 High Speed Rail & Infrastructure


1 year, full-time

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 4 Cert HE in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure