Level 5 FdSc - Civil & Railway Engineering

Introduction

Civil engineers design and construct our built environment, working on a diverse range of projects - many of these involve rail infrastructure.
Awarded by the University of Birmingham, our Level 5 Foundation Degree in Civil & Railway Engineering gives you the strong theoretical and practical skills required for a career in civil engineering, with a specialised focus on the rail industry.
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 & Railway Engineering.

Why study Civil & Railway Engineering at NCATI?

  • You will be taught by an expert team of lecturers with a wealth of experience in the civil engineering and rail industries.
  • All learners will have access to our state-of-the-art surveying equipment, Civil Engineering lab and rail-orientated workshop.
  • 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
Geotechnical Engineering 1
Materials Engineering 1
Open Channel Flow Hydraulics
Railway Infrastructure Engineering
Railway Traction
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 & Railway 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 & Railway Engineering

Duration

2 years

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.

Location

Birmingham campus

Entry requirements

Level 2: GCSE Maths and English - grade 4/C
AND
Level 3: Equivalent of 96 UCAS points, e.g.
  • 3 x A Levels in related subjects (Maths, Sciences etc.) - grades CCC
OR
  • Access to HE Diploma (Engineering)  - 45 credits
OR
  • 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.