Course details

A Levels AAB-BBC Other entry requirements
UCAS code H201
Duration 5 years
Fee Look up tuition fee and additional costs
Related subjects Civil Engineering Engineering

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Admissions Officer
Telephone +44 114 222 7870
Email sefy@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/sefy

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

9th in the UK for civil engineering
The Guardian University Guide 2019

Top 50 in the world and 5th in the UK for civil and structural engineering
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Course description

If you've got the passion and drive to succeed on one of our degrees but you don't have the correct qualifications, the foundation year will help you get to where you want to be.

The unique programme has been specially designed to prepare you for degree-level study. You'll be taught by specialists in maths, engineering, physics and chemistry. Alongside advanced level core maths and engineering, you'll undertake specific project work in your chosen field. This will enable you to progress onto any of our degree courses.

Modules: what you study and when

Foundation years explained

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB-BBC dependent on subjects studied
International Baccalaureate 34-31 dependent on subjects studied
BTEC DDD in Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units or DDD in Applied Science
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 - M2 M2 M3 dependent on subjects studied
Scottish Highers AAAAB - ABBBB dependent on subjects studied
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA - B+BC dependent on subjects studied
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • An additional Maths test and interview are required for BTEC Extended Diploma and Access to HE Diploma applicants. Please contact the department for more information
  • A Level General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B Science grade 6 or grade B
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering website

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics
Introduction to Engineering
Foundations of Physics
Further Foundation Mathematics

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

The Diamond building

We're ninth in the UK for civil engineering, according to The Times Good University Guide 2019. We've won four University awards for excellent teaching since 2011. Our research is internationally recognised. Industry and government value our expertise.

Civil engineering is at the forefront of improving the way we live. Whether it's providing the facilities that keep our day-to-day lives running smoothly - from roads and railways to clean water supplies - or working to meet the ever-changing needs of our society in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and climate change. You'll be helping to create and protect the world we live in.

Our courses teach you how to think about issues from a global perspective. Wherever you choose to start your career, you'll be in demand. You'll know how to look for sustainable solutions to problems faced by communities throughout the world.

Our industry partners contribute to teaching through lectures, design classes, projects and site visits. We work with leading consultants, contractors and specialist civil engineering companies to provide industrial opportunities for a number of students each year. We also have industrial tutors and professionals who mentor our first-year students.

You'll be taught in The Diamond (pictured), one of the best teaching spaces in the UK. The building contains state-of-the-art teaching and lab facilities, and uses cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment.

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering website

What our graduates do

Civil engineering is at the forefront of improving the way we live. Whether it's providing the facilities that keep our day-to-day lives running smoothly - from roads and railways to clean water supplies - or working to meet the ever-changing needs of our society in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and climate change, you'll be helping to create and protect the world we live in.

Structural engineers design and construct multi-storey buildings, bridges, sports stadiums, tunnels, airports and schools. As a structural engineer, you'll be helping to shape the world around us. Our courses give you a fundamental understanding of how loads and stresses, gravity, vibrations, the external environment and ground conditions affect structures.

Our graduates work all over the world, from the UK to Australia and the USA. Recent graduates went to work for AECOM, Arup, Atkins, Buro Happold, Eastwood & Partners, Interserve, Mott MacDonald, Network Rail, Ramboll, Transport for London, URS, Kier and VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd.

All our courses prepare you for a wide variety of engineering professions. You'll be able to apply your knowledge and skills to fields as diverse as the built environment, sustainability and improving the environment. These are just some examples of the engineering disciplines you could go on to: railway, airport, geotechnical, architectural, coastal or offshore, environmental, Building Information Modelling (BIM), water and flood risk management engineering.

In addition, architectural engineering graduates might go into a broad range of engineering areas ranging from building services to mechanical, electrical or acoustic engineering.

Urban engineering and development graduates might be interested in fields as diverse as aid and charity work, environmental consultancy, social justice work, real estate, civil service, teaching, intelligent marketing or the financial services.

Student profile


"I think choosing to study at Sheffield was a really good choice, because it has very strong industrial links…Representatives of industry would come in and speak with us and have different projects going on."

Monika Szczyrba
Civil Engineering

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