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Civil and Coastal Engineering

Civil engineers will play an integral role in the development of civil infrastructure in the coming years, drawing upon their knowledge to combat the issues presented by growing populations, increased urbanisation, climate change and severe weather events.

This foundation degree, which incorporates a Higher National Certificate (HNC), is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and ability to innovate and provide essential and sustainable infrastructure, including sea defences, flood protection, water treatment systems, roads, bridges and tunnels.

You will benefit from the exceptional facilities at UCSD, whilst Torbay itself has 2 miles of coastline and is a UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark, making an exceptional location to study coastal disciplines.

Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students) develops the underpinning knowledge and principles associated with the adventure leadership sector, for example the principles and philosophy of adventure leadership and psychology of the outdoors.

Level 5 (Year 2 for full-time students) develops the foundations of understanding from Level 4 to support with the progression of more critical thinking skills such as analysing the impacts of the adventure sector and future trends and opportunities.

The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.

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What will I learn?

Ucas Code: 4H55

Award: FdSc / HNC awarded by University of Plymouth

Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available

Institution code: S32

Year 1 Studies
Year 2 Studies
Careers & Employability

The HNC element of this course forms the first year of study, and is a separate qualification. Upon completion of the HNC you may progress to the FdSc Civil and Coastal Engineering at University Centre South Devon (UCSD). Upon completion of the foundation degree you may progress to our new BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering at UCSD. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you could consider immediately progressing into the industry as a technician or junior engineer in sectors such as surveying, contracting, design and coastal, civil and structural engineering.

Potential Job Roles

"I enrolled at the University Centre South Devon for a couple of reasons; the location was great, but I also wanted a course that would help me succeed in my aim to become a project manager for a construction company.  The course gave me a real insight into the industry, which has enhanced my career prospects."Jess Lloyd

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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TEF Gold

University Centre South Devon (UCSD) has been awarded the highest rating of ‘Gold’ under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), a system for recognising excellent teaching and learning in higher education.

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