BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Civil Engineering


  • Adults (Part-time)
  • 6.5 hours per week


This qualification is for learners wanting to pursue a career in construction by progressing directly to employment as a civil engineering technician or to higher education. The qualification is intended to meet the educational base for registration as a technician, for example with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), once they are in employment. Learners who choose this route must take Unit 15: Further Mathematics for Construction. The course is one day per week (36 weeks per year) over two years.

Course content

The course includes the following units split between the two years.

  • Construction Principles 
  • Construction Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Health & Safety in Construction
  • Site Engineering
  • Further Mathematics
  • Construction in Civil Engineering
  • Measurement Techniques
  • Management of a Construction Project
  • Principles and Applications of Structural Mechanics 

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

Higher Education including Higher Apprenticeships and employment within the construction sector.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Civil Engineering

Is there additional work required by the student?

Most assessment evidence is submitted by written coursework and reports. However, the first two units listed are assessed by external examinations.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Building Services Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Design/Architecture

Entry Requirements

The course is more likely to benefit applicants already working in the industry, however each candidate will be assessed on previous experience and qualifications including:
  • GCSE grades 4 (C) or above in at least five subjects but must include Mathematics and English Language
  • Work related experience and other sector related qualifications will be considered for mature applicants