HNC Civil Engineering


  • Adults (Part-time), H.E. Students


The two-year part-time course is primarily designed for candidates already employed in the Construction and Built Environment industries.

Course content

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

  • Individual Project
  • Construction Technology 
  • Science & Materials 
  • Construction Practice & Management 
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Principles of Structural Design
  • Construction Technology

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

The BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in construction and the built environment, vendor accredited certification and Professional Body membership, upon which students can build; should they decide to continue their studies beyond the certificate stage.

How will I learn?

You will have approximately 400 hours of direct tuition over the two years. As a guide you will need to spend another 800 hours in independent study and completing assignments/projects to achieve the level of attainment necessary for the award of the qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Most assessment evidence is submitted by written coursework and reports. However, some units including Mathematics for Construction have class based tests under controlled conditions.

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

Higher Education study including higher/degree apprenticeships

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Events.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

HNC Civil Engineering

Is there additional work required by the student?

As a guide you will be expected to spend a minimum of 800 hours on independent study and completing coursework over the two years.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Civil Engineering

Awarding Body

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Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

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:

  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Building Services Engineering or Civil Engineering
  • Relevant A Levels (e.g. Mathematics or Physics)
  • Work related experience and other sector related qualifications will be considered for mature applicants

Expected prior knowledge/experience

Ideally you will be working in the civil engineering industry or related sector and have a full level 3 qualification in a relevant subject.

English level

GCSE English Language (Grade 4 (C) or above)

Mathematics level

Ideally a full level 3 qualification. As a minimum you should have GCSE Mathematics (Grade 4 (C) or above) plus evidence of studying and passing mathematics modules as part of a level 3 qualification. 


Higher Education Fees

Paying for your course

To cover tuition fees, loans are available from the government. You may also get support towards your living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and your household income. There is also extra support for those with special circumstances, for example, if you have children or adult dependants, a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Please be aware that unless expressly stated, the cost of your course is for a single year only. 

How are these loans paid back?

You must pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. You pay interest on these. 
You don’t have to pay back other student finance such as grants and bursaries.
Repayments are based on your income, not on what you have borrowed. 
You only start repaying the loan once you’ve left university or college and your income is over £25,725 a year.
  • Repayments are 9% of everything earned in excess of £25,725.  
  • If your income drops below this amount repayments stop.
  • Your repayments will be taken out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance if you’re an employee.
  • If you’re self-employed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will work out how much you pay from your tax return. You pay at the same time as you pay your tax.
As a part-time student who earns over £25,725 a year you have to start paying back your loans after 4 years even if the course hasn’t finished. 
After 30 years, regardless of what you have already repaid the debt is wiped. If you never earn over £25,725 then you will never have to repay the loan.  
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Higher Education Additional Information

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Higher Education Terms and Conditions
HE Access and Participation Statement         
HE Student Protection Plan
Higher Education Student Support


The College does not have facilities to host students in-house. For guidance on finding accommodation please contact our Student Advisors.

Important Information

Please note that to ensure students get the best experience possible, our Higher Education courses will run subject to numbers. If we are unable to meet our minimum threshold, we will aim to direct you to a provider who has a similar offer.