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Civil Engineering - Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Engineering and Professional Construction

Course ID: 173338

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Develop your professional academic level to boost your employabilty.
  • Gain guidance and support from our outstanding teaching team.
  • Study in an inclusive, respectful and safe working environment.
  • Take part in workplace scenarios to enhance your skills and experience within this sector.
  • Broaden your further education and employment prospects.

What to expect from the course

The purpose of the two-year, part-time Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the construction and the built environment sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake it.

The course builds underpinning core skills and prepares students for progressing their career in industry or for further specialisation through study at Level 5. Students gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Civil Engineering Programme Handbook (2024-25)

Modules studied:

  • The Construction Environment
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Digital Applications for Building Information Modelling
  • Construction Design Project
  • Science & Materials
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Principles of Structural Design

How will I be taught?

The course is delivered through a blend of lectures, seminars, tutorials, independent study and industry guest speakers.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a blend of assignments, presentations, practical tasks and job knowledge tasks. Each subject is awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction and the combined marks produce the final overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction for the course as a whole.

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering

Why study with us?

Students’ core skills are ultimately tested in the Group Building Services Integrative Project modules, via formal presentation to a panel of industry experts selected for their particular experience and expertise within the field of building services. Students are interviewed and questioned on their submission, and their ability to ‘think on their feet’ is tested in conjunction with the management skills acquired during the programme of study.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Completion of this course provides a number of options in both education and employment and sets students on their way to becoming a professional within civil engineering.

In education, the course prepares students for a Level 5 qualification in Civil Engineering, bringing their professional and academic knowledge up to the required level.

Example careers

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements are:
• Level 3 BTEC National Certificate/Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)
• More mature students with relevant Civil Engineering experience and an advanced qualification - such as an NVQ, BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction or equivalent - may be eligible. In addition, mature students with level 4 or above in other relevant areas may be eligible, subject to interview. All students are expected to have a maths qualification at level 2 or above.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for24/25 is 3700.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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