Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

Our HNC in Civil Engineering is designed to help students develop a range of
skills, techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful
performance in working as individual and team member and thereby enabling
students to make an immediate contribution to the employment at the appropriate
professional level within the construction and construction engineering
industry. Demand for this programme has been received from existing Level 3
Diploma students who are requiring the articulate progression route and skills
in the identified areas.

Skills and Knowledge Development: This course develops and expands on work
covered during the Level 3 course. The programme includes a mixture of core
subjects and specialist subjects developing technical, management and
interpersonal skills. The HNC course will help you to develop a sound
understanding of the leadership roles in management, and gain the underpinning
knowledge and understanding of the regulatory, technological, social, legal and
economic aspects of construction management. They will prepare you for a higher
technician role within the construction management sector of the construction

Teaching Methods: The knowledge and skills acquired on the programme will
link directly to the vocational context and will diversify into a range of
skills required by the civil engineering sector. These will include (but are not
exclusive to) project based group and individual design project. Teaching and
Learning methods will include formal lectures, seminars and self study/research
which will underpin the knowledge of civil engineering. There are surveying
exercises and also group work, designed to provide experience of working in all
disciplines within the construction industry. The course consists of the
following modules (subjec to confirmation):

  • Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built

  • Science and Materials for Construction and the Built Environment

  • Applied Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment

  • Group Project in the Construction Industry

  • Site Surveying Procedures for Construction and the Built Environment

  • Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics

  • Civil Engineering Technology

  • Structural Analysis and Design.

Assessment Methods: The programme is assessed through the submission of
written essays, reports and a series of project based practical assessments.
Formative feedback will support student progression in both written work and
practical outcomes. Self and peer assessment will be an essential element of all
projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and
progression. The programme allows 120 credits at each level.

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

HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) Programme Handbook (19-20)

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


Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment – Civil Engineering

This course leads to...

This HNC provides an academic platform to enter a number of post HNC courses, such as full or part-time degrees. The course's industry-focused and practical emphasis is intended to develop your professionalism and maximise your employment development opportunities. This course will supplement your skills for a career path in any of the broad areas that encompass civil engineering such as contracting, local authorities or consultants.
This programme will produce graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas, progression will be through direct entry into the industry or through further study at post graduate level. Professional careers in architecture, construction management, building surveying, quantity surveying, building control, estate management, and many others.

Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements are BTEC National Certificate/Diploma in Construction/Civil Engineering.
Mature students with relevant experience and an advanced qualification may be eligible. In addition, mature students with level 4 or above in other areas may be eligible, subject to interview

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Course ID: 159045

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


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

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