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Bradford College

Higher National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Qualification Gained
Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)
Study Level
Trade & Professional, University, Level 5
2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time
Trinity Green Building


The HND Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) programme blends theoretical and practical learning explored through the extensive use of case studies, projects, guest speakers and practical assignments.

The team of staff has diverse experience in a variety of Construction professions including management, design and surveying.

This equips it with the expertise to deliver the multidisciplinary elements of the HND programme ensuring you receive a high quality taught and learning experience that prepares you for a range of careers in civil engineering or progression to further study.

  Key Info

You will be encouraged to become a student member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The programme has been designed to be completed via full-time study over two years or part-time study (one day per week) over three years. The HND programme structure is a blend of semesterised and year-long units. The units are sequenced to provide you with a coherent learning experience.

If you have successfully completed a part-time HNC in one of the Construction pathways and wish to ‘top-up’ to your respective pathway on the HND you will have the opportunity to do so by joining the relevant part-time HND structure in semester four.

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) – Moodle
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips

Full-time will be completed in one year totaling 120 credits.
Part-time will be completed in two years totaling 120 credits.

HND Full-time will be completed in two years totaling 240 credits.

HND Top-up Full-time will be completed in one year totaling 120 credits.

HND Top-up Part-time will be completed in two years totaling 120 credits.

Stage 1 (total 120 credits):

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

*Mandatory units

#Mandatory Specialist units

Stage 2 (total 120 credits):

  • Group Project*
  • Further Mathematics for Construction#
  • Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics#
  • Advanced Structural Design#
  • Environmental Assessment and Monitoring
  • Hydraulics
  • Advanced Materials

*Mandatory units

#Mandatory Specialist units

Entry to this course requires a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment, as well as a strong performance at A Level in a relevant subject.

To study a HND Top-up Full-time or Part-time, you will need to have completed an HNC totaling 120 credits or equivalent Level 4 qualification.

Mature applicants may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level. Short-course and relevant work experience may be taken into account. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application.

Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) are welcomed by the Programme team subject to RQF unit mapping.

Each unit has a set of assessment criteria which you must demonstrate to achieve a pass grade. You will undertake one or more pieces of assessment for each unit and will need to show the assessment criteria for the unit have been met. Some of the assessments have elements of negotiation where you can make decisions and agree with the tutor what will be undertaken for assessment. This ensures that the work has personal and professional relevance.

Summative assessment is where students are provided with the assignment grades
contributing towards the overall unit grade.

Assessments may include elements of:

  •  practical assessments;
  • portfolios of evidence;
  • data analysis;
  • case studies;
  • written reports;
  • assignments
  • presentations
  • work-based evidence with employer verification statements

Although this course does not directly offer work experience, there are opportunities for you to undertake a work placement or work experience during your time studying on this course.

Upon completion, you will be able to progress to the BSc (Hons) Construction Management top-up programme, validated by the University of Bolton. This programme will enable you to specialise in and find employment as a:

  • Site Engineering Technician
  • Structural Engineering Design
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Transport Engineering Design

Full-time: £8,000, Part-time: £600 per 15 credits.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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