Course Overview

The HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) is designed to provide you with wider knowledge of construction and civil engineering principles and methodology, supported by the development of analytical and research skills to prepare you for employment opportunities in the civil engineering industry or study at HND/degree level.

The programme is tailored to those with ambitions of working in a professional, managerial or technical capacity as site managers, or other technical roles within civil engineering companies, as well as offering the opportunity to continue studying at undergraduate Level 6. Emphasis will be placed upon reflection, analysis, environmental impact, critical thinking and personal development.

Successful completion of the programme can lead to an HND top-up in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering). It will also provide the opportunity to develop a career in the rapidly expanding sustainable construction market. The programme is designed to support career progression for anyone working in surveying or for those who would like to develop their knowledge and skills and pursue a career in this field.

Course Structure

The HNC part-time programme structure is a blend of semesterised and year-long units. The units are sequenced to provide you with a coherent learning experience.

The part-time HNC programme is usually completed in three semesters. This offers the opportunity, on successful completion of the HNC Award, to ‘top-up’ to your respective pathway on the HND by joining the relevant part-time HND structure in semester 4.

The HNC programme has a total value of 120 credits and is equivalent to approximately 1,200 hours total learning time.

Modules Covered

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

Choose one of the following optional units:

  • Tender & Procurement
  • Building Information Modelling.

Learning Methods

The learning and teaching strategy for the HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) is explicitly designed to contribute to your achievement.

The course will be taught by means of the following methods in general but guest speakers and seminars are also provided during the course.

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) - Moodle
  • Worked Based Learning.

Teaching Methods

The learning and teaching strategy for the HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) is explicitly designed to contribute to the achievement of intended learning outcomes which are clearly expressed at programme and unit level.

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


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.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

There are no opportunities for work placement on this course.

What's Next?

Upon completion, you will be able to progress to the Construction Management or Architectural Technology specialist pathways on the HND Construction and the Built Environment. These programmes can be studied part-time over 1.5 years, starting in either September or January.

This pathway will enable you to specialise in and find employment as:

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

Did You Know?

This course is based on the latest RQF Framework which includes the most up to date module content for giving students an understanding of how the construction industry operates today.

Additional Costs

There are no additional course costs associated with your study on this programme. All equipment is provided by the College. Students are free to purchase their own copies of books to support their studies but all texts are available for loan from the College Library.

Entry Requirements

A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment.

An A level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A*-C/9-4 or other related Level 3 qualifications or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution or related work experience.

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. You should consult the Admissions Tutor if you wish to claim such recognition.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification