Civil Engineering
Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
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Level 4 - HNC Falcon House, Sowton Industrial Estate This is a two year, part time programme (one day per week). HK22 Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

  •  Do you want to learn high level construction techniques?
  • Are you keen to examine how services come together in construction?

This part time industry standard qualification is ideal if you are already employed in the civil engineering industry. It is well recognised by employers and provides a variety of topics to offer a well rounded understanding of all areas of civil engineering. You will study eight units, with an emphasis on higher level construction techniques, structural design principles and application and site surveying procedures. You will have opportunities to put your theoretical knowledge into practice with real tasks including site surveying and condition reports on historic buildings as well as practical sessions in the purpose built Construction Training Centre.

You will take part in off-campus site visits and undertake practical sessions in the geotechnical and concrete testing laboratory and use surveying equipment. You will also be involved in small group projects and individual research. Assignments are structured to provide experience of working in the construction industry. Some units may require you to sit tests and examinations.

What topics will I study?

The units covered during the programme are:

  • Design principles and application
  • Applied maths
  • Group project
  • Engineering geology soils
  • Structural analysis and detailing
  • Science and materials
  • Site surveying procedures
  • Technology (civil engineering)

This programme is awarded by BTEC. Please click here to view the Programme Handbook.

What experiences will I get?

It is expected that you will be employed in the civil engineering industry and be following this course with the agreement of your employer. If you are unemployed, you may also be accepted on the course, however, maximum benefit will be gained if course College work can be related to the working situation.

What are the entry requirements?

This programme is a progression route from the successful completion of the Level 3 BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or Extended Diploma in Construction or Civil Engineering, preference will be given to Merit grade students. Students with substantive experience within the industry will also be considered. 

What facilities are there?

  • Survey equipment
  • Learning resource centre
  • Geotechnical and concrete testing lab
  • Refectory

What can the course lead on to?

The programme offers progression in to a civil engineering career. Previous students have also continued their studies to a higher level at university. The programme also helps you gain an industry standard recognised qualification, with the potential for promotion within employment.

Are there any additional costs?

Drawing equipment is required and course books are available but not compulsory. You must provide safety boots.

What do our students think?

I decided to enrol on this course because it was identified in my work appraisal that I should enhance my working skills and gain the qualifications to progress. I have really enjoyed meeting new people at college and learning new skills in the Construction Training Centre. ” 


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