Civil Engineering
Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
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Level 5 - HND Falcon House - Sowton Industrial Estate This is a two year, part time programme (one day per week) Click here for info

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

  • Do you want to upgrade your HNC in Civil Engineering to a HND in Civil Engineering?
  • Are you keen to further develop your technical knowledge and understanding?

This part time industry standard qualification is ideal if you are already employed in the civil engineering industry with a HNC. 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 civil engineering techniques, hydraulic principles and application and management principles. You will have opportunities to put your theoretical knowledge into practice with real tasks including solving complex engineering problems as well as practical sessions in the purpose built Construction Training Centre.

You will take part in off-campus site visits. You will also be involved in small group projects and individual research. Assignments are structured to provide experience of working in the industry.

Some units may require you to sit controlled in class assessments.

What topics will I study?

The units covered during the programme are:

  • Management Principles and Application
  • Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Law and Contract for Construction
  • Project Management
  • Applied Mathematics for Complex Engineering Problems
  • Advanced Civil Engineering
  • Hydraulic Principles and Applications
  • Research Project

This programme is awarded by BTEC.

What experiences will I get?

Small group sizes with supportive staff, lectures, practicals in the labs, site visits, guest speakers. Selection of assessment techniques employed throughout the course.

What are the entry requirements?

It is expected that you will be employed within the civil engineering industry and be following this course with the agreement of your employer this programme is a progression route from the successful completion of the HNC in Civil Engineering, preference will be given to Merit grade students. 

What facilities are there?

  • Hydraulic 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?

Course books are available but not compulsory. You must provide safety boots.


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