HNC/HND Civil Engineering

The continued development and regeneration of towns and cities in the UK is expected to lead to ongoing demand for suitably qualified professionals across all construction disciplines.

This course offers a broad base of traditional construction and the built environment subjects with specialist options allowing you to adapt the course to your particular career ambitions. If you are working within the civil engineering field or have ambitions of working in this area in a professional, managerial, or technical capacity, then this course is for you.

HNC/Ds are substantially coursework/project based and are designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the construction sector.

Edexcel Level 4/5 HNC/Ds provide a nationally recognised qualification (HNC 120 credits / HND 240 credits) offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress on to an honours degree programme.

The HND qualification is delivered at Peterborough Regional College and is equivalent to two years of undergraduate study and allows progression to a full degree.

The courses at Peterborough Regional College are studied in smaller class sizes with a typical class size under 30 students.

  • Working professionals have the flexibility to study the course part-time for one day a week.
  • Full-time and part-time students are taught together, which can help employment opportunities through networking.
  • Assessment is based around work related and industrial scenarios which includes site visits.
  • After successful completion of the HNC or HND Civil Engineering, you have the opportunity to complete the BSc (Hons) Construction Management Top-up to obtain a full honours degree.

48 UCAS points with the following qualifications in a related subject:

  • 2 A-levels in Mathematics and preferably a Science subject
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in a Construction discipline
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications such as Bridge to HE in Construction or relevant work experience. An interview might be required in these circumstances.

You must have GCSEs English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 5.5 or an equivalent English Language qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

Click here for the policy on APL and APEL.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Level 4 (HNC)
  • Individual Project (15 credits)
  • Construction Technology (15 credits)
  • Science and Materials (15 credits)
  • Construction Practice and Management (15 credits)
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification) (15 credits)
  • Mathematics for Construction (15 credits)
  • Principles of Structural Design (15 credits)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (15 credits)
Level 5 (HND)
  • Group Project (30 credits)
  • Further Mathematics for Construction (15 credits)
  • Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Structural Design (15 credits)
  • Transport Systems in Buildings (15 credits)
  • Highway Engineering (15 credits)
  • Hydraulics (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one of two full days a week over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details).

Each semester is up to 15 teaching weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for teaching weeks. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

  • Coursework
  • Reports
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective log book
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Work based assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Written assessment

After successful completion of the HNC or HND Civil Engineering, you have the opportunity to complete the BSc (Hons) Construction Management Top-up to obtain a full honours degree.

As a civil engineer you would plan, design and manage a variety of construction projects. You could work on everything from bridges and tall buildings to transport links and sports stadia. Once you have completed this course, you could go on to a career in the civil engineering industry either in a professional, managerial, or technical capacity in civil engineering management, structural design, quantity surveying, highways and transportation or civil engineering.

I am the Course Leader for the BSc Construction Management degree at University Centre Peterborough and HNC/HND Civil Engineering/Construction qualifications at Peterborough Regional College. I have been teaching at University Centre Peterborough since Sept 2016 on a number of units including Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment and Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment to name a few.

My previous occupation includes 15 years as Health and Safety Officer and FE Lecturer at Peterborough Regional College.  During that time I have also taught on a range of statutory and regulatory body courses including:  Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health in the Uk (NEBOSH) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Prior to this I held a dual role as the Estate Manager and Health & Safety Officer at Askham Bryan College.  Responsible for the daily running of the site including three farms and 750 acres of arable land.  In that role I was responsible for all the planned and preventative maintenance for all buildings, machinery and agriculture equipment and the vehicle fleet.  I worked closely with local architects, contractors, and consultants and on several new builds over £500k gaining first-hand experience of the CDM Regulations.  Another development in the role enabled me to set up an estate committee with several other colleges in North and East Yorkshire to source for bulk fuel at a cheaper price.

Since completing my degree I am interested in a number of research areas that is having a detrimental effect on the construction industry in particular the mental health of the workforce, why asbestos still remains the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and new technology and innovations such as smart technology for building.


  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management, Anglia Ruskin University
  • HNC Optronic Engineering
  • Certificate in Education (Cert Ed), University of Northampton

Professional Membership

  • Chartered Member, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Member, International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
  • Founder Member, Institute of Leadership and Management
  • Practitioner, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

When you have chosen a course to study, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

Key Facts

HNC: H202 / HND: H201
Institution code
Accredited by:
Pearson Edexcel

Peterborough Regional College

Duration and Delivery

HNC: 1 year full-time 
(2 full day a week over two semesters)

HNC: 2 years part-time
(1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

HND: 2 years full-time
(2 full day a week over two semesters per year)

HND: 3 years part-time
(1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be:

  • HNC/HND full-time: £6,000 per year
  • HNC part-time: £3,000 per year
  • HND part-time: £4,000 per year

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

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