HNC/HND Civil Engineering

This course will commence in September 2018 and all applications will be for the 2018/19 academic year.  We are not recruiting for this course in September 2017 or January 2018 - it will be re-launched using the new RQF specifications.

Course Overview

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

 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.

Key Facts

Science and Technology
Peterborough Regional College
HNC 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time / HND 2 years full-time, 3 years part-time
HNC = H201 / HND = H202
Tariff Points
Relevant Level 3 or Access to HE and interview
Accredited By
Pearson Edexcel

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HNC/HND Civil Engineering


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.

Core Programme Units

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)

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.  You may also progress to further study towards a professional body membership, such as the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructe).

Entry Requirements

  • A BTEC Level 3 National Certificate or Diploma in an construction discipline or Access to HE qualification
  • 2 A-levels in Maths and a Science subject
  • Plus GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

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