HNC Civil Engineering

This programme will give you the relevant vocational knowledge and skills to pursue a career in civil engineering.

  • Level

    Higher Level

  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Guildford College

  • Pathway


From transport necessities such as roads, railways and airports, through high rise steel and glass skyscrapers and hotels, to water management systems such as dams, flood defences and even sewers, civil engineering is vital work. If you want to be a part of it then we can give you the skills you need to build a successful career.

This programme will give you the relevant vocational knowledge and skills to pursue a career in civil engineering, enabling you to apply critical reasoning and analysis to solve engineering problems using the appropriate UK and EU codes of practice and industry standards.

  • Specialist programme of part-time studies to complement industrial skills and experience
  • Opportunity to specialise in several areas of civil engineering
  • Gain membership of professional bodies such as the Institute of Civil Engineers or Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Engineer at construction site


Tuition Fees

Home/EU* Fee for September 2022 entry: £3,265 per year

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students.

*Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

If you are interested in this course and would like an informal, no-obligation chat about the details of the course, how to sign up, or anything else, please get in touch and we’d be happy to help!

Year 1: Design principles and application for construction and the built environment (15 credits); science and materials for construction and the built environment (15 credits); health, safety and welfare for construction and the built environment (15 credits); applied mathematics for construction and the built environment (15 credits); site surveying procedures for construction and the built environment (15 credits).

Year 2: Group project in the construction industry (20 credits); engineering geology and soil mechanics (15 credits); civil engineering technology (15 credits); structural analysis and design (15 credits); management principles and application for construction and the built environment (15 credits).

You could progress to the HND in Civil Engineering and go on to university to a top up degree. Alternatively you can undertake professional exams in order to gain part membership of the professional or technical bodies such as the Institute of Structural Engineers (ISE).

Become a technician or engineer with a civil engineering firm, civil engineer, technical adviser, site manager or project planner.

A typical offer is 64 UCAS points. This may be from:
• Two A-levels at grade A-C (7-4)
• Level 3 National Diploma grade MM
• Level 3 Extended National Diploma grade MPP
• Access to HE Diploma; MPP
In addition, applicants should possess GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
We also welcome applications from individuals looking to return to education who possess strong industry related experience. We support widening participation and encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Applicants should apply online through the Activate Learning website.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education 

  • 60+

    years of teaching experience

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