Level 4/5 HNC/HND - Civil Engineering


The Level 4/5 Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Civil Engineering is designed to develop knowledge and skills across a broad range of construction and civil engineering technologies essential to businesses in a rapidly evolving economy. The programme also aims to give key transferable skills that are valued by employers.

Studies will focus on a core knowledge which is required by all civil engineers such as Construction Technology, Science and Materials and Mathematics for Construction.  Additionally, the programme aims to provide essential construction and civil engineering management skills.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The varied nature of this programme means a wide range of teaching and learning methods will be used. In order to ensure learners acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, timetabled face to face classes are combined with independent learning and online learning. Learners will attend lectures, practical sessions, online lectures, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on site visits to view state-of-the-art projects, and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry, the professional bodies or other academic institutions.

Course content

You will complete a broad range of units including

  • Science and Materials
  • Construction Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Information
  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics


  • Structural Design
  • Surveying
  • Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics
  • Hydraulics
  • BIM

Qualification type

Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in General Engineering
Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in General Engineering


Course duration

  • HNC - 2 years, part time (1 day a week)
  • HND - 2 years, part time (1 day a week)
  • January 2023 start



Entry requirements

Level 2: 4 x GCSEs (Maths, English, Science) – grade C/4
Level 3: BTEC National Qualification in appropriate subject (Engineering) –
grade MMM
3 x A-Levels with at least 1 in appropriate subject (Maths/Physics/Chemistry) – grade C

Course costs

This course is FREE for all adults living in a West Midlands Combined Authority postcode.
For other adults, tuition fees are £3,600 per year and candidates will be able to apply for a Student Loan. This is available through Student
Finance England. Go to gov.uk/student-finance for more information.