HNC in Civil Engineering

L4 Level 4
Part Time
2 September 2024 — 15 May 2026
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The Civil Engineering HNC will give you a high-level understanding of the design, function, construction and essential requirements for buildings and structures of all classes.

The Higher National Certificate is highly regarded qualification in the construction sector. The Civil Engineering course is designed to ensure you are highly employable and a valuable addition to organisations within the industry. The areas you will study include all the subjects necessary to meet the expectations of employers, preparing you for a career in this challenging and rewarding sector.

The course is designed to enhance your work-based skills with the view of working towards a Senior Technician position.

You’ll develop an appreciation of engineering principles, IT and personal skills, and the ability to apply them through the medium of design and project work.

What you will study

You will study the following 8 modules on this course:

Unit 1: Individual Project (set by awarding organisation)

Unit 3: Science and Materials

Unit 4: Construction Environment

Unit 7: Surveying, Measuring and Setting-out

Unit 8: Mathematics for Construction

Unit 15: Principles of Alternative Energy

Unit 17: Civil Engineering Technology

Unit 19: Principles of Structural Design

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £1,920.00

Teaching and assessment

The programme will be taught using a combination of lectures, guest speakers and tutorials. The programme will be assessed using a combination of assignments, practical assessment and examinations.

Entry requirements

48 UCAS Tariff Points from the routes listed below: • BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment (or a related subject) • GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject; this profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English • Other related Level 3 qualifications • Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution • International equivalent of the above. Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis. PPE/Equipment required: Laptop, Safety Boots, Notebook, Stationary, Memory Stick.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

15 May 2026

Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

7 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering

Career prospects & further study


According to Lightcast 2022 data, the construction sector is due to grow by 9.1% in the Cardiff Capital Region between 2022-2026, with an average wage over £30,000 per year.

On Completion of the HNC, learners can progress onto the HND in Civil Engineering or directly into employment in the construction sector.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

Dumballs Road,
CF10 5FE