HNC Civil Engineering

SCQF Level: 7
Mode of Study: Part time/Full time
Length of Study: 1 year (full time)
Entry Requirements: Please see entry requirements page

Aims of course

  • Prepare candidates for employment as engineering technicians in the civil engineering industry.
  • Provide candidates with a range of contemporary vocational skills utilising modern equipment and techniques available for basic design procedures, surveying and material testing.
  • Provide a choice of optional Units that will allow candidates to develop in other areas relevant to future employment in civil engineering, or progression via an HND in Civil Engineering.
  • Enable candidates to achieve appropriate professional body recognition, in particular but not exclusively, the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Pass Requirements

At least 12 credits including all the mandatory units

Programme Content

Mandatory Units

CAD 2D 1
Structural Mechanics
Mathematics for Construction
Construction Technology: Substructure
Civil Engineering and Project Management A
Civil Engineering Materials and Testing
Civil Engineering Specialisms
Construction Site Surveying A
HNC Civil Engineering Graded Unit 1

Optional units

Railway Civil Engineering An Introduction
Construction Technical Communication Skills
Construction Materials and Specification
Computer Applications for Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering Technology
CAD for Civil Engineering
Construction Site Surveying B
Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics
Highway Engineering
Public Health Engineering
Traffic Engineering
Water Supply Engineering
Mathematics for Construction Engineering


After achieving your HNC there are a number of options open to you:

1. Continue to study the HND Civil Engineering at Technical Academy Scotland
(3 additional units from the above table are required)

2. Study another HND elsewhere

3. Enter employment
This will suit the employment requirements of a range of employers including:

  • developers, contractors, designers and prefabricators for industrial commercial and housing developments ;
  • those who design, manage, maintain or adapt infrastructure elements such as bridges, railways, roads, water and sewerage installations including consulting civil engineers, civil engineering contractors and the owners/managers of infrastructure components;
  • those who design, maintain, adapt or manage structures including consulting structural engineers, contractors and the owners/managers of industrial and commercial buildings