HNC Structural 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 structural engineering industry.
  • Provide candidates with a range of contemporary vocational skills utilising modern equipment and techniques available for basic structural design procedures and material testing thus enabling candidates to make an immediate contribution in their role as engineering technicians.
  • Provide a choice of optional Units that will allow candidates to develop in other areas relevant to future employment in structural or 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 or the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Pass Requirements

At least 12 credits including all the mandatory units

Programme Content

Mandatory Units

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

Optional units

Construction Materials and Specification
Reinforced Concrete Design and Detailing
Mathematics for Construction Engineering
CAD for Civil Engineering
Construction Technical Communication Skills
Construction Site Surveying A
Geotechnics A
Structural Analysis B
Structural Masonry Design and Detailing
Structural Steel Design and Detailing
Structural Timber Design and Detailing


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.