HND Civil Engineering

SCQF Level: 8
Mode of Study: Part time/Full time
Length of Study: 2 years (full time)
Entry Requirements: Please see entry requirements page. Entry into 2nd year upon successful completion of HNC Civil Engineering, HNC Construction Engineering, HNC Structural Engineering (Minimum 15 Unit credits)

Aims of course

  • Prepare candidates for employment as senior 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 to higher level qualifications 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 30 credits including all the mandatory units

Programme Content

Mandatory Units

CAD 2D 1
Structural Mechanics
Structural Steel Design and Detailing
Construction Technical Communication Skills
Geotechnics A
Mathematics for Construction
Construction Materials and Specification
Construction Technology: Substructure
Computer Applications for Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering Contract and Project Management A
Civil Engineering Contract and Project Management B
Civil Engineering Materials and Testing
Civil Engineering Technology
Reinforced Concrete Design and Detailing
CAD for Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering Specialisms
Construction Site Surveying A
Construction Site Surveying B
Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics
Structural Analysis A
Structural Analysis B
Mathematics for Construction Engineering
HNC Civil Engineering Graded Unit 1 (only 1 Graded Unit 1 required)
HNC Construction Engineering Graded Unit 1 (only 1 Graded Unit 1 required)
HNC Structural Engineering Graded Unit 1(only 1 Graded Unit 1 required)
HND Civil Engineering Graded Unit 2

Optional units

Applied Maths for Civil Engineers
Highway Engineering
Public Health Engineering
Quality in Construction
Work Role Effectiveness
Health and Safety in Construction
Railway Civil Engineering An Introduction
Personal Development Planning
Railway Permanent Way Engineering
Railway Permanent Way Engineering Computer Design
Structural Masonry Design and Detailing
Traffic Engineering
Structural Timber Design and Detailing
Water Supply Engineering
Geotechnics B
Construction Site Surveying C


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

1. Continue to study at a University on a degree programme

2. 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.