BTEC HNC in Civil Engineering


  • H.E. Students


What does the course include?

There are 8 units to take over the two years:

  • Design Principles and Application
  • Science and Materials
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Group Project
  • Site Surveying Procedures
  • Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Structural Analysis and Design

How is the course assessed?

Most assessment is through written coursework although there are some class-based tests and one group project. A typical unit may include two coursework assignments and one class-based open-book test.

Where does it lead?

Progression opportunities will exist in HND and/or Degree level courses within Civil Engineering or Building Services Engineering.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

BTEC HNC Civil Engineering

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University, Higher Education study

Is there additional work required by the student?

To successfully complete this course you will be expected to spend a number of additional hours a week on assignments, project or field trips.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Civil Engineering

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

What do I need to get on to the course?

The two-year part-time course is primarily designed for candidates already employed in the Construction and Built Environment industries.

Appropriate previous qualifications include:

  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Civil Engineering or Building Services Engineering
  • A-level passes in Mathematics, Engineering or Science
  • Other level 3 qualifications in a related area are considered for experienced employees within the Construction and Built Environment sectors

The interview process

All candidates are interviewed by the programme manager. Qualification certificates and an employer reference should be made available at interview.

Candidates are required to provide a suitable reference. 



Higher Education Fees

Paying for your course

To cover tuition fees, loans are available from the government. You may also get support towards your living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and your household income. There is also extra support for those with special circumstances, for example, if you have children or adult dependants, a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

How are these loans paid back?

You must pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. You pay interest on these. 
You don’t have to pay back other student finance such as grants and bursaries.
Repayments are based on your income, not on what you have borrowed. 
You only start repaying the loan once you’ve left university or college and your income is over £25,725 a year.
  • Repayments are 9% of everything earned in excess of £25,725.  
  • If your income drops below this amount repayments stop.
  • Your repayments will be taken out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance if you’re an employee.
  • If you’re self-employed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will work out how much you pay from your tax return. You pay at the same time as you pay your tax.
As a part-time student who earns over £25,725 a year you have to start paying back your loans after 4 years even if the course hasn’t finished. 
After 30 years, regardless of what you have already repaid the debt is wiped. If you never earn over £25,725 then you will never have to repay the loan.  
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Important Information

Please note that to ensure students get the best experience possible, our Higher Education courses will run subject to numbers. If we are unable to meet our minimum threshold, we will aim to direct you to a provider who has a similar offer.