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HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) (part-time)

Key course information

Engineering, Manufacturing and Civil Engineering


2 years

University Level


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Course Overview

Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Chippenham campus, the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning.The course provides a wide ranging study of the construction and the built environment sector and is designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in construction and the built environment.In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the construction and the built environment sector, this course will give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

What will I learn?

After completing these two years, students will gain an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment. The course typically involves modules in the following subjects:

Individual Project (Pearson set)
Construction Technology
Science and Materials
Construction Practice & Management
Construction Information (Drawing, Detalling, Specification)
Mathematics for Construction
Principles of Structural Design
Site Supervision & Operations

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Although Pearson do not specify formal entry requirements, for students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment (or a related subject).

A 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 (9 to 4 or equivalent) in subjects such as Maths and English.

Other related Level 3 qualifications.

An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved Further Education institution.

Related work experience.

An international equivalent of the above.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Studied over two years part time, this course is assessed through a mixture of continuous assessment methods using coursework assignments and written assessments for some higher grades.

Practical sessions take place in modern purpose built labs with specialist equipment and software provided. Students have access to resources such as the college's online learning environment, eStudy with free access to a wide range of eBooks.

An HNC in Construction and the Built Environment gives students the opportunity to use relevant contexts, scenarios and materials to enable students to demonstrate the breadth of their skills and knowledge in a way that equips them for employment.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering), accredited by Pearson.

Additional Costs and Information

Students may be required to attend an interview and the cost of this programme is £2,650 per year.

Students will be expected to obtain relevant textbooks as recommended by individual lecturers.

If a student wishes to study part time, they are welcome to apply directly to the college.

You can contact the college on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email for more information.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Engineering, Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Career Opportunities

  • Project Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • CAD Operator

  • CNC Machinist
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Renewables Engineer

108,000 engineering apprenticeships were started in 2018, the highest number in 10 years

65 million engineering jobs are predicted to be available by 2024

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