Civil Engineering HNC

UCAS code 102H
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This HNC Civil Engineering will allow you to take that first step into, or to further develop, your career in the construction and related industries.

Based at Inverness College UHI, you will study subjects including computer-aided design (CAD), civil engineering materials and testing, site surveying, construction technology, and mathematics.

Special features

  • The course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers and will provide the academic requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech).
  • Delivered on a part-time, block-release basis, the course offers flexibility to combine study and work

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in Maths OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above in Maths
  • Alternatively, NC Civil Engineering
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply and appropriate construction related experience will be taken into consideration

Access routes

NC Civil Engineering

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • CAD 2DI
  • Civil engineering: Contract and Project Management A
  • Civil Engineering: Graded unit 1
  • Civil Engineering: Materials and Testing
  • Civil Engineering: Specialisms
  • Construction Site Surveying A
  • Mathematics For Construction
  • Structural Mechanics

Option units may include:

  • Civil Engineering Eechnology
  • Construction Site Surveying B
  • Construction Technical Communication Skills
  • Highway Engineering
  • Public health Engineering
  • Water supply Engineering

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time, block-release

You will study by way of traditional classroom-based lectures and tutorials at Inverness College UHI.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time, block-release: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18*
Full-time per year
£1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government.  The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN credit) £434 £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434 £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your HNC Civil Engineering course you will be qualified to take up roles as a civil engineer at technician level.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC Civil Engineering you may progress to year 2 of the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Civil Engineering HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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