Civil Engineering HNC

UCAS code 102H
Information line 01463 279190

What is special about this course?

Civil Engineers are responsible for the design and implementation of a wide range of infrastructure, energy and construction projects. The focus in these varies, from consultation, design and advisory, to site-based work. The HNC Civil Engineering provides the relevant qualification for a Civil Engineering Technician.

You will benefit from strong industry links and professional practice, giving you the skills required to improve your employment opportunities in this key industry sector. The programme has the support of local employers such as Pat Munro, Mott MacDonald and The Highland Council. It is currently delivered for students employed in the sector as trainee Civil Engineering Technicians.

You willl enjoy regular site visits, guest presenters and work-based learning designed to enhance your experience. Work-based learning builds on your experiences as a Civil Engineering trainee/technician and uses your experience in the learning and teaching, but also as workplace evidence to achieve vocational qualifications.

You will be taught by a team of enthusiastic lecturers with extensive experience and varied qualifications. We utilise expanding lab facilities and current technology in the delivery of our course and you will be introduced to themes of clean construction and digital innovation throughout the programme.

Special features

  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech). The JBM consists of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE); the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT); and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
  • Excellent lab equipment including structural analysis, geotechnical labs and materials testing
  • 3D surveying and modelling technology
  • For free student membership of ICE, you can find out more here: https://www.ice.org.uk/membership/grades-of-ice-membership/student-membership-of-ice

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course.

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 or the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering

Prospective students without the standard entry requirements, as listed above, are encouraged to apply; appropriate, construction-related experience will be taken into consideration

Access routes

  • NC Civil Engineering

Year 1 - HNC

Modules may include:

  • CAD 2D1
  • CAD for civil engineers
  • Civil engineering: contract and project management
  • Civil engineering: graded unit 1
  • Civil engineering: materials and testing
  • Civil engineering: specialisms
  • Civil engineering technology
  • Construction site surveying A
  • Construction site surveying B
  • Construction technical communication skills
  • Construction technology: substructure
  • Geotechnics A
  • Mathematics for construction
  • Maths for civil engineering
  • Structural mechanics

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, most likely in semester two (from January 20201), where this is not possible alternative options will be available.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time, block-release
  • Full-time students will study by way of traditional classroom-based lectures and tutorials at Inverness College UHI
  • Part-time, block-release students will study via work-based learning with block-release sessions to complete workshops, lectures, tutorials and project work

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time, block-release: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

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)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

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

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

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 while 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)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,855 £7,020
Part-time (per HN credit) £457 £468

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

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?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

It’s worth studying to achieve what you need, but having the chance to study part time alongside working provides invaluable experience in the industry you want to pursue your career in. I work with a large national and hope to move on to the HND and degree through the same block release study method.

Tommy McCleghan is studying through block release, part time on  the HNC Civil Engineering at our Inverness College UHI campus, while working for one of Scotland's leading construction contractors.

Apply for Civil Engineering HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.