Civil Engineering HNC

UCAS code 102H
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What is special about this course?

HNC Civil Engineering will allow you to take your first step into, or 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

  • 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)


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

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

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


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 a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.


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 2020

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.