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Civil Engineering

Course Code: UF4193

Level: 4
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Higher National Certificate
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Thursdays, 9.00am - 6.15pm (part-time)

About the course

Civil engineers help to create the structures and systems that sustain society. They are responsible for designing, building, maintaining and improving bridges, roads, canals, docks, office buildings, hospitals, schools, airports, power stations, railways, flood defences, and water-treatment facilities everywhere. This HNC is designed for those who are already working in the civil engineering industry in a range of roles, including trainee site engineers or quantity surveyors.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

What you'll learn

The course includes the following subjects:


  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Materials
  • ICT and Design
  • Civil Engineering Construction
  • Construction and Civil Engineering Management


Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Materials
  • Civil Engineering Construction

Year 2

  • ICT and Design
  • Construction and Civil Engineering Management
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including maths, English and combined science, and one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (for September 2016 entry)
  • a BTEC National Award in a related subject
  • an Advanced Apprenticeship
  • an NVQ Level 3 in a related subject
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through a mixture of coursework, in-class assessments and presentations.

What's next?

On successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress:

  • to the final year of the FdSc Civil Engineering Foundation Degree at the College, following the completion of 40 credits of additional short course study
  • on to a wide range of careers within the engineering industry
  • on to higher levels in order to achieve chartered status and advancement to higher levels within the civil engineering industry
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.