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Civil Engineering

Course Code: UF4193, UX4193
  • Level: 4
  • Qualification: Higher National Certificate
  • Awarding body: University of Plymouth
  • Duration: One year (full-time), two years (part-time)
  • Course type: Full-time, Part-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Thursdays, 9.00am - 6.15pm (part-time)

What's it all about?

Full Fee

Full-time £7,450
Part-time £5,550 (£3,700 year one, £1,850 year two)


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, and flood defence 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 HandbookProgramme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

Course information

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

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 at least one of the following:

  • 56 UCAS tariff points
  • a BTEC National Award in a related subject
  • an Advanced Apprenticeship
  • an NVQ Level 3 in a related subject
  • T Level pass in an appropriate subject area
  • 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.

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

  • to the final year of the 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

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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Future careers

What you could earn:

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