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HNCCivil Engineering

2 years part-time
Southampton City Centre

Why study a civil engineering HNC at Solent University

Currently employed in the construction industry? If you want to further your career in civil engineering, this practical and flexible course will prepare you for a range of higher technician roles.

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  • The course is approved by the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) Joint Board of Moderators, meaning it satisfies the base academic requirements for the professional grade of 'engineering technician' from the ICE
  • This practical civil engineering HNC programme will help prepare you for a range of higher technician roles.
  • You can study this course part-time, making it easy to fit around your current employment.
  • Benefit from the team’s close relationships with employers and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
  • Use a range of specialist facilities, including construction laboratories, a dedicated drawing studio and a range of levelling/surveying equipment (total stations).
  • If you are looking to take your academic qualifications further, this HNC programme provides a platform for entering on to several post-HNC courses, including full-and part-time degrees.
  • Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, meaning all students have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which contains the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

Solent’s industry-focused civil engineering HNC helps build upon existing skills to prepare students for a higher technician role within the civil engineering sector.

During the course, students will be introduced to key principles in the fields of numeracy, materials, mechanics, construction technology, and health and safety. As the course progresses, learning will focus on the more specialised areas of surveying, geotechnics, and structural analysis.

To aid learning and help build essential hands-on skills, some modules of the course are supported by practical work and field exercises. This strong emphasis on practical learning has meant the course has been able to maintain a high graduate success rate and offer enhanced career development. This course will develop your vocational skills, including research, analysis, planning and organisation, to supplement your proficiency.

For students looking to take their academic qualifications further, the HNC programme provides a platform for entering on to a number of post-HNC courses, including full- and part-time degrees.

Course features

  • Apply direct

    You can apply direct to Solent University for this course

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

Who is this course for?

Solent’s civil engineering HNC is perfect for those already in the construction industry who are looking to study part-time whilst continuing to work.

The course content is ideal for those wishing to further their career and work towards higher technician roles.

What does this course lead to?

The nature of this course means that the majority of students are already in employment. Completion of the course holds the potential for future career advancement.

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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