Currently employed in the construction industry? Want to further your career in civil engineering? Solent’s practical civil engineering HNC programme will help prepare you for a range of higher technician roles. The programme is delivered with flexibility at its core, making it easy to fit around your current employment.
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.
Why choose this course?
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course
You can study this course part-time
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.
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Mathematics for Civil Engineering
This module will introduce numerical processes and procedures that are commonly used in the Civil Engineering industry. Learners are to identify appropriate numerical techniques as well as methods for checking solutions for appropriate accuracy, suitability and presentation for commercial use.
Civil Engineering Materials and Soil Mechanics
This module covers three broad inter-related areas namely: common civil engineering materials; laboratory measurement of material physical properties; properties and particulate nature of soils.
Civil Engineering Construction Technology
This module introduces students to the legal framework required for the production of Civil Engineering works and also the methods and techniques used in Civil Engineering Projects.
How you will learn and be assessed
You will learn by:
You may be assessed by a combination of:
- Written exams
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Why choose the industry?
The construction industry is expected to see an average annual growth of 2.9% in the period 2015-2019. Employment in the industry rose 2.6% in 2014 and is forecast to continue to grow during 2015-2019 at an annual average rate of 1.5% (CITB's Blueprint for Construction 2015-2019 report). The industry is currently experiencing a skills shortage and there is an increasing demand for talented graduates who are equipped with the right expertise.
The built environment group has a long history of close relationships with employers and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The programme also benefits from an annual visit by the Regional Membership Development Officer from the Institution of Civil Engineers. This helps to fosters close links between the professional body and local employers.
The tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year are:
- UK, EU (settled status) and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,250 per year
- International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course costs
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2023/24 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:
An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year: £175.20
Field trip travel: £30 (approx)
Students will be required to have the following personal protective equipment for construction site visits:
- Safety boots that conform to EN ISO 20345:2011. S3 category - protective toecap and midsole and a water repellent upper (approximately £60*).
- Construction hard hat that conform to BS EN 397 (approximately £6*).
- Builders working gloves suitable for general handling (approximately £3*).
- High visibility vest with reflective tape on body and shoulders (approximately £4*).
- Outdoor lens safety glasses that conforms to BS EN166. Grade F impact lens and optical class 1. (approximately £7*).
* Prices accurate June 2020.
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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Key entry requirements
16 points minimum from either 6-unit or 3-unit awards
- plus GCSE/O Level grade 4 (previously grade C) or above to include English and Maths
- or BTEC/Edexcel Advanced GNVQ
- or National Certificate Diploma in a Building/Construction related discipline
- or relevant Access course
- or other qualifications which are considered to be equivalent of the above.
- Applications from mature students and non-standard applicants may also be considered - contact admissions for further information by emailing email@example.com.
Key entry requirements
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Key entry requirements
How to apply
Applications for part-time courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative entry options
Applications are welcomed from students who do not have the academic qualifications listed above but may be admitted on the basis of relevant experience rather than standard qualifications.
Important note about progression routes:
Progression to a Pearson Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification is not automatically available after completion of this Higher National Certificate (HNC) course.
Solent’s HNC is awarded under a Trademark Licence and the final award from this course, although mapped closely to Pearson’s programmes, is not a Pearson BTEC Higher National award.
Candidates wishing to progress onto a course at another provider may need to complete additional modules or check with the provider if acceptance to the progression course will be available with the HNC award. Many providers offer recognition of prior learning, but this will be on a case by case basis.
Students graduating from Solent do have progression routes at Solent University to degrees or to other professional qualifications.
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
- IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
- TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
- Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 95 in each component
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
Pre-Sessional English programme
The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
We will prepare you for your future
Completion of the course holds the potential for future career advancement in:
We will help you start your career
The Solent Futures team is committed to getting students into great careers.
While you are studying, the team can help you with finding work experience or placements, link you with a mentor, check your CV, or offer one-to-one guidance.
If you're in your final year, we also have graduate job opportunities just for Solent graduates.Find out more
Support at Solent
All students at Solent University have access to a range of specialist support services. Whether you are having financial difficulty, need additional help with academic skills or want advice on setting up your own business you'll find that help is always on hand.
Most of our specialist support services are based around the Student Hub, a central space where you can access all the information and support you may need during your time at University. The Student Hub is the first point of contact if you have any queries relating to your course, including questions about your timetable, options, and assessments and extenuating circumstances.