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About the course

Currently employed in the construction industry? Want to further your career in civil engineering? Southampton Solent’s practical civil engineering HNC programme will help prepare you for a range of higher technician roles. The programme is delivered flexibly, making it easy to fit around your current employment.

Southampton 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. Previous students have taken part in a field trip to the Isle of Wight to investigate the engineering characteristics of rock and soil and the scale and type of slop instability in the area. This strong emphasis on ‘learning by doing’ has meant the course has been able to maintain a high graduate success rate and offer enhanced career development.

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.

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The course is approved by the Joint Board of Moderators (through the Institution of Civil Engineers). This means that it satisfies the base academic requirements for the professional grade of 'engineering technician'.

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.

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.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,900 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.

Other 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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Compulsory costs:
An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year. As a guide the 2016-17 fee was £168.60
Students are also expected to purchase sturdy work boots. These can range from £30 - £100
Field trip travel: £30.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

16 points minimum from either 6-unit or 3-unit awards

  • plus 4 GCSE/O Level 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.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

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 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning 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 admissions@solent.ac.uk.

Attendance (2016 dates)

HNC Year 1: Tuesdays 9am to 5pm 
HNC Year 2: Tuesdays 9am to 5pm

Please use the link below to apply:

Apply for HNC Civil Engineering

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Civil Engineering Construction Technology
  • Civil Engineering Materials and Mechanics
  • Mathematics

Year two

Core units
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Civil Engineering Surveying
  • Geotechnics

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Phil Brown academic profile Phil Brown Course Leader View profile
Clifford Okeh academic profile Clifford Okeh Senior Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Technician Instructor View profile

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.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Learning is supported by two construction-specific laboratories. The course team has strong links to the industry and has built close relationships with employers and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Your future

As a part-time student you are generally expected to already be employed within the construction industry. The course's industry focus and practical emphasis is intended to develop your professionalism and maximise your employment opportunities. Upon completion of this course, students can go onto our Developing the Skills and Preparing for ICE Technician Membership professional short course.
  • I enrolled in the HNC Civil Engineering course at Solent Uni as a part time student having completed my ONC in London. I learnt so much during the course, due to the straightforward, clear and concise teaching style. I have trouble learning in a formal academic way however, mathematics and geology, which are two of my weaker subjects were clearly explained and simplified. This made the subject more accessible to someone who learns like I do.

    Angela Anderson

Industry links

The built environment group has a long history of close relationships with employers and the Institution of Civil Engineering.

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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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