HND Civil Engineering

Created specifically for students interested in civil engineering and construction, the Construction and Built Environment (Civil Engineering) course will develop you as a professional and self-reflecting individual able to meet all the requirements within the sector. 

The BTEC Higher National Diploma in Construction and Built Environment (Civil Engineering) will help you develop strong communication skills in order to manage projects, on-site teams and client requirements. 

The objectives of the course are as follows: 

  • To prepare you for the global building environment with the skills, knowledge and judgement necessary to accomplish high performance in the built environment sector.
  • To equip you with the education and training fundamental for careers such as civil engineering, building services engineering, construction management, architectural technology, etc.
  • To offer you the education and expertise of the way technologies are shaping the construction and building sectors and make sure you will be ready to work with these technologies.
  • To provide you with the opportunity of addressing environmental issues, with a focus on sustainability and recognise the crucial role that the building environment plays in approaching this matter.

The range of skills acquired during the study years will be most relevant to construction technology, construction practice, construction management and legal responsibilities in construction. 

Course Length:  2 years;
Start dates:  January/April/August/September;

  • Civil engineer
  • Chartered engineer
  • Building services engineer
  • Quantity surveying engineer
  • Construction manager
  • Architectural technology engineer
  • Minimum age: 18 years old
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of the highest qualification obtained (e.g., Secondary School diploma/Baccalaureate/Level 3 Diploma) or relevant work experience
  • Overseas learners must demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of English language
  • Applicants must attend an interview with a member of the admission team
  • Applicants must bring the original certificates at the moment of registration

Year 1:

  • Construction technology
  • Science and materials
  • Mathematics for construction
  • Principles of structural design
  • Individual project
  • Construction practice and management
  • Construction information (Drawing)
  • Civil engineering technology


Year 2:

  • Geotechnics and soil mechanics
  • Further mathematics for construction
  • Advanced structural design
  • Group project
  • Alternative methods for construction
  • Personal and professional development
  • Hydraulics

*Modules may vary depending on the chosen institution.



The assessment is based on assignments, typically one assignment per unit. These assignments will vary and include a mix of formal reports, presentations and practical tasks.  

You won’t have to write any exams during your HND, instead you will focus on gaining practical, applicable skills through real-world case studies and group and individual assignments.  

Learners are assessed using a variety of methods, including group work, tutorials, lectures, seminars, presentations, essays, role play and case study analyses. All units will be individually graded as ‘pass, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. 

You must pass all 8 units to achieve a higher certificate and all 16 units to achieve a higher diploma.


After completion you can progress to the 3rd year at university and apply for a Top-Up course such as BA/BSc (Hons) Top-up degree in Engineering – Civil.

Student Loans available.


The Tuition Fee of the course may vary depending on the institution you have chosen, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. 

Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.


Government Funds – Student Finance England

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. 

Tuition fee loan, which is covering the full cost of your course, will be paid directly to the course provider. 

You can apply for a Maintenance loan at the same time, which will help you cover some of your expenses. This loan will be paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. 

You won’t have to pay back the loans until one year after your graduation, when you’ll earn over a threshold set by Student Loan.  

Students can also apply for other grants subject to availability and eligibility, such as grants for disability, or for childcare costs.

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