BTEC Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering is a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and with a strong work related emphasis. Civil Engineers design, construct and shape our environment.
This course will introduce you to the key knowledge and skills in construction, the built environment and civil engineering. You will explore engineering design, materials, surveying, geology, structures and health and safety. You will also undertake a group project module, in which you will apply what you have learned to solving a design challenge of your choice.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. Your studies will be supported by trips to trade exhibitions, career fairs and guest speakers from the industry. You will also develop your transferable skills such as critical analysis, problem solving, negotiation, team work and planning to ensure that you have the awareness to succeed in the changing engineering sector.
You will be assessed through individual and group projects, case studies, oral presentations, time-constrained and written assignments.
General Entry Requirements
you are under 21 years of age at the start of the course, you must have at least one
of the following:
- At least one GCE A-level
pass. In addition, you should have appropriate supporting passes at GCSE
(including English and Maths at grade C or above) or Key Skills Level 2
qualifications in communication, IT and Application of Number or
- A Level 3 qualification
such as: BTEC level 3 Diploma, National
Diploma, Advanced GNVQ/NVQ, AVCE/VCE, Foundation Certificate in a relevant subject
- Access to Higher Education in a relevant subject
- Advanced Modern
Apprenticeship with Level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject
- An equivalent foreign
- Any other level 3
qualification in a relevant subject
If you are over 21 years of age, you may demonstrate a more
varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work
experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their
This course will prepare students for a wide range of civil engineering careers - Site Manager - Construction Consultant - Estimator - Civil Works Engineer - Structural Engineer - Surveyor - Opportunities within Public and Private Sectors
Graduates can progress to a 1-year full time or 2 year part time BSc(Hons) degree (Top Up) in Civil Engineering awarded by the Universty of Derby and studied at The London College UCK
The following is an indication of relevant professional bodies that recognise the BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) and their recommended unit structure, as qualifications that contribute towards their requirements and also meet the requirements of the Engineering Council (UK) – Standards for Professional Engineering Competence:
â— Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
â— Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
â— Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
â— Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
In addition to individual recognition by the main professional bodies, the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment have also been validated and approved by the Construction Skills Standards and Qualifications Validation Group (SQVG) which represents the construction and built environment sector.
To qualify for the Higher National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) students must achieve at least 245 credits. A minimum of 125 credits must be at level 5.
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME||UNIT LEVEL||UNIT CREDIT|
|HNCB 001||Design Principles and Application for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 002||Science and Materials for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 003||Applied Mathematics for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 006||Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 027||Site Surveying Procedures for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 032||Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 033||Civil Engineering Technology - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 034||Structural Analysis and Design - 5||5||15|
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME||UNIT LEVEL||UNIT CREDIT|
|HNCB 004||Management Principles and Application for Construction - 5||5||15|
|HNCB 005||Group Project in the Construction Industry - 5||5||20|
|HNCB 011||Contractual Procedures and Procurement for Construction - 5||5||15|
|HNCB 016||Measuring, Tendering and Estimating for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 036||Applied Mathematics for Complex Engineering Problems - 5||5||15|
|HNCB 037||Advanced Civil Engineering - 5||5||15|
|HNCB 038||Hydraulic Principles and Applications - 5||5||15|
|HNCB 062||Research Project - 5||5||20|
Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2013/2014
|Higher National Certificate
|Higher National Diploma
|Higher National Certificate
|Higher National Diploma
|Postgraduate Standard Diploma
|Top up degree programmes
|Top up degree programmes
- The above tuition fees do not include textbooks, study
materials or accommodation fees.
- 5% discount is offered to self-paying students who
settle the annual tuition fees in full before the start of
the course. This discount applies only when the annual fee
- Administrative charges of £100.00 or £150.00 apply to
payments by installments (please refer to payment policy
- Additional fees per module apply to re-assessments and
- A graduation fee of £200.00 will be charged to all
students attending the Graduation Ceremony.Students who do
not wish to attend their Graduation Ceremony will be
£200 graduation certification fee, depending
on the award and additional services requested (eg
apostille, international postage, notary public
certification, etc). These charges are due on the final
year of study.
To be classified as a home
student for the purpose of tuition fee payment:
The three year residence rule also applies to you if you have:
- you must be a British or EU national
- you must have resided in the European Union for three
years prior to the start of your course
- an indefinite leave to remain in the UK visa
- a spouse/partner/dependent visa
- any other visa which permits you to remain and work in
the UK without any restrictions
Note: Before you apply, please make sure you have access to your email, prepared document scans (picture, passport, other supporting documents)
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Design Principles and Application for Construction - 4 [HNCB 001]
This unit provides learners with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the design process and how the planning and design phases are coordinated and managed. This unit enables learners to demonstrate an understanding of design considerations and the design process. Learners will develop their ability to evaluate the planning and design phases and consider the environmental impact of construction projects. Learners will explore the roles and legal responsibilities of all parties involved in construction projects. Learners will also gain an understanding of how emerging technologies affect the design and production phases of construction projects.
Science and Materials for Construction - 4 [HNCB 002]
This unit provides learners with an understanding of the properties, structural behaviour and use of construction materials, and develops the skills needed to use scientific principles to solve construction problems.This unit introduces scientific principles relevant to the study of construction and the built environment and provides learners with a fundamental understanding of the properties and use of construction materials. This unit has been designed to enable learners studying construction, civil engineering and/or building services engineering programmes to explore scientific principles and the behaviour of materials used in the construction and built environment sector.
Applied Mathematics for Construction - 4 [HNCB 003]
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop skills in using analytical methods and statistics to solve construction and engineering problems.This unit provides learners with an understanding of analytical techniques and the mathematical skills needed to solve construction and engineering problems. This unit has been designed to enable learners to use mathematical processes to solve construction, civil engineering and building services engineering problems. It is also intended to provide a basis for further study of the analytical methods and engineering mathematics needed for learners working in civil engineering and building services engineering disciplines.
Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction - 4 [HNCB 006]
This unit enables learners to develop an understanding of health, safety and welfare legislation and effective health and safety policies. Learners will develop the skills needed to undertake risk assessments. On completion of this unit, learners will understand current health, safety and welfare legislation applicable to the construction and built environment sector. Learners will understand the main requirements of an effective health and safety policy and its successful implementation in the workplace. Learners will understand how to identify and record hazards, assess risks and select appropriate control measures to prevent or mitigate ill health and injuries on site. Work carried out for this unit will contribute to health and safety plans within project work and allows learners to contribute to the safety policy and arrangements. Learners will also gain an understanding of the need to review, revise and monitor risk assessments.
Site Surveying Procedures for Construction - 4 [HNCB 027]
This unit develops an understanding of the principles of site surveying and cartographic detailing of construction works and the skills to use site surveying instruments, alongside an understanding of the software available. This unit is designed to develop learnersï¿½ skills in using modern surveying equipment to carry out a range of typical site surveying procedures in the construction and built environment sector. Learners will undertake setting-out and control of alignment of construction work. This unit develops the understanding and skills required to perform surveying calculations. It is intended that the procedures outlined in the specification are performed using semi-manual methods and learners will also gain an understanding of the software available for site surveying. Learners will develop the skills required to produce cartographic details from survey information using a manual approach, alongside the benefits of computer-aided plotting.
Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics - 4 [HNCB 032]
This unit enables learners to develop an understanding of common rock types, their use in construction and develop the skills to classify and analyse the properties and characteristics of
This unit provides learners with skills to classify soil types and establish primary design parameters for soils. Learners will discuss the significance of the ground investigation element of site investigation. This unit also covers the skills required to test soils to current codes of practice and the associated analysis of laboratory data. Learners will also gain a working understanding of the tests needed to classify soils and establish their design parameters.
Civil Engineering Technology - 4 [HNCB 033]
T his unit enables learners to develop an understanding of the methods and techniques used to create civil engineering structures and the skills needed to solve problems associated with civil engineering activities.
This unit introduces learners to the methods and techniques used to create civil engineering structures. This unit has a strong theoretical underpinning and learners will develop an understanding of the technical requirements for substructures and superstructures. Learners will gain an understanding of hazards related to construction and civil engineering activities and consider the required health, safety and welfare legislation. Learners will also develop skills to design solutions and produce safety plans for civil engineering problems.
Structural Analysis and Design - 5 [HNCB 034]
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop skills to analyse and design statically
determinate structures in compliance with current codes of practice and standards.
This unit focuses on the skills required to analyse construction designs and appraise statically
determinate structures. Learners will design common structural elements to the appropriate British Standard, code of practice or European Code of Practice. Learners are encouraged to
work with real-life examples and develop the skills needed to produce effective and economic designs.
Management Principles and Application for Construction - 5 [HNCB 004]
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to understand management principles and their application to the construction and built environment sector. This unit introduces learners to the principles and application of management as they relate to the technical and professional disciplines of construction, civil engineering and building services engineering. It is based on the principles of the Latham Report of 1994, which advocated nonadversarial, multi-disciplinary teamworking. Learners will gain an understanding of how these principles may be applied to the management of construction, building services engineering or civil engineering activities through the application of recognised management techniques.
Group Project in the Construction Industry - 5 [HNCB 005]
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to devise and
implement a project scope and scheme of work, and evaluate and present the project. This unit will develop learners’ skills in terms of the evaluation and resolution of realistic practical
problems and the ability to work as part of a team. This unit also enables the application of
knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other units, and where possible experiences
from work, to a major piece of work. This unit is designed to bring together small groups of
learners into teams so that they can coordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of
work should give individual learners an opportunity to take responsibility for their contribution to
the outcome, and demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team. The brief will include an
agreed timescale, within defined constraints, with the teamworking towards an acceptable and
viable solution to the agreed brief. Learners will also develop skills to carry out evaluations of the
group project and be able to present solutions.
Contractual Procedures and Procurement for Construction - 5 [HNCB 011]
This unit provides learners with the opportunity to gain knowledge of the roles, responsibilities and activities of the parties and organisations involved in contractual procedures and the procurement of building projects. This unit develops a working knowledge of the nature and purpose of the legal requirements and procurement arrangements used in the construction and built environment sector. Learners will also gain knowledge of the parties and organisations involved in construction projects and how current issues and best practice are applied to the procurement of contracts. The varying available procurement arrangements will be considered throughout the design and construction cycle, from inception to completion of the contract. Learners will gain an understanding of the types of construction contracts in terms of time, cost, quality and supply chain management issues.
Measuring, Tendering and Estimating for Construction - 4 [HNCB 016]
This unit provides learners with an understanding of the tendering processes and procedures used in construction and the built environment. Learners will also gain skills to estimate for construction operations. The principles and techniques of estimating form an integral part of the tender process. The identification and selection of contractors and the available methodology are contrasted in terms of their appropriateness for construction procurement. Learners will gain an understanding of the contract documentation required for the tender process along with the constraints on a tender both in the pre-stages and post-stages of procurement. The factors that affect the level of tenders will be investigated by examining the build up of estimates for construction work, including profit, overheads and on-costs. Learners will also develop the skills needed to formulate estimates for construction operations.
Applied Mathematics for Complex Engineering Problems - 5 [HNCB 036]
This unit provides learners with the opportunity to develop an understanding of trigonometric
functions and the skills needed to apply advanced mathematical techniques to solve complex engineering problems.
This unit will enhance learners’ capabilities in respect of trigonometry, algebra, calculus and
statistics. Trigonometric functions are explored largely as a foundation for their application to the understanding of waves. Additional techniques, including matrices and numerical methods, are introduced so learners are able to solve linear and non-linear algebraic equations. Skills in the correct use and application of calculus are enhanced by introducing learners to partial differentiation and the application and solution of differential equations. This is developed by exploring the techniques used in integration, and the application of these techniques to the
calculation of areas and volumes. Learners will develop skills in data gathering and analysis by considering the common forms of distribution. Learners will also gain an understanding of how mathematics is used to communicate results and support decision making.
Advanced Civil Engineering - 5 [HNCB 037]
This unit enables learners to understand the methods and techniques used for specialised civil
engineering projects and develop skills in solving problems arising from construction and civil
This unit provides learners with an understanding of specialised methods and techniques used in complex civil engineering activities. There is a strong theoretical understanding underpinning the study of this unit, and there will be considerable emphasis on learners understanding the
selection of appropriate methods and resources through a variety of realistic case studies.
Hydraulic Principles and Applications - 5 [HNCB 038]
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop the skills required to solve hydrostatic
and flow problems, select appropriate pumps and undertake experiments in hydraulics.
This unit focuses on the forces in fluids, predominantly water, both at rest and in motion. Learners will develop the skills needed to use measuring instrumentation under laboratory conditions and will have an opportunity to record, and analyse data, and present the results in an
appropriate format. Learners will carry out calculations to analyse hydrostatic forces in relation to
civil engineering projects. This unit explores fluid kinetics, and its application to the design of
pipelines and channels. Learners will develop an appreciation of hydraulic machinery to enable them to understand pump and pipeline system problems. Learners will also investigate the use of hydraulic structures to measure and control the flow of fluids in channels.
Research Project - 5 [HNCB 062]
To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained
research investigation of direct relevance to their Higher Education programme and professional
This unit is designed to enable learners to gain confidence in using research techniques and
methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research including the proposal, a
variety of research methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research and presenting the
findings. To complete this unit satisfactorily, learners must understand the theory that underpins
formal research. The research itself will depend on learners, the context of their area of learning,
their focus of interest and the anticipated outcomes. This unit draws together a range of other
areas of content from within the programme of study to form a holistic piece of work that will
make a positive contribution to the learner’s area of interest. Learners should seek approval from
their tutors before starting their research project.