HND top-up Civil Engineering and the Built Environment

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 5
Credit Value:
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
(previous year's fees)
This programme is validated by Edexcel


The HND programme will provide you with a more advanced understanding of civil engineering. You will study key areas, such as contract procedures, project management and project research.

It is designed as a top-up from HNC Civil Engineering and enables you to study on a day-release.

You will study at college one day per week, 9am-7pm. The day will be confirmed after your induction day.

This programme can also be completed as a Higher Apprenticeship.


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Live project site visit

Our HND Construction and Civil Engineering students have been working on a live project with GMI Construction


The programme aims to provide you with a more advanced understanding of civil engineering. It is designed as a top-up from HNC Civil Engineering. It enables you to study on a day-release and evening mode to fit around your work commitments.

This programme was designed with the Institution for Civil Engineers (ICE) and other associated bodies. It is an internationally recognised qualification, by most employers, for people working towards Incorporated Engineer status.


Core Unit:
  • Group Project.

Specialist Units:
  • Further Mathematics for Construction
  • Geotechnics & Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Structural Design.

Optional Unit:
  • Alternative Methods of Construction
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Highway Engineering.


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Each individual unit will use different teaching and learning strategies, depending upon the nature of the subject. The teaching and learning strategies will include a combination of different approaches, including:
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Academic Tutorials
  • Site visits
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Questions
  • Practical work
  • Tests.

Maths and English

You will hold maths at grade 5/6 (equivalent grade B).

You will hold English at grade 4/5 (equivalent grade C).

Industry links:

We have many strong links to provide you with opportunities to further your knowledge, such as guest speakers and visits to industry.


You will be expected to working within the industry and will attend college on a day release basis. There are no formal work placement requirements, however, gaining experience in a real working environment will be encouraged.

You could enhance your career within the civil engineering industry by progressing to study a relevant subject at university.

Meet our students

Steven Hewitson - HNC/HND Civil Engineering

Steven Hewitson

Steven was delighted to find that we offered a university level programme that would support him with his change of career.

What else?

You will attend college on a day-release basis. You will also be expected to conduct additional independent study during your own time away from college to complete the programme.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview at the College where your suitability to the course will be assessed by the course leader.
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European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits:


Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
You will hold a Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering (RQF) (Merit overall - with Merits in Mathematics in Construction and Principles of Structural Design).