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hnd civil engineering

HND Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

  • 5

    Level 5

  • Duration
    3 years

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Part Time


This course is for individuals wishing to develop higher-level professional skills relevant to the construction and build environment sector.

This programme incorporates a combination of traditional classroom teaching, open learning and research based experiential learning, laboratory experiments and demonstrations, use of surveying equipment, industry standard IT applications and group activities. Many assignments are based around students' own work experiences.

The course comprises mandatory and optional units.

The mandatory units are:

Level 4
Individual Project
Construction Technology
Science and Materials
Construction Practice and Management
Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
Mathematics for Construction
Principles of Structural Design

Level 5
Group Project
Further Mathematics for Construction
Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics
Advanced Structural Design

Students will complete additional modules selected by the course team.

Students will normally attend college for one day per week for three years.

Unistats for this course

Why our College?

Outstanding progression

97% of our full time gradates and 100% of our part time graduates are in employment of further study 6 months after completing their degree (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes).

This places our College in the top 10% of providers and provides you with excellent routes to get you to where you want to be.

Flexible study options

Most of our courses require no more than two days attendance at college. This means you can continue to work alongside your studies and balance other commitments.

Smaller class sizes

Our smaller class sizes mean you get all the support you need during studies. This is a crucial difference to larger universities and provides you with access to your lecturers when you need them.

Entry Requirements

You will need one of the following: • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in construction or civil engineering • 2 relevant A Levels plus 4 GCSEs (Either grade A-C or grade four and above), including English and Mathematics • Access course with industrial experience • Extended Diploma in CBE. Minimum grades apply, please ask for details. Mature students with a relevant industrial background may also be considered subject to interview.

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. For International students we require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is: IELTS (SELT) 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components). Please contact the Advice shop for advice and guidance. International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and The Built Environment is
to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the
demands of employers in the construction and the built environment sector and
adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to
higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.


Amongst many objectives the course offers students the chance of career progression in their chosen field, with particular emphasis on achieving management-level positions, professional recognition and beyond.


Assessment is by a mix of assignments, project work and some exams.


This programme is widely recognised by employers and professional bodies and can provide pathways to both further education and membership of relevant professional bodies.

Career Progression

The course will equip students with the skills and knowledge needed for a variety of interesting and rewarding careers in civil engineering.


Course fees are £750 per 15 credit modules